The Cider House Rules Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the setting of the novel established in Chapter 1? During what time period does the novel begin?

The chapter introduces the St. Cloud's orphanage in St. Cloud's, Maine. The founder and doctor of the hospital who runs the orphanage is Dr. Wilbur Latch. Set in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the women who come to the orphanage arrive pregnant, leave their unwanted children for adoption, and leave the orphanage after giving birth.

2. What does the exposition reveal about Dr. Larch's past in Chapter 1?

Dr. Wilbur Larch is the doctor in charge of the boys' division of the hospital orphanage. A doctor who previously worked with soldiers in World War I and II, he requires that all the male babies in the orphanage undergo circumcision. Two nurses work for Dr. Larch. One of the nurses is in love with him.

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