Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the contents of the letter which Margaret receives.
The letter is from Vida Winter, a popular and famous author, inviting Margaret to write a biography of Ms. Winter.
2. Describe the bookstore. Who were its main customers, and how was most of its income made?
The store contains seven rooms of used and rare books. Most of the income comes from a very few rare book deals; Margaret's father travels occasionally to make these important transactions.
3. Relate a few ways that the bookstore contributed to Margaret's education.
Margaret learned her ABC's because of the books' organization. She learned to read and write by copying names. She had free access to read everything in the shop, so she learned about places, people and history.
4. Contrast the differences in Margaret's parents.
Margaret's father is warm, considerate of Margaret, and nurturing. Her mother is cold, distant, and sickly. We suspect she is clinically depressed.
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