The Snows of Kilimanjaro Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What information is related to the reader in the author’s brief preface prior to the opening of the story?

In the preface, Hemingway notes that Mount Kilimanjaro, at 19,710 feet, is the highest mountain in Africa; close to the western summit, “there is the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.”

2. What is revealed about the central characters of the story based solely on the opening dialogue in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”?

The story opens with dialogue between a man and another person; readers learn in a few paragraphs that the other person is a woman, and that the man believes he will die soon. From this dialogue, the reader comes to understand that the couple has known one another a long time.

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