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What physical disability does the narrator's mother suffer from?
The narrator's mother used to be a performer in what group? What type of act were they?
a blindfold trapeze act in the Flying Avalons
Where is the narrator, and what is she doing
The narrator is in her bedroom sewing
How does the narrator get information about her mother's past
Front page of the Boston and New York tabloids
What is a flashback? The first flashback in this story occurs on a day in what month?
A part of the story is interrupted to show or tell an event that happened at an earlier time; June
What would the Flying Avalons do in the final scene of their act?
Kiss in the air while they were blindfolded
What does the narrator reveal about her mother's physical state on the day of the storm?
Her mother's stomach muscles were so strong that she didn't show that she was pregnant
Where were the Avaolns, and what was just about to happen when "lightning struck the main pole"?
The Avalons were flying through the air when the lightning struck. They were just about to catch each other
Why do you think Anna Avalon did not reach out for her husband while he was failing?
I think Anna wanted to grab something to keep her from falling, then would catch Harry if she had the time
What happens to Anna's hands, and what is responsible for thise?
Anna's hands were terribly burn form the hot wire from the lightning
Name two things readers discover about Anna's baby7 who "was born without life."
The baby was a girl and was "buried around the corner, beyond this house and just down the highway."
Under what circumstances did the narrator's parents meet?
They met when Anna was in the hospital
Why has the narrator returned home?
She returned home because she wants to read to her blind mother
How old was the narrator when her house caught fire?
What does the narrator believe may have woken her up on that day?
She believes the sound of the ladder falling on the side of the house woke her up
How is Anna able to get to her daughter in the house? Explain the process.
She took off her dress, climbed up the broken ladder, walked across a tree branch to get close to the house, used the gutter to hold herself upside down, tapped on the window, got into the room when her daughter opened the window, and jumped to the target with the net and her daughter
Why is the narrator "embarrassed" toward the end of the third flashback?
She was embarrassed because her mom was only wearing undergarments.
At the beginning of the third paragraph of this story, the narrator states, "I owe her my existence three times." Below, list those three events.
A. When her mother survived the accident that killed Harry Avalon.
B. When her mother was in the hospital and met her dad.
C. When her mother saved her from the fire
The narrator's mother lives in ________
At the beginning of the story, the room of the house that the narrator is in used to be her _____
The narrator's mother can also be referred to as ____ of the Flying Avalons
The FLying Avalons were famous for wearing ___ during their act.
At the time of the storm, Mrs. Avalon was _____ months pregnant
Which of the following was not an injury that Mrs. Avalon suffered on the day of the storm
A. burned palms
B. chipped teeth
C. broken arm
D. major blood loss
The narrator's mother learned to read and write in a ____
The narrator's parents lived on a ___ after they married
The other person besides the narrator asleep in the house at the time of the fire was the narrator's ___
In order to climb the tree, the narrator's mother first had to climb a broken ____
Who was the author?
What is the setting of the story
a house in New Hampshire, a hospital in June, a circus in June, and farmhouse in November
Point of View?
Anna Avalon- narrator's mom
Harold Avalon- first husband of Anna, died in an accident
Doctor- Narrator's dad
Narrator- anna's daughter
Person vs. Nature
Anna vs. Storm , Fire, hemorrhaged
Why does the narrator return home
to read to her mom
Why doesn't Anna Avalon reach out for her husband
She did not have time, and her hands were terribly burned, did not want to hurt the baby.
What was the mother's job when she was married to her first husband
When the narrator says that her mother 'has never....bumped into a closet door left carelessly open," the narrator is referring to the fact that-
the narrator's mother is blind but moves confidently
The narrator's mother deals with the past by --
hardly talking about it and keeping very few souvenirs
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