Feathers Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How does Frannie describe the new boy's voice on his first morning in the class room, and why does the class react to it?

Frannie notes that his voice is "new and soft." His voice is probably more notable than it would otherwise have been because he is white and his accent would have been different from that of most of the students.

2. What does Frannie say about her memories of the year she'd started school a month late?

She says that when she'd arrived at school in October, a month after school started, everyone else had already "buddied up." She remember that she had felt like an outsider even though school had been in session only for a month. She says that memory had been on her mind all day.

3. What does Frannie say about the new boy's appearance as he looks around the room?

She says that he's calm and quiet in a way that she's never seen on a kid before. She notes that he looks directly at Trevor even after Trevor said a rude word about the new boy. Trevor glares but the new boy continues his calm perusal of the class. When he meets Frannie's eyes, Frannie smiles and the boy's returns a "tiny, calm smile."

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