1. What is happening on Poplar Street just before the shootings?
On Poplar Street just before the shootings, Ellie and her brother are buying sodas and a candy bar at the store, Brad Josephson is watering his flowers, Cary Ripton is delivering papers, Johnny Marinville is playing his guitar, and Marielle Soderson is taking a shower while her husband prepares to barbecue, or burn, some meat on the grill.
2. What are Ellie and her brother arguing about?
Ellie's brother is pestering her because he wants two candy bars but she only has enough money for one candy bar to split between the two of them. Ellie's brother calls her by her middle name, which makes her angry.
3. How is Cary dressed?
Cary is wearing an oversized Orlando Magic jersey with the number 32, Shaq's number on it.
4. What does Cary do that he hates?
When Cary delivers the paper to Mrs. Wyler's house, he is startled when he sees the lady standing just inside her front door. Instead of throwing the paper straight onto her porch, it lands on one of the bushes in front of the porch. He doesn't go back and correct his mistake because there is something about the way she is standing in her house that makes him nervous.
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