Tortilla Flat Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Who is the protagonist of the story and how is he introduced in the novel?

Danny, the story's protagonist, returns from the army to learn he has inherited two small houses from the viejo, his grandfather.

2. What is the reason for Danny's becoming drunk and disorderly and what is his sentence?

Feeling the burden of home ownership, Danny buys and drinks almost a gallon of red wine, becomes drunk and disorderly and is arrested. As a veteran, he receives only thirty boring days in jail. Tito Ralph, the jailer, and Danny go out for more wine. Danny is reported escaped and avoids recapture.

3. Who does Danny invite to live with him in his house?

Danny encounters his old paisano (friend), Pilon and the two agree to share their liquor. Danny feels lonely and talks Pilon into sharing Danny's house, though Pilon hopes it will not harm their friendship.

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