An Ice-cream War Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe how Walter ended up in Africa.

Walter ended up in Africa when he saw an advertisement for a job as a manager for an African hunting trip for former President Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit. Walter got the job, but he makes the mistake of mentioning that the Roosevelts leave a great deal of wounded animals behind. Walter is fired, but he decides to remain in Africa.

2. Describe the Von Bishops relationship.

Erich and Liesl are married. In the beginning of the novel, Erich is waiting for Liesl at a train station in Africa. It has been a year since they have seen each other. Liesl is returning from a year in Europe where she went after she became ill in Africa. Liesl is not fond of Africa

3. How does the author use point of view in the novel?

The author uses a shifting point of view in the novel. It alternates to provide the perspective of different characters. In doing this, the author is able to reveal the thoughts and actions of a number of different characters.

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