The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Describe Wellington's condition in Chapter 2.

The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs. Shears' house. Its eyes were closed. It looked as if it was running on its side. But the dog wasn't asleep, he was dead. There was a pitch fork sticking out of the dog.

2. Why was it necessary for Siobhan to draw pictures of different emotions for the narrator to study?

Christopher seems to experience disconnect from the emotions he feels and the socially appropriate behaviors associated with those emotions. He thinks logically and does not seem to understand the various human emotions that people express. He needs to have the paper in order to determine how people feel by the expression on their face.

3. According to the narrator, what is a murder mystery? Why does he decide to write a murder mystery?

According to Christopher, a murder mystery is a novel in which someone has to work out who the murderer is and then catch them. It is a puzzle. If it is a good puzzle you can sometimes work out the answer before the end of the book. Christopher decides to write a murder mystery because he likes murder mysteries and Siobhan encouraged him to write something that he would want to read himself.

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