Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why does Flashman think Elspeth's child is not his?
Flashy doubts he is the biological father of his wife's unborn child. Like himself, Elspeth enjoys sleeping around and they seem to have an unspoken agreement that their marriage is open.
2. Why is Flashman's decision to stand for Parliament seen as a good thing all round?
Morrison decides having an MP in the family makes good business sense. After years of witnessing the horrors of war, Flashman sees it as a quiet life.
3. How does Flashman almost kill Bryant?
Angry Bryant has accused him of cheating, Flashy chases him out of the door. He confronts him on the staircase, spinning him around and punching him in the face. Bryant tumbles down the stairs, fracturing his skull.
4. What is happening in England when Flashman returns?
Flashy returns to England in the middle of the 1848 working class revolutions that shakes the European Continent. His father-in-law, Mr. Morrison worries the country will soon turn violent.
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