Idiot's Delight Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How is the Hotel Monte Gabriele described in the beginning of the play?

The Hotel Monte Gabriele is an upscale, boutique hotel. It features a live orchestra for entertainment and activities for the guests.

2. What is Pittaluga, the owner of Hotel Monte Gabriele, attempting to portray with his general outlook and behavior?

Pittaluga remains optimistic and positive around the guests and his staff. The reason for his attitude is to boost moral and confidence despite the hotel's decrease in business.

3. What is the relevance of the hotel's location to the play's story?

The hotel has a remote location in the Italian Alps, close to the borders of Switzerland and Austria. Because of the war in the neighboring countries, many of the hotel guests are trying to cross the border. This is one of the reasons they are all gathered in the hotel at once, creating the catalyst for the story.

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