Elbow Room Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Describe Gloria in regards to her views on country music and the south. Be sure to include where she is from.

New York-born and raised Gloria dismisses country music as a valid art form and hates the South in general, accepting horror stories from earlier refugees.

2. How does Gloria's husband feel about square dancing and why is it surprising he feels this way?

Gloria's husband loves square dancing which is surprising because his family rejected all dancing and he now lives in the North with all of the Northern pretentiousness.

3. Describe Gweneth Lawson as seen through the narrator's eyes.

The narrator says Gweneth Lawson's rich brown neck, swaying braids, colorful ribbons, white Peter Pan collar, and the scent of fresh cut lemons that surround her win his heart.

4. What doesn't Mrs. Boswell abide and for what is she determined to prepare the boys?

Mrs. Boswell cannot abide clock-watchers or timid boys and is determined to prepare them for the sticky parts of the rose bed of life their mamas depict.

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