The Pat Hobby Stories Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Describe the character of Pat in "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish."

Pat is a writer who used to be popular, but he has not been successful since silent movies transitioned to talking movies.

2. How does Pat feel about the change in movies in "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish"?

Pat is unhappy with the change in movies from silent to talking, probably because he is no longer at the top of his field and must work holidays rather than enjoy them.

3. In "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish," how does Pat's desperation show through?

Pat's desperation shows through when he jumps at the opportunity to blackmail someone in order to get a better paying job.

4. What hints are given in "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish" that indicate Pat's alcohol problem?

Hints such as a comment about Pat visiting a bar across the studio indicate that Pat is an alcoholic.

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