Short Essay Questions Key
1. What disaster happened in Stockholm the evening before?
The evening before a house collapsed in Stockholm. The main character, a student called Arkenholz, witnessed the event and spent all evening helping people escape from the building.
2. Where is the student at the beginning the scene?
Looking exhausted and slightly black from helping out with the house, the student is standing next to a drinking fountain. Opposite the fountain is a huge, beautiful house.
3. How does the Milkmaid help the student?
The student meets the Milkmaid by the fountain and tells her his experiences from the night before. She takes pity on him and helps the student wash out his eyes.
4. Why does Jacob Hummel think it is strange that the student is talking to the Milkmaid?
An old man called Jacob Hummel approaches the student and asks why he is speaking to thin air. It appears the Milkmaid is nothing but an apparition.
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