Across Five Aprils Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is happening at the very beginning of the book?

The book opens with the Creighton family getting ready to plant potatoes in their field. Jethro is 9 years old, and this is the first time he gets to be involved in the field work.

2. How do Jethro and his mother feel about the onset of the Civil War?

Jethro and his mother have differing views of the onset of the Civil War. Jethro is excited for it to start, but Ellen, Jethro's mother, is terrified of the pain that a war will cause.

3. How old is Jenny, and what is her role in the household?

Jenny is 14 years old at the beginning of the book. As the only female child in the house, her duties include cooking, cleaning, and tending the family garden.

4. What reward does Jethro get at the beginning of the book?

Since this is Jethro's first year working in the fields, he gets to sit at the adult table, eat the first greens from the garden, and drink coffee.

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