Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is Robert Neville's mission in life as described in Part I, Chapter 1?
As the book opens, Robert Neville is seemingly the only survivor of a plague which has turned the rest of the world into vampires. His prime mission in life is to destroy "the others" before they can infect him with the virus.
2. Describe Robert Neville as he is introduced to the reader in Part I, Chapter I.
Robert Neville is tall with blond hair and blue eyes. He is 36 years old.
3. In Part I, Chapter 1, what does Robert do for recreation?
Robert spends most of his day carving stakes and repairing whatever damages the vampires have done to his house during the night. For recreation, he smokes, reads science books, and listens to classical music on his record player.
4. What has Robert done to keep the vampires out of his home?
Robert has put a mirror on the door and boarded his windows. He has garlic all over the house. He has carved a number of wooden stakes, which he replenishes as needed. Robert has burned down the houses surrounding his to keep the vampires from jumping on his roof from those houses. He has installed a deadbolt and a peephole.
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