The Great Alone Short Essay - Answer Key

Kristin Hannah
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1. How is Ernt described when his character is introduced in Chapter 1?

Ernt is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he was captured and held as a POW. From this experience, he suffers from PTSD, drinks heavily, and exhibits a volatile and unstable personality.

2. How is Leni described when her character is introduced in the beginning of the novel?

Leni is a 13-year-old girl who is insecure and a bookworm. She loves photography and takes frequent photographs with her Polaroid camera. Leni is beginning at a new school--the fifth one she has attended in four years. She feels like an outcast and hides in her books.

3. How is Cora described when she is introduced in the beginning of the novel?

Cora is 30 years old, the wife of Ernt, and the mother of Leni. She is described as fragile and subservient to her husband, who demonstrates an overbearing and potentially violent attitude. She is a loving mother to Leni although Leni feels like the only adult in the family at times.

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