Corregidora Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does Mutt not want Ursa to sing at Happy's? What happens when they have an argument over it in the alley?

Mutt does not want Ursa to sing at Happy's because he is jealous of the men who frequent the joint. Mutt pushes Ursa down some stairs during their argument in the alley and she has to go to the hospital.

2. Why does Tadpole take Ursa to Happy's to recover? What does Ursa ask Tadpole to do for her?

Tadpole takes Ursa to his place to recover because he thinks Mutt will bother her if he took her to the Drake. Ursa asks Tadpole to get the divorce papers so that she can divorce Mutt.

3. Who was Corregidora? How is Ursa related to him?

Corregidora was a Portuguese sea captain who had a plantation where he used his slaves as prostitutes. He is the father of Ursa's mother as well as her Grandmother, and slept with Ursa's great grandmother.

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