The Best American Short Stories of the Century Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In "The Other Woman" do you think that the man truly loved his wife?

No, I do not think the man truly loved his wife. Not only did he commit adultery the night before his wedding, he mentions that in recent years they have had separate bedrooms. Additionally, he denies thinking about the other woman, but he backtracks and says he only thinks of her at night. The affair had taken place many years before, and she still enters his thoughts. When he says that he loves his wife, it seems as though he is almost trying to convince himself of this.

2. In "The Killers" why doesn't the author tell the reader why Ole Anderson is going to be murdered?

The author doesn't let the reader know so that the reader can imagine it themselves. By leaving out the reason for his death, the reader must ponder the story further and try to recall clues as to what the reason may be.

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