Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Act 1 Abstract
* The play begins and ends with a formal tableau, in which adult Michael explains his memories of the summer of 1936.
* The family gets their first wireless set that summer.
* They name the radio Marconi because the name is on the set.
* Three weeks later, Uncle Jack returns from 25 years in an African leper colony...
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