Short Essay Questions Key
1. Where does Thomas live at the beginning of the book?
At the beginning of the book, Thomas Hudson lives in a strongly built house on the island of Bimini off the coast of Florida; it is the most western island in the Caribbean.
2. What is the danger of swimming at night at the beginning of the book?
Thomas does not swim at night at the beginning of the book because there are sharks in the area that come close to shore at night to swim and feed.
3. What is Thomas' occupation at the beginning of the book?
At the beginning of the book, Thomas works as an artist. He paints the scenery and other things around him and sells them at a gallery.
4. How does Thomas feel about driftwood at the beginning of the book?
Thomas enjoys the fireplace in the house, where he burns driftwood blown in by the storms. Thomas sometimes feels it is wrong to burn up the natural works of art, but he also knows the supply will always be replenished.
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