Hard Laughter Short Essay - Answer Key

Anne Lamott
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1. Why was the ancient castle built in San Francisco, according to the story's details?

The ancient castle was built by German immigrants before being bought by Jen's mom and dad because the immigrants wanted to feel at home.

2. Where are the children living at the beginning of the story?

Jen is living in a small cabin by herself, rent free. Randy is living with his father, Wallace, and Wallace's girlfriend, Sarah. Ben is living on his own.

3. What is the first sign that there is something wrong with Wallace, according to the story?

The first sign that something is wrong with Wallace happens when he cannot come up with the word 'zucchini' when he is thinking.

4. What is the finding of the doctor when Wallace goes in to find out more about the difficulties he's having?

The doctor finds a brain tumor right next to the language center of the brain, after Wallace goes to the doctor to find out more about the problem he's been having.

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