The Mountain Between Us Short Essay - Answer Key

Charles Martin
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1. Describe the setting, mood, and tone of the novel that is illustrated in the Prelude. How does the author establish this mood and tone?

The mood and tone of the novel is intense from the first moments, as Ben describes his situation after the plane crash and the imminent death that he faces, along with his fellow passenger.

2. Why is Ben at the airport in the beginning of the novel? What is his objective?

Ben is at the airport traveling home from a medical conference in Colorado Springs. He had a layover in Salt Lake City and his connecting flight has been delayed and then cancelled, leading him to find a charter plane to get him home to Jacksonville.

3. Why is Ashley in the airport in the beginning of the novel? What is her objective?

Ashley is in the airport traveling home to Atlanta, where she has a rehearsal dinner for her approaching wedding the next day. She agrees to take the charter flight in order to make it in time.

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