Short Essay Questions Key
1. What does the girl do during the earthquake?
During the earthquake, at first the girl is confused. When she hears the tree fall, she tries desperately to get home. As she watches her shelter swallowed by the earth, she screams for her mother.
2. What causes the girl to run after the earthquake?
After the major earthquake, the girl runs because the earth starts to rumble again. She knows that no one will come for her, because her family has just disappeared into the earth, and there are no other people around. As the earth continues to rumble, she is afraid that it will open again and swallow her as well.
3. How does the girl stay warm at night?
The girl is naked, which is not much of a problem during the day. However, at night, she gets cold. She solves this problem by digging herself a little hole in the ground and covering herself with dirt and leaves. This nest keeps her warm.
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