An Unquiet Mind Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What happens to the plane that flies over the school yard in the first chapter?

The plane flies over the yard very low and very loud. Finally it crashes into a row of trees directly in front of the school. The pilot burns to death.

2. What indications are there that there is history of manic depression in Jamison's family?

The disease is believed to be hereditary and there are indications of manic depression in her father's moods. He is at times highly entertaining and at other times simply weird. Sometimes he sinks into sullen, uncommunicative moods that lead to bouts of anger and screaming.

3. Why does Jamison admire her older brother?

Jamison admires and adores her older brother who she states is "smart, fair and self-confident." She always feels protected when he is around.

4. What reason does Jamison give for not getting on with her sister?

Her relationship with her older sister is complicated by her sister's dark, biting humor, her rejection of the families military life and her general cynicism.

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