Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the setting.
The play opens in the garden of a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. There are two chairs, one obviously larger for His Eminence. Off to the side is a birdcage with some foliage and two bright red cardinals.
2. What are the lawyer and Cardinal doing, as the play begins?
A man, who we come to soon know as a lawyer, is cooing and talking to the birds, trying to engage them to interact with him. Unbeknown to him, however, the Cardinal enters the courtyard through an iron gate and moves quietly toward the man and watches him with mild amusement.
3. How does the lawyer react when he sees the Cardinal? What does the Cardinal explain to the lawyer?
The lawyer turns around, sees the Cardinal and is flustered and a bit embarrassed at having been discovered cooing to the caged birds. The Cardinal ignores his discomfort and explains that Saint Francis was a friend to all animals and often talked to creatures, even birds of the sky.
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