The Natural Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Sam is on the scene as a character for a very short time. What purpose does he serve as a character?

Though Sam is only in the story for a very short time, he does have a place in the plot of the story. Sam always supports Hobbs' dream and helps him have the courage to set out to achieve what he wants in life. He is also a sort of father figure for Roy.

2. What two things did Sam do that showed how much he cared for Roy?

Sam showed he cared for Roy when he insisted Roy take the bed while he slept on the floor when they were traveling on the train.. He also showed he cared when he ventured out to introduce Roy to Max and Walter.

3. What does Roy reveal to Harriet and what results from that revelation?

Roy says he wants to be the best baseball player ever. This lets Harriet know that he is a shallow, self-centered person who doesn't know the real meaning of life. As a result, Harriet later shoots and wounds him.

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