Short Essay Answer Key
1. Why were a million people gathered on January 31, 1948?
Near the holy waters of Jumna, outside New Delhi, a million people waited in the oppressive heat for the funeral procession of the Mahatma, Mohandas K. Gandhi. Gandhi had been assassinated the day before, January 30, 1948.
2. Describe Gandhi. Why did major leaders come to pay homage to him?
When he died, Gandhi was what he had always been: a private citizen with no wealth, property, title or noteworthy professional achievement. Despite this, all the major leaders of the world paid homage to him. Gandhi had made "humility and truth more powerful than empires."
3. Describe Gandhi as a child.
As a young boy, Gandhi showed no proclivity towards school work and no special talent. Mohandas was shy and obedient on the surface. However, even as a child he had a rebellious, independent streak...
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