Short Essay Questions Key
1. Where is "Patty Jane's House of Curl" set? What is the community like?
"Patty Jane's House of Curl" is set in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The community in which the story takes place is made of Norwegian immigrants and the descendants of Norwegian immigrants.
2. What memory does Nora recall about her mother and a man at a drugstore in the prologue?
In the prologue, Nora recalls sitting at a drug store counter with her mother, Patty Jane, who is flirting with a man behind them. When the man gives Patty Jane his number and explains that he is married but likes to wander, Patty Jane rips the paper up and returns her attention to her daughter.
3. What do we find out about Nora's father in the prologue?
In the prologue we learn that Nora's father disappeared before she was even born, and that Nora has been told a lot about her father by her grandmother Ione. Nora imagines what it will be like when her father comes back.
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