Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe some of what makes the Shepherd family a traditional one.

The Shepherd family is a traditional one for several reasons, including eating practically the same thing for dinner each night, namely meatloaf, cabbage, and potatoes. The Old Man goes to work, Mother takes care of the family, the boys attend school, and each family member sticks to his or her role without much deviation. They enjoy annual traditions such as the Easter ham and the yearly fair.

2. How does the house next door to the Shepherds transform after the Bumpus family moves in?

Before the Bumpus family moves in next door to the Shepherds, the house has quiet inhabitants who keep to themselves and keep the house in order. When the Bumpuses move in, the house falls into disarray virtually overnight. It smells badly, is not taken care of, and is filled with junk from the city dump. In addition, many types of animals roam the yard, including hounds, goats, and chickens.

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