Short Essay Answer Key
1. Why does Atzel come to wish he were dead?
Atzel comes to wish that he were dead when he remembers the tales his nursemaid would tell about paradise. He knows that people in paradise eat rich food and do not have to work. He wants to die because he knows that is the only way he can reach paradise.
2. What kind of young man is Atzel when he grows up?
When Atzel grows up, however, he proves to be a very lazy young man. He doesn't want to study or work, and he doesn't want to take over his father's business.
3. How does Atzel feel during his own funeral?
When Kadish holds a funeral, Atzel is so content to be dead that he sleeps through the entire funeral and awakens inside of the room that has been disguised as a paradise.
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