Confessions of Zeno Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does the doctor apologize for in the preface? Why?

In the preface, the doctor apologizes for asking Zeno to write his autobiography. He apologizes because he thinks psychoanalysis patients will disdain such an unorthodox practice.

2. Who asked Zeno to write his own autobiography? Why?

A doctor asked Zeno to write his autobiography. The doctor's goal in asking Zeno to write his autobiography was to help Zeno get prepared for treatment.

3. Why does the doctor say he published Zeno's memoirs?

The doctor says he published Zeno's memoirs because he hoped to annoy Zeno. He also hoped to take his revenge since Zeno gave up his cure at the most interesting point.

4. Where does Zeno get his first cigarette, and how does he describe the first cigarettes he ever smoked?

Zeno gets his first cigarette from his friend Giuseppe. He describes the first cigarettes he ever smoked as being sold in little cardboard boxes that were stamped with the double-headed eagle.

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