Short Essay Answer Key
1. What background information does the reader learn about Mary?
The reader learns that Mary lives in England in a small town called Herford. It is the nineteenth century. Mary was raised by her widowed mother because her father died when she was six.
2. How did Mary and her mother survive after the death of her father?
When Mary was six, her father died, and only Mary and her mother remained. Mary notes that her mother was very strong and ran the farm with little help from friends and neighbors.
3. When Mary's mother is dying, what does her mother make Mary promise? How does Mary feel about this promise?
Mary's mother makes Mary promise to sell the farm and move in with her aunt. Although Mary agrees to the promise, it is very difficult for her to sell the farm and listen to the...
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