The Jungle Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the Lithuanian family in the first chapter traveling to?

The family is traveling to Ona and Jurgis' wedding and their veselija, wedding reception.

2. Which character could be described as young, strong, and full of optimism?

Jurgis can be described as young, strong, and optimistic. When faced with his debt, he says he will simply have to work harder in order to succeed, but he in convinced he will succeed.

3. Why is it not a big problem for Jurgis to find work, even though he can't speak English?

Jurgis doesn't have to speak English to work in the stockyards because the jobs are like that of a cog in a machine. A person simply has to repeat the same task again and again.

4. Who is the narrator of the novel?

Upton Sinclair is the narrator of this novel, and as such, gives the reader an omniscient views of the events which take place.

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