Short Essay Questions Key
1. How did Amalie von Ranke inherit a considerable amount of money and what did she do with that fortune?
Amalie von Ranke inherited a considerable amount of money through an "unlikely stroke of fortune" and used it to own a considerable amount of real estate.
2. Describe who Graves' paternal grandfather was and what his importance was within society.
Graves' paternal grandfather was a Protestant Bishop of Limerick.
3. What did Amalie von Ranke believe she could do once she met Alfred Graves?
Once Amalie met Alfred she believed that she could remain at home and become his wife and perform humanitarian services of a different kind than she was used to performing.
4. How did Graves become aware of the class distinctions and how did he view them during this time?
Graves became aware of the class distinctions through his battle with Scarlet Fever at age four-and-one-half. He realized that a few patients were receiving preferential and deferential treatment. He then generalized this once he came home and noticed that the servants were not equal to the family members.
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