The Keepers of the House Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How is the content of "The Keepers of the House" organized?

"The Keepers of the House" is organized into the following five mini-books or sections: Abigail, William, Margaret, Abigail, and the Epilogue.

2. In addition to the month being stated, what other clues about the season is the reader given in the first paragraph?

In the first paragraph, the author talks about the frost stripping the trees, the lack of color in the grass, and the empty fields. Also, there is a gray color to the water and the sky. All these things hint at winter.

3. Why is the November evening so quiet and final?

According the the author, the view is clear and sharp in all directions, without any hint of mist or fog. This contributes to quiet, and the approaching winter signifies a finality.

4. What caused the "ugly smears" in the sky in October in the first section?

In October, there were forest fires in the Smoky Mountains. The ashes from those fires cause the sky to appear smeared.

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