Collected Fictions Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In "The Cruel Redeemer Lazarus Morell," describe Lazarus' moral character.

Lazarus is completely amoral. He sets slaves free, an action that seems good, but it is only in order to recapture and resell them. He goes so far as to preach in a church to create a diversion so his men can steal.

2. In "The Improbable Impostor Tom Castro," what is Tom's relationship to Ebenezer Bogle?

Tom is a friendly person, but he is not very intelligent or self-directed. These qualities make him easy to manipulate, and Ebenezer finds the perfect dupe in Tom to perpetuate his scheme. Tom is so dependent on Ebenezer, that when he dies, Tom's whole impersonation act falls to pieces.

3. In "The Widow Ching--Pirate," Ching becomes a pirate, but does she have any virtuous qualities, even in this criminal profession?

Yes, Ching has a detailed and orderly law for her crew. She also controls the looting done by her crew and the sexual use of female prisoners. Finally, she still maintains a sense of loyalty to her Emperor.

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