Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the opening setting of Act 1.
Seascape opens on a beach where an older couple, Charlie and Nancy, have just finished a picnic lunch.
2. How do Nancy and Charlie react to the sound of a jet overhead interrupting their conversation?
Nancy is in awe of the aircraft but Charlie thinks that one will crash into a sand dune one day.
3. What is the difference between what Charlie is in the mood for and what Nancy is in the mood for after lunch?
Charlie is prepared for a nap but Nancy is in a mood to talk about her love of the water and her desire to be near it forever.
4. What would Charlie like to do during retirement as opposed to Nancy?
Charlie would like to not do anything or go anywhere. This is in direct contrast to Nancy and her dream of traveling all over the world going from one beach to another.
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