Short Essay Questions Key
1. What natural phenomenon threatens the cacao crop at the beginning of the novel? How do the inhabitants of Ilhéus respond to this situation?
At the beginning of the novel, the cacao crop is threatened by the lack of rain. The inhabitants of Ilhéus respond to this situation by praying to their patron saint and having a procession on St. George's Day.
2. What news does Nacib receive upon awakening in the first part of the novel? Why does this present a conflict for Nacib?
Upon awakening in the first part of the novel, Nacib receives the news that his cook Filomena is leaving to live with her son in Água Preta. This presents a conflict for Nacib because he needs to host a banquet for the inauguration of the bus company and therefore will have to find another cook.
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