Short Answer Key
Introduction and Pages 1 through 34.
1. According to the book's introduction by Joan Acocella, why was the author, Stefan Zweig, so interested in the inner workings of the human mind?
He was a friend of Sigmund Freud.
2. In the introduction, Zweig says his depiction of Kekesfalva's early life and the discrimination he felt is based on what?
It is based on the experience of Eastern Jews.
3. According to the introduction, in what way did Zweig's life mirror that of his main character, Hofmiller?
He married a very young, very naïve secretary.
4. In his own introduction to the book, where does Zweig say the story came from?
It is a true story told to him by the main character.
5. How does the main character, Hofmiller, say his story began?
It began with an innocent blunder on his part.
6. Why does Hofmiller say...
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