Short Essay Questions Key
1. What causes a stir among the mourners in Chapter 1?
In Chapter 1, there is a stir among the mourners when Scarlett takes action to stop Ashley from throwing himself into his deceased wife's grave.
2. Who is missing from the party that greets Scarlett at Tara?
Before even greeting her children, Scarlett notices that Mammy is missing from the group. Scarlett learns that Mammy is dying and begins a vigil at her bedside which lasts for days.
3. What gives Scarlett an opportunity to contact her estranged husband, Rhett?
On her deathbed, Mammy asks to see Rhett. Scarlett is pleased to have an excuse to contact her estranged husband, Rhett, and jumps at the opportunity to contact him.
4. What promises does Rhett make to Mammy before she dies? What does Rhett tell Scarlett after making his promises?
Before Mammy dies she makes Rhett promise her that she will be buried in her red petticoat, and that he will take care of Scarlett. After Mammy dies moments later, Rhett informs Scarlett that he has no plans on keeping his promises and that he made them only to set Mammy's mind at ease.
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