The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is Borstal?

Borstal is a prison or home for young male offenders in Britain. The home provides work and education for the boys in the hope that disciplined environment will rehabilitate them.

2. Why does Colin agree to run in a competition for Borstal?

Colin states that he comes from a family of good runners because they've been running from the police all their lives. The governor sees it differently and thinks Smith ha sa future as a professional. In the meantime, he wants Smith to run in a competition against another school and win the cup for Borstal. Smith agrees because firstly it means he will get the chance to leave Borstal early and secondly he is given the freedom of going out for runs by himself.

3. How do Smith and Smith steal the money from the butchers?

Wandering around town, Smith and his friend Mike see an open window at a baker's store and decide to rob it. Mike hoists Smith on his shoulders to climb the wall, and together they steal a money box from inside.

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