Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe Havana on New Year's Eve, as portrayed in Chapter 1. What has happened to affect the city this way?
In Chapter 1, Carlos remembers Havana on New Year's Eve as exceptionally quiet. Normally the streets would have been full of partying, but this year they are completely empty. The streets are silent because Fidel is at the point of overthrowing Batista's government.
2. In Chapter 2, who is the man who hides behind Marie Antoinette, and what happens to him?
The man who hides behind Marie Antoinette in Chapter 2 is an escaped prisoner, whom the police shoot and kill.
3. How do Louis XVI's staff members treat him and his family? Why?
Louis XVI's staff members treat him and Carlos with the utmost respect, constantly asking if they can be of service in any way. They act in this manner because Louis XVI is a judge with integrity, and they admire him.
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