Dawn Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the city setting at the start of the story when Elisha is standing near a window.

The city seems silent, motionless, unreal, and very far away. A cry of a child can be heard in the transparent twilight.

2. What does Elisha know about the man who is residing in the hiding place where Elisha is?

All Elisha knows about the man in the hiding place with him is that is is an Englishman, which makes him an enemy.

3. What is the lesson that the beggar taught Elisha when he was walking through the dark?

The beggar taught Elisha never to be afraid of the dark as night is purer than the day time hours. It is more intense and truer than daytime.

4. How can one tell the different between night and day time, according to the beggar in Elisha's memory?

The beggar tells Elisha that when you look into a man's eyes, you can see if it is night or day - if one sees a face in the man's eyes, night has succeeded day.

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