Short Essay Questions Key
1. What purpose does the circle of listeners serve in "The Town-Ho's Story"?
The circle of listeners in "The Town-Ho's Story" serve the purpose of taking the place of the reader in asking questions that the reader might reasonably be expected to ask, such as "What is a Lakeman?" or "What is a Canaller?"
2. What does the narrator say happens to one in command who discovers a subordinate who is "significantly his superior"?
According to the narrator of "The Town-Ho's Story," a commander who finds himself in charge of one who is "significantly his superior" will develop an unconquerable dislike and bitterness toward the person under him.
3. What was disrespectful about Radney asking Steelkilt to sweep the deck?
Radney's asking Steelkilt to sweep the deck was disrespectful in two ways: Radney knew that Steelkilt was exhausted from his shift working the pumps, and sweeping the deck is a task normally assigned to those who worked under Steelkilt in his gang.
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