Blankets: An Illustrated Novel Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the opening scene with the brothers?

The story begins with two brothers, Phil and Craig, sleeping in the same bed. The boys are young and not altogether happy about the sleeping arrangements. As Craig states, "Shared' is a sugar-coated way of saying we were trapped in the same bed, as we were children and had no say in the matter" (Chapter 1, p. 10).

2. What causes the boys to argue?

Phil falls into the boys' game of shipwreck. He begins to talk and says that sharks are nibbling at the side of the bed. Craig pretends to sleep and fake snores but Phil knows that Craig is faking. Craig says it is a bed and not a boat and tells Phil to sleep. Phil then begins to complain about Craig hogging the blankets and that Craig is taking up more than his share of the bed. The boys begin to tussle with the blankets and eventually cause so much noise that their father comes upstairs.

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