1. What is Monsieur Sklodovska's profession and where do he and his family live?
Monsieur Vladislav Sklodovska is a professor of physics and under-inspector of the school. The Sklodovskas have lived at the school since shortly after Manya's birth.
2. What is the history for Monsieur and Madame Sklodovska and how is their life currently?
Monsieur and Madame Sklodovska are well-born and intelligent, their families part of the land-owning minor Polish nobility now suffering from the rule of the Russian empire.
3. What seems to be intruding on the Polish schools and in what way have things changed?
Russian control of Poland intrudes especially into the quiet atmosphere of the schools, where Polish children are taught in Russian and Polish. Teachers have to bow to Russian administrators upholding the dictates of the Tsar
4. What does Monsieur Sklodovska represent?
Monsieur Sklodovska is representative of the Polish teachers torn between exerting what influence they can over their nation's children and preserving their own livelihoods.
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