A Man Without a Country Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How did age affect Kurt's upbringing?

Kurt was the youngest member of his family, and therefore had to try harder than his brother and sister to interact with the adults in a meaningful way. Kurt states that he was boring to the adults, so he had to find a way to become interesting.

2. What era did Kurt grow up in?

Kurt grew up in the Great Depression. According to Kurt, it was a fantastic time in the development of humor, as everyone needed something to laugh at.

3. What was important to Kurt while he was growing up?

Kurt found an early attachment to comedy. He was exposed to comedy often because of the its popularity in a time that was otherwise highlighted by misery. Kurt would listen to comedians on the radio for around an hour a day.

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