The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What happens on the first day of Francis Macomber's hunting trip?

On the first day of Francis Macomber's hunting trip in the safari, he shoots and wounds a lion, but is terrified to go after it and kill it. He is mocked by everyone for his cowardice; even by his wife, who tells him he is not a real man.

2. How does Paco from "The Capital of the World" die?

Paco dies when he is stabbed by a dish washer while playing a game. The dish washer was holding two knives pretending they were the horns of a bull. Paco was pretending to be a bullfighter, and died from his wounds while waiting for the ambulance.

3. What does the narrator tell the old man at the bridge to do, and why does he not listen?

The narrator tells the old man at the bridge that he must hurry on as the Fascist army is rapidly approaching and will surely kill him. The old man says that his life is gone now, and he no longer has any hope of escaping the army.

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