Homesick Short Essay - Answer Key

Guy Vanderhaeghe
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1. How old is Jean when the story begins, where does she live and how does she feel about living there?

Jean, the author, starts the story as a ten-year-old girl living in a city called Hankow in China. She was American, and felt she was living on the wrong side of the world and that she should be in America with her grandmother.

2. What school did Jean attend and what did the children in that school do that Jean refused to do?

Jean attended a British school where the schoolchildren daily sang "God Save the King". Jean, her cultural identity further confused, refused to sing the song after awhile. Her teacher, Miss Williams, noticed and Jean had to confess she didn't want to sing the song as an American who did not pledge allegiance to the British king.

3. What happened when Jean was accosted at recess by a boy?

At recess, a stout boy named Ian Forbes confronted Jean and demanded she say "God Save the King". Ian twisted Jean's arm until she burst into tears, but she would not say it.

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