Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the setting for the Prologue.
The Prologue is set in New Orleans in an old bar. Luther Sawdust is telling whoever will listen the story of the Liverpool Merchant.
2. How does Erasmus feel about Sarah Wolpert in Book One?
Erasmus has known Sarah his whole life, but has recently begun to see her as something more in Book One. He has feelings for her and wants to spend more time with her.
3. Why does Erasmus not like Matthew Paris?
Erasmus does not like Matthew Paris because when they were boys, Paris prevented Erasmus from going into a dam. Erasmus also believes that Paris is arrogant. Mrs. Kemp is also particularly fond of Matthew, which offends Erasmus.
4. Why was Paris imprisoned?
Paris was imprisoned for denying the Bible, though whether his sentence was reasonable is questionable in Book One.
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