Manhattan Transfer Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Why has Bud Korpenning come to New York?

Bud Korpenning comes to New York to be in the middle of things. He is initially looking for a job, though people aren't very helpful when he asks them for information.

2. What has Ed Thatcher worried as he enters the hospital with flowers for his wife?

Ed Thatcher is worried about the health of his wife as he enters the hospital with flowers for her. He says she is very delicate and it is their first baby.

3. Why does the nurse have to give Susie a sedative?

The nurse has to give Susie a sedative because she is hysterical. She accuses the nurse of mixing up the babies and giving her the wrong one.

4. Why does the barkeep at the saloon tell Thatcher that it is no good to save money?

The barkeep at the saloon tells Thatcher that it is no good to save money because he saved for ten years and his bank went broke. He says to get a close tip and take a chance. Thatcher thinks that is gambling, but the barkeep says money is a gambling game.

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