Lost in Yonkers Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the setting of the play?

It is set in 1942 Yonkers, New York, in the living room in Grandma Kurnitz's upstairs apartment. Downstairs is Kurnitz's Kandy Store, where Grandma and her daughter, Bella, work.

2. How does the scene open?

Two boys, Arty and Jay, sit uncomfortably on the couch waiting for their Father, Eddie, to emerge from Grandma's bedroom, where an important conversation is taking place.

3. Why do the boys feel the way they do?

The boys are strangers to this place since Grandma Kurnitz never liked the boys' mother, a feeling that was completely mutual.

4. When do the boys' feelings escalate?

The boys' discomfort escalates when their father tells them that they'll be spending the next 10 months with their Grandmother.

5. What has hurt the family?

Eddie's wife's death from cancer has left the family deeply in debt, and Eddie has taken a job that requires him to travel for several months.

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