Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the setting of the initial part of the story as told by the narrator.
The story takes place in Mel and Terri's kitchen in Albuquerque in the late afternoon. The kitchen is described as cozy, warmed by the afternoon sunlight filtering in through the windows. The characters are gathered around the kitchen table.
2. Where are the characters in the story from?
The narrator claims that all the characters in the story "were all from someplace else." However, the reader assumes that the characters are from the southwestern United States because the story takes place in Albuquerque.
3. Does Terri think her ex-boyfriend loved her? Why?
Terri does believe that her ex-boyfriend loved her even though he physically abused her. Terri says that her ex-boyfriend's abusive behavior resulted from loving her so intensely he was driven to the point of violence.
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