Back to the Bedroom Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What did the "birthday cake" house look like?

The birthday cake house was painted a very pale gray with ribbon and bow stucco trim that was painted white. It had a gray tiled mansard roof that was steeply slanted and the whole house was dominated by a rounded half turret facade that had a conical roof tipped in silver and topped with a flying horse weather vane.

2. Describe Kate's personality.

Kate seems to be a repressed work-a-holic, who had become a master of situational manipulation. Although she is described as not having a mean bone in her body, she had learned early how to protect her ego and throw well aimed temper tantrums. A bit over emotional, she remains a formidable entity who seems remarkably self assured.

3. How did David justify that Kate wasn't exactly a domestic type?

David justified his comment that Kate wasn't exactly a domestic type of woman by the fact that she wasn't much of a baker. David goes by the idea that women who are domestic-like know how to make a cake and to bake. Not only can Kate not bake, but she also doesn't own any furniture.

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