The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is Jesse's attitude, when the novel opens, toward smoking and drinking?

When the novel opens, Jesse's attitude toward smoking and drinking is a bit restrained. He seldom drinks and, while he does smoke cigars, he claims never to inhale.

2. What wounds does Jesse have when he is first introduced into the text?

When he is first introduced into the text, Jesse is described as missing the end of a finger on his left hand. Additionally, he is described as having two "incompletely healed bullet holes" in his chest.

3. Why is Jesse's son known as Tim?

Jesse's son is known as Tim -- and knows himself as Tim -- because going by, and knowing, his full name (Jesse Edwards James) would ruin the cover story and false names that Jesse and his wife are living under.

4. How is Charley described when he is first introduced into the novel?

When he is first introduced into the novel, Charley is described as having a tendency to berate himself, extolling his faults to others before they can discover them for themselves.

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