The Mound Builders Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who is Professor August Howe? How old is he? What is his profession?

August Howe is the main character in The Mound Builders. He is 40 years old and is the head archeologist of the dig site. He is likened to a Tragic Hero in the play and is married to the character of Cynthia.

2. The Mound Builders is unique in its depiction of time. Explain the two different periods of time which are illustrated in the play and how this differentiation is made clear to the audience (and reader).

In The Mound Builders, there are two periods of time in which the play takes place. In August's study, it is one year in the future of the events in the summer house. This is made clear to the audience through means of narration and lighting changes.

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