True History of the Kelly Gang Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is this story about?

THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG is a novel of historical fiction based around the life of famous bush ranger and Australian folk hero, Ned Kelly.

2. According to the "Unmarked Prelude," who writes this book, and why does he write it?

The book is written from Ned's point of view. He writes to correct the events and tell what has actually happened, versus what is told about him by papers, which have a tendency to lie.

3. How does the novel start?

The novel starts with Ned's life as a young child, how he is forced to become a man after his father dies, and his mother selling him off to a bush ranger against his will.

4. Why does Ned become lawless?

He tries to help his family, but is pushed away over and over, and imprisoned several times unjustly. Finally, when his family is harmed, he gives up any attempt at leading a straight life and takes on a life very much akin to Robin Hood.

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