The Warden Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does the narrator say he has made up the town of Barchester?

The narrator does not wish anyone to think he is attacking any specific community or person, so he has not used the name of any existing area in England.

2. How does Hiram's Hospital come to exist?

Centuries before the story opens, a man named John Hiram wills his land to the local church as a home for the old and destitute men of Barchester. What begins as a modest enterprise for the keeping of twelve old men grows over the years. The home is called Hiram's Hospital.

3. How does the charitable men's home manage its money?

The property where Hiram's Hospital is is very profitable. The revenue of the property goes to the warden, the man in charge of the hospital. The warden pays for the expenses of its inmates out of a stipend.

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