The Keepers of Truth Short Essay - Answer Key

Michael Collins (Irish author)
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1. Describe what Bill's town was like before all of the factories shut down.

The town Bill lives in was a bustling center of activity before the factories shut down. Men and women had jobs doing things like making cars or making confections. Everyone had their place and life was good and productive.

2. Why does Bill say that "the written word is dead?"

Bill says that "the written word is dead" because television has taken its place. Instead of reading newspapers for our information we turn on the television and watch news shows. Television is also a quicker way to access news as it happens.

3. Why is Sam always in a state of panic over the paper?

Sam is always panicking over the paper because he feels it could go under. He is afraid that he will not be able to retire with dignity. Often he gets weepy and talks about how they need a scoop to save themselves.

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