Darkness at Noon Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is in the cell in which Rubashov is locked at the beginning of the book?

There is a bed with a straw mattress and two fairly clean blankets. There is a wash basin with a functional faucet and a clean can/toilet.

2. Why does Rubashov think he is unable to hate No. 1?

Rubashov thinks he is unable to hate No. 1 because even with all the people that No. 1 has killed that No. 1 might be right.

3. What does Rubashov tell the warden when he is asked why he is not out of bed? What is the warden’s reply?

Rubashov tells the warder he is ill and then when the warder asks what is wrong, Rubashov says he has a toothache. The warder tells Rubashov that Rubashov cannot see the doctor until the next day.

4. What does Rubashov do after he is told he will get no breakfast?

Rubashov begins a conversation with the occupant of cell 402 by tapping out the letters of the alphabet to him.

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