Oryx and Crake Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why don't the children know what a real Snowman is?

The children do not know that there is another type of snowman besides their friend. This is because global warming has set in and it does not snow anymore; at least not in their location.

2. What can the reader assume about civilization and humanity in Chapter 1?

In Chapter 1, the reader can assume that most of human civilization has been wiped out. Since the children do not know what some basic items are, they obviously do not have technology such as computers or fast food.

3. Why does Jimmy ("Snowman") believe that the nickname "Abominable Snowman" fits him?

Snowman believes that the name "Abominable Snowman" suits him because he is the last of his kind left. Just as it will never snow again, humanity will never be the same. He is the last residue left on earth of mankind, and his name represents the snow that will never fall again.

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