Cloud Nine Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. In Act I, Scene 1, Harry introduces the reader to his family. Describe Harry's family.

Harry's family is not just this wife and children. His family includes friends, employees and servants.

2. When Clive returns home, Betty tells him about all the "womanly things" she has done like playing piano and reading poetry. What does Betty's actions tell the reader about the roles of women?

Betty's "womanly things" implies to the reader that the role of women during this time is to be a housewife, educated and proper. Clive's reaction also implies to the reader that male acceptance is crucial.

3. Betty claims that Joshua, the servant, is being rude to her. When Clive confronts Joshua, his story is different. Why does Clive believe Joshua over his own wife?

Clive believes Joshua instead of Betty because he doesn't value his wife's opinion. In his mind, the man is always right.

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