1. How have the fortunes of the Mackenzie family changed over time?
The Mackenzie family was wealthy before emigrating from Scotland to America. Misplaced trust led the family to be poor immigrants in their new country. At the beginning of the novel, times are even rougher for the family since Basil Mackenzie passed away.
2. At the beginning of the story, where is Maggie Mackenzie moving her family?
At the beginning of the story, following the death of Basil Mackenzie, Maggie is moving her seven children to Iowa from their home in Illinois to be closer to her eldest daughter who lives in Blackhawk County with her husband.
3. What is Abbie said to be fascinated by in Chapter 1?
In Chapter 1, Abbie is said to be fascinated by stories of her grandmother, Isabelle Anders-Mackenzie and a portrait of her that Abbie's sister often describes.
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