Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What kind of man does the narrator describe Isaac to be?

The narrator describes Isaac as the kind of man who sleeps soundly through the night, secure in his solid belief system. People who meet Isaac find him modest but eventually decide that while he is a good worker, he is conceited and hard.

2. How is Isaac a reflection of the country at this time?

Isaac is a reflection of the United States during the 1900s. The country was a strong, vibrant place full of pride in its own attributes and its superior technology. The beginning of the 1900s exhibited a time of limitless possibility and people like Isaac believed that even the weather could be conquered.

3. What does Isaac do for the U.S. Weather Bureau?

Isaac records data for the U.S. Weather Bureau on temperatures and barometric pressures as part of his job to help predict and monitor weather patterns in Galveston, Texas. He has studied all the major writers on the Law of Storms. Isaac believes that his knowledge enables him to predict the weather.

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