Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the author's relationship with his father, prior to his leaving the family.

The author's relationship with his father, prior to his leaving the family, is a close one. Bennie enjoys sitting on his dad's lap, playing with the veins in his hands or other games together. He waits anxiously for his dad to come home for work, running to meet him many afternoons.

2. How did the author respond to the news that his father was leaving the family?

When the author found out his dad was leaving the family, he began arguing with his mother. He tried to find a way to convince his mother to let his father return home. He knew his father did some "bad things" but did not see his father as bad. Since his parents did not share the details of their separation, the author had trouble understanding why his father could no longer live at home.

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