This Tender Land Short Essay - Answer Key

William Kent Krueger
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1. In the Prologue, what does Odie say about the story he is about to tell?

Odie says that the story he will tell is about a summer long ago. It is a story about killing, kidnapping, and children pursued by demons. He says that it will be a story of courage and cowardice, love and betrayal. He says that the story has hope, which is what every good story is about.

2. Why was Odie thrown into the quiet room for the first time?

Mrs. Brickman told the story of the turtle and the hare. She said that the point of the story was about being lazy. Odie told her that his father said something different. Because Odie disagreed with Mrs. Brickman, he was sent to the quiet room.

3. In Chapter 2, how does Odie think that the black snake happened to slither over Mrs. Brickman's foot?

Odie was blamed for the snake that slithered over Mrs. Brickman's foot. However, he did not bring the snake inside. He thinks that the creature found its way inside to the dining room by accident.

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