Where You Once Belonged: A Novel Short Essay - Answer Key

Kent Haruf
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Who is the author of "Where You Once Belonged" and what is known about him?

Kent Haruf is a professor at Southern Illinois University who has written several novels. One of Mr. Haruf's novels won a Whiting Foundation Award and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation. This is Haruf's third novel.

2. What is Jack Burdette doing at the beginning of the story?

Jack Burdette drives into downtown Holt, Colorado, and parks his red Cadillac outside the tavern.

3. Who first notices Jack when he returns to Holt?

Jack sits there in his car for more than an hour before Ralph Bird, owner of the Men's Store, notices him. Ralph recognizes Jack immediately and points him out to his wife.

4. What does Ralph Bird do when he spots Jack back in Holt?

Ralph's wife urges Ralph to allow the police to handle Jack's return to Holt. Ralph, however, goes across the street and confronts Jack briefly. Ralph then goes to the police station and insists deputy Dale Willard call the sheriff.

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