Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why is Mr. Markham writing a letter to his friend?
Mr. Markham's friend wrote him a letter telling an interesting story, and now the friend expects on in return. Mr. Markham promises to do this, but says he will write it over the course of several letters.
2. What is Mr. Markham's first impression of Mrs. Graham?
Mr. Markham is first struck by Mrs. Graham's beauty. Later, he comes to appreciate her wit and ability to argue. Overall, Mr. Markham is pleased to have Mrs. Graham as a friend.
3. In Chapter 1, what is Mr. Markham's living arrangement?
Mr. Markham lives on a farm he inherited from his father. He lives with his mother and two younger sisters, who he cares for after his father's death.
4. What do Mrs. Graham and Mrs. Markham argue about in Chapter 4?
Mrs. Graham and Mrs. Markham argue over disciplining a male child. Mrs. Markham feels that the mother should give her son freedom and avoid discipline as it could affect him as an adult. Mrs. Graham disagrees and proves it by not letting her son drink wine.
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