Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Act 1, Scene 1 Abstract
* In London, seventeen-year-old Tess is listening to a recording of her mother singing when she was young. This is for a school project.
* Her eccentric Aunt Pfeni arrives with her belongings in shopping bags.
* Her aunt offers her Shiva, an Indian statue of rebirth and destruction.
* Tess says her mother needs it more...
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