Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why does Kira think that returning to Petrograd is the start of something wonderful?
Kira thinks that returning to Petrograd is the start of something wonderful because her life in Crimea was bad, and Petrograd reminds her of life before the revolution.
2. Why are Alexander and Vasili reluctant to join the Communist Party?
Alexander and Vasili are reluctant to join the Communist Party because they lost so much in the revolution. They lost their possessions, jobs, and money in the revolution; therefore, they have negative associations with Communism.
3. Why does Victor say that Kira's wish to become an engineer is inappropriate?
Victor might be jealous that Kira wants to study engineering because he is studying it also.
4. How does Kira's family respond to her goal of becoming an engineer?
Kira's mother disapproves of Kira's goal of becoming an engineer, but realizes that she can't change her daughter's mind.
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