Now Jim was a dreamer, but he was a thinker, too. And he thought one day that if he let


Now Jim was a dreamer, but he was a thinker, too. And he thought one day that if he let his owner meet the cooter, he might get his freedom that way. After all, a talkin cooter was a wonderful thing to hear. So Jim went on back to the plantation. He found the slaveowner, and he says, “Mas, I wanter tell you about this cooter down there at the pond.”
—“The Talking Cooter,”
Virginia Hamilton
What is the topic of this passage?
Jim makes friends with a cooter.
An enslaved man believes a talking cooter willhim gain his freedom.
A talking cooter wants to meet Jim.
Jim is a talking cooter who wants to be a dreamer like his owner.


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