The Wild Duck Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does this play begin?

This play begins in Werle's upper-class home. Two servants are tidying the living room as a dinner party draws to a noisy close in the dining room.

2. The servants gossip about what while toasts are being made in the dining room?

While loud and raucous toasts are being made in the dining room, the servants gossip about how their master has feelings for Mrs. Sorby, the housekeeper.

3. Why is Werle throwing a party at the beginning of the book?

The servants say that Werle has thrown a party because his son has come to visit. He has been in the North for years working at his business called "The Works."

4. What history is shared by the servants about Old Ekdal?

The servants comment about how Old Ekdal had been a lieutenant in the army, had gone into business with Werle, made a bad deal that got Werle into trouble, and ended up in jail.

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