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1: Answer Key (pp. 311-315)


Checkpoints in the text
  • The mother has to stay awake because a snake has disappeared under the house.
  • There is a thunderstorm and the wind rushes through the cracks in the slab wall.
  • The drover’s brother comes over about once a month with provisions. The family also has a couple of cows, a horse and a few sheep.
  • She cries when she thinks about how she was fooled by an aborigine. He sold her some wood, but she realized that he had made the wood heap hollow.

Checkpoints p. 315
  1. They live in a two-roomed house of round timber. In addition to this they have a bark kitchen; the kitchen has no floor. The house is in the middle of the bush, and there are no people for miles. There is hardly any vegetation in the area and the creek is almost dry.
  2. The family consists of the father who is a drover, the mother and four children; two boys and two girls. The oldest one is eleven; the youngest one is a little baby. The father is away with the sheep; he has been away for six months.
  3. The mother is an Australian girl. She is tough; she takes care of her family in her husband’s absence. She has even given birth to one of her children while being alone in the bush; and another child died when she was alone. She dreams about a more comfortable life in the city; and she reads the Young Ladies’ Journal which gives her some excitement in her dreary bush life. On Sundays she and the children dress up and go for a walk along the bush-track. They do not meet anybody. She loves her children, but she seems quite harsh to them, as she has no time to show her love.
  4. She has fought a bush fire, a flood, the pleura-pneumonia, a mad bullock, crows, eagles and bushmen.

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