Short Essay Questions Key
1. What conveyed a sense or normalcy to Richard when he had woken up?
The things that conveyed a sense of normalcy to Richard when he awoke were the conversations and showers of the house staff. The fact that they were engaged in their routine brought a sense of normalcy to Richard after the weird events of the previous night.
2. How did Richard feel when he had touched the walls in the room?
Richard felt when he had touched the walls in the room that they might topple like dominoes one into the next. As they moved when he had touched them, he got the impression that they were very flimsy and thus he conjured the mental image of dominoes.
3. What gave the illusion of a confined personal area, and how was the effect spoiled?
The thing that gave the illusion of a confined personal area was the mosquito netting along the top of the Formica walls. Although this gave the illusion of privacy, that illusion was shattered when Richard attempted to sleep and heard cockroaches scuttling around in the other rooms.
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