1. In what ways was Rudi's build different from that of most boys of the village?
Rudi's build was different in that his build was slim and light of muscle, his complexion was light as well as his eye color, and no whisker would sprout. The other boys had dark, weather stained complexions, short and stocky builds with black hair and dark eyes.
2. Why did Rudi have to keep to the shadows while playing hooky from work?
Rudi had to keep to the shadows when playing hooky from work to avoid being hauled back to work. He was a dishwasher who longed to climb the Citadel, and knew his mother and Uncle Franz would never approve, so had to avoid being seen.
3. Why did the people of Kurtal fear the Citadel?
The people of Kurtal feared the Citadel because they believed that it was the home of demons who would destroy any who trod upon it. Rudi's father had once attempted to climb the Citadel, and even though he had conquered other peaks nearby, and had been a skilled mountain man, he had even died on the Citadel.
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