Forrest Gump Short Essay - Answer Key

Winston Groom
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1. Describe how Forrest Gump introduces himself in Chapter 1.

Forrest Gump introduces himself as an idiot and mentally slow. He explains that his life has not been a box of chocolates. He has been treated shabbily, but overall his life has been really interesting. Forrest knows when people cheat him and he is more perceptive than people think.

2. Recall how Forrest claims to have read about idiots in literature, and list those authors.

Forrest claims to have read about idiots in literature, where they always seem smarter than other people think. He cites Fyodor Dostoevsky's Idiot, Shakespeare, Faulkner, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

3. Summarize how Forrest was raised and his early schooling.

Forrest was half-orphaned as an infant, and has been raised by his protective widowed mother who takes every effort to raise him normally. Forrest went to a "special school" with "funny fellers," until he was recruited to play foot ball in high school.

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