The Dead and the Gone Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why is Alex's father gone at the time the novel opens?

Alex's father has gone to Puerto Rico. His mother died, and he has gone to attend her funeral.

2. What will determine if Alex is able to attend Georgetown?

Alex will be able to attend Georgetown if he is accepted. He will also need to get a decent financial package, or he won't be able to attend.

3. What does Alex see when he approaches his apartment after work on May 18?

Alex sees clusters of people standing in front of his apartment building. No one is laughing or fighting. Some people are pointing at the sky. Others are weeping.

4. Why does Briana think that the blackout has something to do with the moon?

Briana had heard that the moon was supposed to get hit. Her teacher had told the class that the moon might be hit by an asteroid or something.

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