Goodbye, Columbus Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Explain the social and economic difference between Brenda and Neil.

Brenda's family made their money from a business in Newark, N.J., and moved up into the socially prominent Short Hills community. Neil's family is still living frugally in Newark. Class and money are the main factors separating these two Jewish families.

2. Why is Neil not conscious of class distinctions?

He was in the Army and traveled to various places in the world. This experience gave him a different outlook on people and social status.

3. Describe Neil's family in Newark.

His Uncle Max, Aunt Gladys, and cousin Susan live in Newark and that is where Neil is staying while he works in the Newark Library. They are a conventional middle class family of orthodox Jews.

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