Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why does Andrew return to his mother's house?
Andrew's mother died from a massive stroke, and Andrew comes home for the funeral. He plans to go through his parents' belongings and get the house ready to sell.
2. Describe the relationship between Andrew and Martha.
Andrew and Martha were married, but he recently separated from her. She still lives in the modern house they lived in together in New Jersey with their son, Billy.
3. What does Andrew dream about the night of his mother's funeral?
It's a hot, humid night and Andrew has a vivid dream about a similar night when he was eighteen. That night, Jim Close was killed and his daughter, Eden, was shot. Edith Close told the police there was an intruder in the house.
4. Who discovered Andrew's mother died?
Andrew's mother called her next-door neighbor Edith, complaining of a headache. By the time Edith got over to the house, Andrew's mother died of a massive stroke.
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