Dubliners Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does Old Cotter think children should spend time with other children rather than befriending old men?

Old Cotter thinks that children should spend time with other children rather than befriending old men because old men have ideas that are too far developed for "impressionable" children to consider critically.

2. Describe what happens when Father Flynn takes snuff.

When Father Flynn takes snuff, his shaky hands spill a fair amount of the tobacco, leaving a continual blackish cast to his clothing.

3. What did Father Flynn hope to do before he died?

Father Flynn hoped to visit his childhood home one more time with his sisters.

4. What incident led to the decline in Father Flynn's health?

Father Flynn broke a chalice, which, if it had not been empty, would have contained the consecrated wine, which to Catholic belief is the blood of Christ. The trauma of nearly having spilled the blood of Christ weakened his mind considerably.

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