Buried Onions Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who is the protagonist of the book? How is his objective defined in Chapter 1?

Eddie is the protagonist of Buried Onions, a coming of age story about a young man raised in the barrio culture of Fresno. Eddie lives in a world of gangsters and punks and he tries desperately to rise above his surroundings.

2. How is Eddie’s neighborhood described in Chapter 1?

The neighborhood is run-down, and it's the kind of place where the "fences are sagging and the paint blistered on houses... Laundry wept from the lines, the faded flags of poor, ignorant, unemployable people... Some guys, all of them Mexican like [Eddie], worked on their cars" (Chapter 1, p. 2).

3. Who does Eddie believe will have brighter futures as described in Chapter 1? Why?

Eddie believes the students at the local college who are learning to be morticians will be the lucky ones. They will get good jobs, because there is never a shortage of death in this area.

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