Cradle and All Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. As Kathleen walks through the unfamiliar streets of South Boston, it is described as cold and rundown. How is this description foreshadowing the mood of the story?

This description leaves the reader with a dismal taste in their mouth. One can tell that Kathleen's situation is not a pleasant one nor will it have a pleasant and quick solution.

2. Why might Kathleen have traveled to a foreign city to have her abortion?

Kathleen is confused and scared. She doesn't know how she got in the situation she is in and is embarrassed by it. Going to a clinic near her home may only spread gossip and make her even more upset.

3. How might Kathleen have felt when she found the doctor and nurse dead in the office?

Kathleen could have felt helpless and destined to deal with her situation. Kathleen could have seen this situation as an omen as to what lies ahead.

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