Short Essay Questions Key
1. How does Jiro help his father and how does this help his family?
Jiro helps his father to make a new puppet for the puppet theater. The city is suffering from a famine, but thankfully they can still make money by selling puppets, so are better off than many others.
2. Why does Jiro make mistakes and how does his mother react?
Jiro is very hungry and keeps making mistakes. His mother is constantly frustrated with him.
3. Where do Jiro and his father go and spend their money, and who do they talk to there?
Jiro and his father Hanji decide to visit the bathhouse with their remaining money. As they bathe, they talk to another man about a rice merchant who has recently been robbed by the notorious bandit Saburo.
4. Where does Jiro and his father sell their puppets?
Jiro goes with his father to sell the puppet to Yoshida, the master puppeteer. They walk to the Hanaza, the puppet theater.
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