The Last Picture Show Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Which character is lonely in Chapter 1? Give at least one example from Chapter 1 where it shows their loneliness.

Sonny is portrayed as lonely and there are a lot of examples of this. At the beginning, Sonny has the lonesome feeling that he is the only human creature in the town. It also says that when Sonny picks Billy up he was already feeling less lonesome.

2. Which character seems to be a father figure to the boy characters? Give an example of him playing this role from the story.

Sam seems to be a father figure to the boys in town. He takes care of Billy, who is slow in the head and was abandoned by his father after his mother died in childbirth.

3. Do you think that Abilene gets an ego boost by coming to Thalia? Please cite examples from the book.

Abilene does get an ego boost by coming to Thalia. It states that Abilene drives the nicest car and plays the best game of pool in Thalia. It even goes to the extent of pointing out that Abilene has a fancy pool stick.

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