Fifth Business Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does the narrator recall the date the story begins so clearly?

He recalls it clearly because he had been playing with Percy, and Percy was upset that his new sled didn't go faster than the narrator's old sled.

2. At the beginning of the story, what happens when the narrator leaves Percy to go home for dinner?

Percy follows him around, taunting him and throwing snowballs at him.

3. Why do the Dempster's always take their stroll around town during the dinner hour?

The Dempsters stroll around town during the dinner hour because village customs prevent pregnant women from being seen in public, and Mrs. Dempster is pregnant. So they chose a time when most people were indoors.

4. What does Dunstan, the narrator, tell the Headmaster of the school that he recently retired from, is the point of this book?

To set the record straight about what kind of man Dunstan is, and the truth of the events that occurred.

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