Short Essay Answer Key
1. What is Mary Lawson's nationality, and how does she write about her native country?
Mary Lawson is a Canadian living in England. Ms. Lawson brings a unique perspective of the wilds of Canada to her writing, creating a setting that is unusual and so vividly drawn that the setting almost becomes another character in the novel.
2. Who was Grandmother Morrison and what did she urge her children to do in their lives?
In the Prologue, Katie tells the reader about her Grandmother Morrison, who had a book rest fixed to her spinning wheel so she could read as she worked. It was Grandmother Morrison who recognized the importance of education and who urged each one of her children to finish school. Based on a portrait that always hung in her parents' bedroom, Katie believes that Matt is the one who most resembles Grandmother Morrison...
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