Short Essay Answer Key
1. Why does Mr. Ullman hire Jack to be the winter caretaker at the Overlook hotel?
The Overlook loses money in the winter from depreciation, so Mr. Ullman hires Jack to maintain the boiler, make needed repairs, and be on the lookout for any other problems or damage.
2. What incident occurs at the school Jack formerly taught that gives the reader an idea of Jack's temper?
Jack discovers a student slashing his tires and hits him, knocking the student to the ground where he hits his head.
3. What memory does Jack have that causes him feel worthless and shameful, making him want to drink?
The memory of the day he finds his son, Danny, ruining the papers in his office. He goes into a rage, grabbing Danny's arm and breaking it.
4. What happens to Danny when he concentrates, thinking very hard?
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