Short Essay Questions Key
1. The novel opens with John receiving some bad news. What is it?
His Aunt Emily has written him to inform him that she needs to immediately see him for a lunch date. John is concerned because he does not normally see his aunt in the middle of the week.
2. What is very apparent about John and Aunt Emily's relationship?
They are extremely close. Aunt Emily almost seems like a mother to John. Since they normally meet once a week, the reader can definitely assume that they are close and enjoy one another.
3. Where does John live?
John lives in Gentility, which is a suburb of New Orleans. He enjoys the quiet lifestyle and appreciates the fact that he is away from his family.
4. What is John searching for as the novel begins?
John is searching for his meaning of life. While he is very successful at his job as an investment banker, it is not what he would like to do for the rest of his life. He is very unsure about how he would like his life to turn out.
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