Short Essay Questions Key
1. What does the train ride in "Chapter 1" remind David of?
Riding on the train reminds David of the year he received a toy train for Christmas. He says there weren't many children around, so he stayed inside and played with his train by himself.
2. Why does David say Aunt Mae had a hard time fitting in in his small town?
David says Aunt Mae had a hard time fitting in in the small town because she was outlandish, loud and dressed in revealing clothes. She was also theatrical from having a minor career as a singer in her youth, which didn't help her fit in.
3. Why does David say his father wanted him to hang out with other boys as a child?
David's father wanted him to hang out with other boys because he spent most of his time playing with Aunt Mae. David didn't enjoy running and jumping like the other boys, so he didn't have many friends.
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