A House in the Sky Short Essay - Answer Key

Amanda Lindhout
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1. Explain the relationship between Russell and Amanda's family. How did Amanda's mother meet Russell?

Russell's father disappeared when he was young and his mother died in an accident. Amanda's grandparents had no more children at home, so they took Russell and his brothers into their home and raised them. Once Amanda's parents got divorced, Amanda's mother became reacquainted with Russell, and they became a couple even though he was much younger than Lori.

2. Describe Amanda's childhood. How did Amanda view the world even as a small child?

Amanda had a tough childhood. She was a child of divorce, had very little money, no friends, and witnessed domestic violence. Even after all that, Amanda still viewed the world positively. She believed the word was a good place.

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