Short Essay Questions Key
1. Who is Latimer?
Latimer is the first-person narrator of the story. He is also the main character in the story. Latimer has special powers that allow him to see the future and read people's minds.
2. What do readers learn about Latimer's "attacks"?
Readers learn that Latimer's attacks are called "angina pectoris". These attacks also allow him to foresee his own death.
3. What do readers learn about Latimer's psychic powers?
Readers learn that Latimer has "visions". These visions show Latimer the future. Through these visions, Latimer sees his own death.
4. What does Latimer know about his death?
Latimer's visions have shown him that he will die of a heart attack. He will be sitting at his desk during the heart attack. When he rings the bell for help, no one will come to help him.
5. What does Latimer's story represent?
Latimer's story represents his life. He never trusted sympathy from others when he was alive. Latimer believes that people are more sensitive towards the dead and feels that they may find sympathy for him through his death.
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