Short Essay Answer Key
1. At the beginning of the novel, what does Andy recall doing when he was fifteen years old?
At the beginning of the novel, Andy recalls that when he was fifteen, he spent every penny he had to fly to Brandon, Manitoba to watch a total eclipse of the sun. Andy recounts lying in a farmer's field and experiencing "a mood of darkness and inevitability and fascination" that he has never been able to shake since.
2. In Chapter 1, what does Andy say worries him about his dogs?
In Chapter 1, Andy says his dogs sometimes worry him, and he gives the example of a yellow gunk that he has to clean from their snouts. He says he has a feeling that the dogs have rummaged through the dumpsters behind the cosmetic surgery center, and suspects that the gunk is "yuppie liposuction fat."
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