Phoenix Rising Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Nyle's attempts to scare the neighbor's dog, Tyrus, away from the sheep. Why does Nyle want Tyrus to get off her property?

Nyle yells at Tyrus, the always-straying dog that belongs to Ripley Powers. Nyle throws a stone close to, but not at, Tyrus to scare him off. The method is successful, and Tyrus runs into the woods. Tyrus kills sheep and Nyle belongs to a family of sheep farmers; therefore, Tyrus is dangerous to have around for the safety of the sheep.

2. Why is it ironic that Nyle has to frighten off Tyrus from the sheep?

It is ironic that Nyle has to frighten off Tyrus from the sheep because Nyle's family uses dogs to protect the sheep. Therefore, it is ironic for a dog to harm the sheep.

3. Describe Nyle and Muncie's encounter with Ripley and what you think the encounter may foreshadow.

Ripley Powers approaches, and there is a stand off between the two. The two characters exchange words and tempers flare. Despite the desire to fight, Nyle and Muncie back off and return home just as Tyrus picks up a scent elsewhere in the woods and is off again. The encounter probably foreshadows a future encounter which may not be quite so benign.

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