A Gathering of Days Short Essay - Answer Key

Joan W. Blos
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1. What is the first journal entry in the book and by whom is it written?

The first journal entry begins with Catherine Cabot Hall's proclamation: "I, Catherine Cabot Hall, aged 13 years, 6 months, 29 days, of Meredith in the State of New-Hampshire, do begin this book."

2. What does Catherine tell about her life as she begins her journal?

Catherine tells of her family, her home, and her friends. Catherine explains that her mother has died and that her friend Cassie's mother, Mrs. Shipman, teaches Catherine and her younger sister the things that mothers teach their daughters.

3. What spooky story does Mr. Hall tell that foreshadows events in the woods?

One evening after supper, Mr. Hall tells his two daughters a story of a man searching in the woods for four lost hogs. Mr. Hall explains that a headless woman frightened off the man. Unsure of what he truly saw, the man returned to the woods and found the headless woman to be nothing more than a stump. Catherine retells the story to her friends, Asa and Cassie, who will soon join Catherine in her sightings of a phantom in the woods.

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