Short Essay Questions Key
1. What does Catherine Perry find on her desk and who does she blame?
Smithsonian lawyer Catherine Morris Perry returns to Washington, DC to find a large, ungainly brown package on her desk. Perry imperiously chides her receptionist-secretary Markie Bailey for leaving the box on her desk.
2. What has Henry Highhawk asked the Smithsonian to do?
Conservator Henry Highhawk has been trying to get the Smithsonian to return skeletal remains of their ancestors to Native American tribes and aboriginal groups.
3. What is Catherine Perry's thoughts about Highhawk's request?
Perry agrees with the museum board of directors that the return and reburial of the 18,000 Native American skeletons in the museum's collection is simply impossible, given the museum's mission.
4. Who has called Catherine Perry and what does she think he wants?
Mrs. Bailey mentions that the Chilean embassy has called. Perry reflects that no doubt it is about an "Indian-giver" situation, where a Chilean general wants the Smithsonian to return a jeweled golden mask his grandfather "lent" a major corporation.
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