Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Act 1, Scene 1 Abstract
* Mom has gone to Alaska, leaving her son, Austin, to watch her house and keep her plants watered.
* In his early 30s, Austin is neatly dressed, in stark contrast to his older brother, Lee, who appears to be homeless.
* Austin is patient while Lee tries to shore up his own self esteem by...
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