A Yellow Raft in Blue Water Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the significance of the cliff near Tacoma where Christine wants to commit suicide?

The cliff near Tacoma is the place where Rayona is conceived and where Elgin proposes to Christine. By committing suicide there, Christine hopes that her death has an emotional impact on Elgin.

2. What happens when Christine tries to commit suicide by driving off a cliff?

Rayona accompanies her mother on the trip, driving through the night to the particular spot Christine wants. When they get there, Christine stops the car to let Rayona out a little distance from the cliff. When Christine is ready to go ahead, the car doesn't start because Elgin does not refill the gas tank when he borrows her car.

3. What kind of welcome do Christine and Rayona receive when they show up at Aunt Ida's house?

Aunt Ida is not happy to see Christine, who stomps away after arguing with her mother. Rayona tries to follow Christine, but discovers her mother already offers a ride from someone in a pickup truck. Rayona sits by the side of the road and is approached by Aunt Ida, who gives her a hug and brings her to the house.

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