1. Why is the first chapter titled "The City of My Dreams"?
"The City of My Dreams," the first chapter's title, could mean that Elli's hometown provides all the material for her dreams. She seems to have been a happy girl and that might be in part from her surroundings. The town of Somorja gives Elli safety. She can run with her friends and swim in the river.
2. Describe Laura's "lack of affection."
Laura is not demonstrative with hugs and cuddles. She is perhaps too busy for small gestures and, instead, works to care for her family. She is not overly romantic. Laura is a serious person and is worried about her family's future. She cares for her family in different ways.
3. Why would Bubi's father ignore his story concerning Budapest?
Bubi's father ignores Bubi's story concerning Nazi soldiers arriving at Budapest. Perhaps he does not believe Bubi or does not want to believe him. It is possible that he is in denial about the situation and unsure of what to do with his family. So, he does nothing at all.
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