A Walk Across America Short Essay - Answer Key

Peter Jenkins (travel author)
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How does Peter attempt to fulfill himself prior to starting his journey?

Peter tries healing himself through alcohol and drugs, but is still empty inside. He also tries changing his location by attending Woodstock and going to college.

2. Describe Peter's life growing up.

Peter grew up in suburban America. His family was wealthy. He felt he had little influence from the "real world."

3. Describe Peter's life while in college.

Peter marries his high-school sweetheart while in college. He later divorces her. In college he also meets friends who will influence his choice to travel.

4. In Chapter 1, how does Peter feel about America? What does he decide to do? Why does he change his mind?

Peter feels that America is an awful place. He decides to move to another country where life will be better. His friend convinces him that he should travel through America before deciding if it is a bad place.

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