Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Act 1 Scene 1 Abstract
* The play opens with Robert and Catherine, father and daughter, sitting on the front porch at midnight.
* It is Catherine's birthday and she drinks drinks champagne straight from the bottle as she and Robert, who has been dead for a week, discuss whether or not she has inherited Robert's insanity.
* The notebook is...
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