Dalva Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Discuss Dalva's family tree.

Dalva discussed her family tree at the start of the novel when she writes a journal to her son that she gave up for adoption when she was young. Dalva's father is John Wesley, who died in the Korean war. Dalva's mother's name is Naomi. She also has a sister named Ruth and an uncle named Paul. Dalva's name came from a song that Paul played for her mother and father.

2. Discuss the phone conversation between Dalva and Ruth.

Dalva and Ruth have a telephone discussion where they inform each other about their lives. Ruth tells Dalva now that she is separated from her husband, she has taken on a lover; she says her lover is a priest. During the phone call, Dalva tells Naomi that she is dating a history professor named Michael. Dalva tells Ruth that Michael has some issues.

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