The Complete Fables Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does the fox get revenge against the eagle in "The Eagle and the Fox"?

The eagle steals some entrails from a burning sacrifice and the embers set her nest on fire. Her children fall out, and the fox eats them in front of her.

2. In "The Nightingale and the Hawk" what does the hawk say to the nightingale?

When the nightingale is caught by the hawk, she begs him to spare her life. The hawk replies that it is better to have her in the hand instead of trying to get something he has not seen.

3. In "The Goat and the Donkey" why is the goat sacrificed?

A goat is jealous of a donkey and asks him to fake an epileptic fit so he can get some rest. The donkey fakes one and gets bruised. The vet prescribes goat lung for the donkey to get better, and the goat is sacrificed by the farmer.

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