1. Explain what is happening in the opening scene of the story.
In the opening scene of the story, Smilla Jasperson is at a funeral for a young boy named Isaiah who lives in her apartment building. She watches his mother Juliane collapse and realizes a deep commitment to stand by and protect the child, even in death.
2. Explain why Smilla is so committed to discovering the true cause of Isaiah's death.
Smilla is committed to discovering the true cause of Isaiah's death because she considers Isaiah a kindred spirit and admires his survival skills and insights. She takes over the role of nurturer in his life when she realizes that his alcoholic mother does not take proper care of him.
3. What is the basis for Smilla's suspicions regarding Isaiah's death?
The basis for Smilla's suspicions regarding Isaiah's death include that fact that Smilla does not believe that Isaiah goes on the roof voluntarily, much less jump, because he is afraid of heights. Also, his footprints indicate that he is trying to get away from something.
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