Short Essay Questions Key
1. In Chapter 1, we meet Norman Musahri, a lawyer. What else do we learn about Mushari? For whom does he work?
Norman Mushari is a lawyer in the firm of McAllister, Robjent, Reed, and McGee in New York. He is the "shortest, youngest, and least Anglo-Saxon" member of the firm. He is a loner, and hates the Rosewater Foundation. Mushari works under the senile senior member of the firm, Thurmond McAllister. This gives him easy access to the lawyer's confidential files.
2. Who is Eliot Rosewater? What do we learn about him in the first chapter of the novel?
Eliot Rosewater is the son of the founding member of the Rosewater Foundation, Lister Rosewater. Eliot became the president of the Foundation in 1947 when he was thirty-one years old. Eliot is being divorced form his wife Sylvia Zetterling as the story begins. He has written a letter to the future heir of the company explaining the family history so far, and describes himself as a "drunkard, a Utopian dreamer, a tinhorn saint, an aimless fool." He is the target of Norman Mushari's overthrow plot.
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