The Miss Firecracker Contest Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who is the protagonist of the story? How do you know?

Carnelle is the story's protagonist. Carnelle is the character that the reader/audience is rooting for. The reader/audience wants to see her progress in the contest so she can leave the town surrounded in glory.

2. What is Carnelle's goal in the play? Why does she have this goal?

Carnelle's goal in the story is to win the local beauty contest. She wants to improve her self-esteem and gain validation for herself. She really wants to leave the town with a good reputation.

3. What has been the cause of Carnelle's problems for most of her life?

Carnelle's dysfunctional family has caused many problems for her. She has made poor choices that have led her to ruin her reputation. As a result, she has more problems now.

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