Short Essay Answer Key
1. Why isn't Mrs. Morel happy at the beginning of the book?
Mrs. Morel is not happy because she does not love her husband. His alcoholism and debt make it hard for her to be happy with him. The financial issues she deals with also make her unhappy.
2. Describe Nottinghamshire and The Bottoms.
The Morels live in Nottinghamshire, which is a town in England. The specific neighborhood they live in is called The Bottoms. The Bottoms is a neighborhood where the main industry is mining. Many of the families resort to mining for their financial gain.
3. Describe Mr. Morel's alcohol problem.
Mr. Morel has an alcohol problem that causes him to behave in a way that makes his family unhappy. For example, one night he locks Mrs. Morel out of their home.
4. Why doesn't Mrs. Morel get any help from her in-laws?
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