The Alchemist Short Essay - Answer Key

Paulo Coelho
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. At the beginning of the book, how long has it been since Santiago saw the merchant's daughter?

As the book begins, it has been about one year since Santiago had last seen the merchant's daughter.

2. What does Santiago reflect upon in Part 1 regarding to the sheep?

In Part 1, Santiago reflects on the fact that the sheep have lost their instincts because they no longer have to forage for their own food, because he leads them to their food and water.

3. How does Santiago spend his time before he falls asleep on the old abandoned church floor?

Santiago makes a bed on the stone floor in the church, using his book as a pillow, and thinks about the beautiful merchant's daughter he met about a year previously.

4. In Part 1, what does Santiago anticipate explaining to the merchant's daughter?

Santiago anticipates being able to explain to the merchant's daughter why he knows much more than a common shepherd boy.

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