Short Essay Questions Key
1. At the opening of the novel, what is the state of Alice and Harland's marriage?
Alice and Harland have been married for two years and already Alice cannot wait to leave him. Harland spends all day watching television and refuses to communicate anything with his wife.
2. While vacationing at the Hoover Dam, what does Turtle see that prompts her mother to notify authorities?
Turtle tells her mother that she has seen a man fall into the spillway at the Dam. After much questioning and skepticism by the authorities, they find that a retarded man named Lucky Buster has indeed fallen,and after a night of searching, he is removed from the area on a stretcher.
3. How does Alice respond to Jax's worry that Taylor does not truly love him?
Alice tells Jax that it is all her fault, that she has taught Taylor not to give men the benefit of the doubt. She tells Jax that women on their own tend to run in their family.
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