The Canterville Ghost Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What are the names of the Otis children? What does this signify?

The oldest son is named Washington, after the first president of the United States; the second child, Virginia, is named for a state, coincidentally it is the state Washington is from; and the twins are only known as the "stars and stripes" referring to the American flag. Clearly, the Otis's are patriotic Americans.

2. When does Lord Canterville say the ghost appears? What is Mr. Otis's response to this?

Lord Canterville says that the ghost appears just before a member of his family dies. Mr. Otis says that the family doctor usually appears before the death of family members as well.

3. What does the oldest Otis son say when he is told the bloodstain cannot be cleaned?

When the housekeeper says that the bloodstain in the library cannot be cleaned, Washington says that is a ridiculous statement, and cleans it up in a matter of minutes with an American stain removal solvent.

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