Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is Robinson obsessed with and why?
Robinson is obsessed with his wife who was killed by a gangster, and this obsession fuels another obsession to avenge her death.
2. How does Robinson execute his plan to kill Dolan?
Robinson executes his plan to kill Dolan by first getting in shape, then joining a construction crew, and finally digging a hole for Dolan's car to fall into where he buries him alive.
3. In "The End of the Whole Mess," what is Bobby's plan to save the world?
In "The End of the Whole Mess," Bobby's plan is to release a chemical known to calm humans through a volcano eruption. The chemical will spread very far and end many of the world's hostilities and wars.
4. In "The End of the Whole Mess," how does Bobby's plan go awry?
In "The End of the Whole Mess," Bobby's plan goes awry when the same chemical that calmed people into peace causes symptoms that resemble Alzheimer's or dementia. Humans will no longer know how to care for newborns, thus hinting at the extinction of the human race.
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