1. What is the significance of Stars and Stripes Forever in the circus?
When Stars and Stripes Forever is played it means that something catastrophic has happened. When Jacob hears this sound, he rushes to the big top where he knows Marlena, his love, is.
2. What is the emergency that causes the band to play Stars and Stripes Forever?
The emergency that causes the playing of Stars and Stripes Forever is the fact that all the animals in the menagerie have gotten loose. A stampede quickly takes place, putting customers and circus workers all in danger of being trampled.
3. What does Jacob witness when he goes in search of Marlena?
Jacob goes to look for Marlena and finds her in the menagerie with someone else. Jacob witnesses someone hit another person over the head with a heavy object, committing a murder.
4. For how long has Jacob kept this secret?
Jacob has kept this secret for more than fifty years in order to protect Marlena.
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