Running with Scissors Short Essay - Answer Key

Augusten Burroughs
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1. What happens in the scene in which Augusten's mother is dressing for the poetry reading?

Augusten is watching his mother dress in the mirror. She asks Augusten to hand her a box of Maxi-pads with which she fashions shoulder pads.

2. How does Augusten describe his parents at the opening of the novel?

Augusten describes his mother as being beautiful and artistic. He admires everything about her, but she is immersed in her work. His father, on the other hand, is aloof and seems to have no fatherly feelings toward his son.

3. What is Augusten looking forward to doing after his mother leaves for the poetry reading?

Augusten is looking forward to dressing up in his mother's clothing, standing in front of the mirror, and pretending to put on a poetry reading. He is basically looking forward to emulating his mother, who he admires.

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