Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the setting of Act 1, Scene 1.
Act 1, Scene 1 of "Sunrise at Campobello" is set in late summer at the Roosevelt's summer home at Campobello, New Brunswick, Canada. Scene 1 opens at dusk. FDR has been outside swimming and playing with his children all afternoon. His wife, Eleanor, is calling the family together for dinner.
2. Describe FDR in Act 1, Scene 1.
FDR is an active, middle-aged husband and father of five children. FDR enjoys spending quality time with his family when possible. He actively swims and plays with his children. He and his family seek entertainment together, opting to read a play as a family after dinner instead of going their separate ways for the evening. FDR is also extremely interested and active in politics, despite his mother's vehement objections. Many, including his longtime friend Louis Hyde, believe that FDR could reverse the trend of spiraling unemployment in the country.
3. Describe Eleanor.
Eleanor is the doting mother of five children and FDR's supportive wife. In Act 1, Scene 1, Eleanor appears as a tall, stately and willowy woman of 36. She is always busy tending to her family's needs. Supportive of her husband's political aspirations, Eleanor offers FDR her honest opinion about his political commentaries.
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