A Prayer for Owen Meany Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How is Owen described physically?

Owen is the smallest boy that Johnny Wheelwright has ever seen. Also, he has a distinct voice.

2. How do the other Sunday school students treat Owen?

The students constantly tease Owen. Their teasing is described as torture. There are scenes in which the students hang him from a tree by his collar and lock him in his locker. The students also typically pick Owen up and pass him above their heads.

3. What is significant about Johnny Wheelwright's family?

Johnny Wheelwright's ancestors founded the town, Gravesend, in the 1600's. Because of this, his family is well-known and well-respected. Johnny also comes from a single-parent home. His parents met, but were never married. It is unsure whether Johnny's father even knows that his son exists.

4. How does Owen typically play baseball?

No bat is small enough for him, and when he swings, the momentum usually hurls him off the ground. Because his strike zone is minuscule, Meany typically stands at the base without swinging at the ball.

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