Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic Short Essay - Answer Key

Martha Beck
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1. What were some of the accomplishments that Martha Beck lists within the context of this book?

Martha held three degrees from Harvard, had written several books of non-fiction, and had completed this memoir.

2. What was the subject matter and the time period that this book covered?

This book was a personal memoir written by Martha, outlining the personal events which took place over the year she discovered she was pregnant with a child with Down Syndrome.

3. What did Martha learn about Adam, even though he was only three years old and could not speak yet?

Martha learns from a psychic she was interviewing for her dissertation that Adam wants her to be more open, which is what led to the writing of her memoir.

4. What did Martha and John feel about the prospect of going to Harvard to get their degrees?

Both John and Martha were intimidated by Harvard and the hard work they would have to do to succeed.

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