American Pastoral Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does the narrator say about the neighborhood's reason for idolizing Swede?

The narrator says that the neighborhood idolizes Swede because he broke records with his athletic performance and made Jews forget about the war and made them feel that they belonged as Americans.

2. What is the nature of Nathan's reminiscence about "The Kid from Tomkinsville"?

When Nathan reminisces about "The Kid from Tomkinsville", he wonders whether Swede could encounter the same disaster as the fictional hero.

3. How does the narrator say Swede's grandfather became a glove manufacturer?

The narrator says Swede's grandfather became a glove manufacturer by working in the family tannery learning everything about making gloves, slaughtering animals, and dying skins.

4. What is the nature of the description of Newark Maid Leatherware?

The Newark Maid Leatherware store is described as being opened by Lou after the Depression and it turned into a thriving business with a second location in Puerto Rico.

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