Close Range: Wyoming Stories Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What leads to Mero's drive in The Half-Skinned Steer? Where is he going?

Mero gets a call from a relative he has never met, informing him that Rollo, his brother, has died. As Mero begins to drive cross country from his home in Massachusetts, he recalls his childhood on the family ranch in Wyoming.

2. What does Mero recall of his brother in The Half-Skinned Steer?

Mero recalls how he and Rollo felt their father had betrayed the ranch by taking a job as a postal worker. He also recalls the time they took an anthropologist up to the caves where they had discovered Indian drawings and artifacts.

3. Who told Mero the story about the steer that was half-skinned? What happened in the story?

A story was told by Mero's father's girlfriend about a rancher who had a plate in his head that caused him to be forgetful. One day this man was skinning a steer. The man drained the steer of blood and had it half-skinned when he was called in to dinner. When the man returned, the steer was gone. Then, the man caught sight of the steer walking in a distant pasture.

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