Oliver Twist Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Where is Oliver's mother found before she gives birth, and what is her condition?

Oliver's mother was found lying in the street, her shoes in shreds from walking. She was brought to a workhouse in England, and the next night gave birth to Oliver, delivered by a surgeon and a drunken nurse.

2. What does Oliver do at the regular workhouse that gets him in trouble?

Oliver gets in trouble at the regular workhouse when he asks for some more food at meal time. He and the other boys at the workhouse are slowly starving to death, and Oliver was nominated among the boys to be the one to ask for second helpings.

3. Who wants to take Oliver off the parishes' hands, and why is he refused?

Mr. Gamfield, a chimney sweep, wished to take Oliver as his apprentice. He was a scary looking man, and Oliver was very frightened. Oliver burst into tears in front of the magistrate, who then refused to sign off on the apprenticeship.

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