The Defense Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What happens when Luzhin is found hiding in his family's house at the end of Chapter 1?

When Luzhin is found hiding in the attic of his family's home, a black-bearded peasant takes him and carries him forcibly downstairs. Luzhin is put in a carriage to be sent away.

2. How does Luzhin's father compare his son to fictional characters?

Luzhin's father, a writer, compares his son to fictional characters by comparing Luzhin to the characters in his books. Luzhin's father writes about young men who become talented artists, and he imagines that his son will fall into this fictional pattern.

3. Explain the nickname that the other boys give Luzhin at school.

The nickname that the other boys give Luzhin at school comes from the series of books that Luzhin's father writes. The books are called "Tony's Adventures," and the boys nickname him "Tony."

4. What authors does Luzhin like to read?

Luzhin likes to read Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle. He will not read his father's books.

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