Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why was Dr. Urbino de Calle called to the home of his former chess partner?
Dr. Urbino de Calle was called to the home of his former chess partner to certify the death of the Antillean refugee.
2. Why did the disabled man take his own life?
He took his own life because he was afraid to face old age and the toll it would take on him.
3. What does Dr. Urbino associate the scent from cyanide with?
Dr. Urbino associates the scent of bitter almonds (cyanide's scent) with that of unrequited love.
4. What was the argument that caused Dr. Urbino and his wife to almost end their marriage after thirty years?
An argument over soap in the bathroom caused the doctor and his wife to almost end their marriage after thirty years.
5. What is a siesta?
A siesta is a nap taken in the middle of the day in many Spanish speaking countries.
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