Ham on Rye Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What does Henry's grandfather give him that is important to him?

Henry's grandfather gives him a gummy badge from his years of service in the German military and a pocket watch.

2. What happens when Henry's father drives to an orange grove to pick oranges?

When Henry's father drives to an orange grove to pick oranges, the grove owner takes exception and appears with a gun using it to chase them away.

3. Why wouldn't Big Henry allow Henry's mother to give Aunt Anna money when they obviously needed some to buy food?

Big Henry wouldn't allow Henry's mother to give Aunt Anna money when they obviously needed some to buy food because he didn't want her husband, John, to spend it on gin or gas.

4. Describe, in detail, an example of Big Henry's tendency to create scenes in public.

One of Big Henry's scenes which he created was at a diner. At the diner he complained loudly of fly shit being in the whipped cream and then threatened to burn down the diner.

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