(a) Who helped Ruth escape from Frank? Which of these characters do you think
was most important to the success of the escape?
(b) Do you think Ruth's escape was necessary, or was Idgie overreacting? How did
Idgie know that it was time to help Ruth escape?
(c) How did Frank react when he heard that Ruth was going to escape their
marriage? What lies did Frank tell the neighbors after Ruth escaped? Do you
think the neighbors believed Frank? Why or why not? What happened when
Frank came looking for Ruth after her escape? Were you expecting this turn of
events? Why or why not?
(d) How was race in integral part of Ruth's escape from Frank? Do you think the
escape would have been successful had Big George, a black man, not been part of
the plan? Why or why not?