Letters of a Woman Homesteader Short Essay - Answer Key

Elinore Pruitt Stewart
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1. What is the premise of LETTERS OF A WOMAN HOMESTEADER?

LETTERS OF A WOMAN HOMESTEADER is a series of letters written by Elinore Rupert about her homesteading adventures in the American West.

2. What is the content of Elinore's first letter and to whom was it written?

The first letter tells of her arrival at Burnt Fork, Wyoming on April 18th, 1909, and it is written to a Mrs. Coney, a woman for whom Elinore once worked as a washlady. Elinore maintains that she is not lost but rather close to the Forest Reserve of Utah. She had a strange trip, which included one day on a train and two days on a stage coach.

3. Who was Elinore's new employer and how does she describe her new living situation?

Her new employer, Mr. Stewart, met up with her on the second stage coach; Elinore makes fun of his manner of speech in the letter. When Elinore arrived, she found her situation comfortable. She had a saddle horse and a shotgun she used to kill chickens.

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