The Rum Diary: The Long Lost Novel Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe how Al built up his business.

In the early Fifties, a man named Al turned his patio into a bar. Al served nothing but beer and rum, but as the number of tourists increased, so did the size of Al's bar, until it had taken over his entire house.

2. What kind of people like to drink at Al's bar?

A man named Lotterman came to San Juan and started an English language paper named The San Juan Daily News. Al's became a favorite hangout of the reporters who worked for Lotterman.

3. Describe the San Juan News.

The San Juan Daily News is the only English language paper on the island and supports a group of reporters that varies from the hard-nosed investigative reporter to the vagrant simply looking for a way to pay the bills.

4. Why has Paul Kemp come to San Juan?

Paul Kemp arrives in San Juan, unsure whether he is a hard-nosed reporter or a vagrant. However, he gives the impression of a young reporter looking as much for adventure as notoriety.

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