In the Time of the Butterflies Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is Dede doing at the beginning of the book?

At the beginning of the book, Dede is answering questions from a reporter who wants to know about the details of her childhood and the death of her sisters.

2. Why are people interested in Dede’s story?

People are interested in Dede’s story because she is the only surviving Mirabal sister who were all caught up in a big political scandal and murder. They want to know what really happened and led to their horrible deaths.

3. What was predicted of Dede’s future?

Dede’s father told her once that he predicted in the future, she would bury everyone in her family in silk and pearls.

4. How does Dede’s life compare to the prediction of her future?

Dede’s life followed that prediction pretty well as she is the last survivor and has had to bury all of her family members after their horrible deaths.

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