Factotum Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What bet does Henry make in the opening chapter?

Henry applies for a no-experience-necessary, work-up delivery job. The night before his interview, he makes a bet he can get the job without shaving.

2. What does Henry do in El Paso?

AInEl Paso, Henry receives tickets for an overnight stay in a hotel and a meal in a café. Instead of using his ticket, Henry gives them to a bum and sleeps in the park. In the morning, Henry walks into the city with a girl and two young men.

3. What is Henry's frame of mind when he arrives in New Orleans?

Henry Chinaski arrives New Orleans with a cardboard suitcase, hoping for luck in a new town. He is feeling very depressed and he takes a room across from a café he describes as dirty.

4. Describe Henry Chinaski's character.

The first section establishes that the narrator, Henry Chinaski, likes his wine and dislikes paying jobs. He is a drifter with a crazed-look and suicidal tendencies.

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