The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of Dorothy Day Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How did Day say she viewed this book at the beginning?

Day said at the beginning of this book that she viewed it as a kind of confession for her. It was the first time she had publicly delved into thiseprocess she took to convert to Catholicism.

2. What made confession hard for Day?

Confession was hard for Day because she always felt rushed due to a line of people waiting behind her and because she never knew what kind of sins she really needed to divulge in order to truly be clean.

3. How did Day’s family feel about religion growing up?

Day’s family growing up was not at all religious. They were very moral and taught abstinence and modesty, but they did not attend church as a family. Day was never kept from church if she wanted to attend with friends, but her family was not actively religious on their own.

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