The Long Walk Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Garraty's mother.

Garrety's mother is tall and thin. She gives the indication of having been ill due to a dress that hangs on her and her face is described as an "invalid's" face. Yet we're told she's been wrapped up in old sorrows. She has messy auburn hair. She is obviously worried about her son and what he's about to do because she keeps saying "I don't like it."

2. What happened two years ago at the marker post that Olson points to?

According to Olson, a kid was so scared at the start of the Long Walk that he froze when it started and was given his ticket two minutes after the walk started.

3. Describe the boy in the pine tree in Chapter 1.

The boy is skinny and blond. He wears purple plants, a blue chambray shirt, and an old green zip sweater with holes in the elbows. He's eating a jelly sandwich while in the tree, but he makes not effort to talk to any of the other boys.

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