1. How does Dixon feel about his probationary teaching position?
Dixon dislikes his teaching position. He doesn't care for the subject he teaches or for many of the other lecturers. Dixon does try to keep the job, however, so he can get a permanent and respected position.
2. In Chapter 1, what do Dixon and Welch discuss about Margaret?
In Chapter 1, Dixon and Welch discuss Margaret's suicide attempt. She is being released from the hospital and will be staying with Welch, which means Dixon needs to be prepared to see her again.
3. In Chapter 1, what article does Welch want published and why?
Welch wants Dixon's article on shipbuilding techniques to be published. He wants Dixon to be published to help improve his chances of earning a full time position at the university.
4. What do Margaret and Dixon talk about when she is first released from the hospital?
When Margaret is first released from the hospital, she talks about her suicide attempt to Dixon. She does so with little emotion, more like recounting facts. She also thanks Dixon for giving her space and not asking too many questions of her.
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