The Lower Depths Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Describe what the first set looks like.

The opening set is a cave-like stone cellar with low, grimy ceilings, peeling paint and plaster, and a single window, high up on the right wall. Thin boards curtains, and an arrangement of beds and bunks variously separate the large space into rooms.

2. What is the mood that is created by the first set?

The mood that is created by the first set is dark and gloomy. The first set gives the feel of a prison cell.

3. What are the sounds that you hear coming from the first set before the dialogue begins?

The audience can hear many low sounds coming from the first set before the dialogue begins. Coughing and grunting sounds emanate from behind the curtains and above the stove.

4. What does Kvashnya do for living and what does she loudly proclaim in the first set?

Kvashnya is a vendor of cooked meat pies for a living. Kvashnya loudly proclaims that not for a hundred baked lobsters would she marry again.

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