Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the circumstances of Wladek's birth.
Wladek's mother gave birth alone in the forest. When the baby hit the ground, he began to cry. The mother died. A young hunter found the baby and took it home to his mother.
2. Describe William Kane's birth.
William's mother gives birth in a Boston hospital with modern conveniences. William begins crying when its bottom is slapped by the doctor. The baby's father, Richard, was there waiting.
3. What is Wladek's birth defect and how do his foster parents explain it?
Wladek's birth defect is that he has only one nipple. Helena insists the absence is a sign from God. Jasio says it is the mark of the biological father's bad blood.
4. When is Wladek christened? How is the christening celebrated?
When the mother and children decide on a name for the baby, they have him christened the following Sunday at the chapel on the Baron's estate. The Baron gave them a goose for their celebratory dinner.
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