The Grass Harp Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who tells the narrator about the grass harp? What is it?

The grass harp is a field of tall Indian grass near the town cemetery. Collin recalls that his aunt Dolly had told him that the wind rustling through the tall grass reminded her of a grass harp creating the sound of humanlike voices. According to Dolly, this grass harp tells the story of the people who live or who have ever lived in the area.

2. How does the narrator's father feel about Verena and Dolly? How does the narrator come to live with them?

Collin's father had been antagonistic toward the two women for years and Collin does not know these distant relatives when he is transitioned to their care after his mother dies. Distraught with grief, Collin's father breaks down emotionally and Verena arrives at the Fenwick home to rescue the young Collin.

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