Short Essay Questions Key
1. How do James's parents die?
James's parents died when they were eaten by an angry rhinoceros that had escaped from the zoo.
2. What is Aunt Sponge like?
Aunt Sponge is very short and fat, with small eyes, a sunken mouth, and a flabby face that looks as though it has been boiled. She is very cruel to James and likes to beat him when he doesn't do exactly what she says.
3. What is Aunt Spiker like?
Aunt Spiker is very tall and thin, with a screeching voice, thin wet lips, and steel-rimmed glasses that she clips to the end of her bony nose. She comes up with terrible names to call James so that she never has to use his real name.
4. Why does James come to live with his aunts?
James comes to live with his aunts because after his parents die, there is no other place for him to live and they happen to be his nearest relations.
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