Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the setting of Act 1, Scene 1.
The play begins on the side of a country road stretching into the distance, on an early evening in May. Robert sits on a fence and gazes off toward the horizon.
2. What is the relationship between Andrew and Robert at the beginning of the play?
Andrew and Robert are brothers who have always gotten along well together. They seem to understand each other and give each other support. Although Andrew teases Robert, it is clear that he loves his brother when he says that they're unlike other brothers who fight all the time.
3. What work is Andrew considered to be well suited for?
Andrew is a good farmer and has a love of the earth that his brother does not share. He knows how to manage the farm and make it prosperous.
4. Describe Robert's interests at the beginning of Act 1.
Robert is seen reading a book of poems at the beginning of the play. He likes to look out over the horizon and dream about traveling the world. He says he wants to"keep moving so he doesn't "take root in any one place."
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