Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket

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What does Tom’s use of a typewriter suggests about the setting?
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1950’s
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What type of conflict is Tom facing?
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stay home and work- no movies paper is on the ledge
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What caused the sheet of paper to fly out the window?
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His wife leaving(door opening and closing)
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Why is tom upset about the loss of the paper?
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represents 2 months worth of work.
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What is Tom’s internal conflict regarding the paper?
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angry,panic
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How high is the ledge? What element does the height of the ledge add to the story?
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11 stories —-> 220 ft. suspense
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What does the apartment represent to Tom? What effect does the disappearance of the apartment have on Tom?
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safety. make him afraid, nervous
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something that juts out from a surface
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projection
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abandoning; getting rid of
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discarding
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proof
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confirmation
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something breathed out; breath
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exhalation
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in such a slight way as to be almost unnoticeable
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imperceptibly
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bounced back
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rebounded
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endless
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interminable
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in a way not relating to the point or situation
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irrelevantly
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not understandable
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incomprehensible
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not blocked; unobstructed
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unimpeded
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List some of the sensory details from the second paragraph
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Scuttling,moving crab-wise,shoes scraping, rough bricks, hear his buttons scrape,sees cracked mortar
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What has Tom tried to avoid,but ultimately does, on 20?
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looks down to street below
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What nearly causes Tom to fall?
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He bumps his head against the building
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How does this paragraph build suspense?
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imagines himself falling;loses balance;makes us believe he may fall
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What is the only thing keeping Tom from reaching his apartment?
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He has to focus-mentally prepare to go back
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What is happening to Tom at the end of page 21?
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He reaches and feels nothing. He is convinced he will fall and die
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What is ironic about how much time has passed?
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Not much time has passed even though it feels like hours. His cigarette is still burning
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Why is Tom stuck outside the window? What caused it to jam closed?
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Window shut. Tom pushing against it and dropping it to his knees caused it
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What is Clare doing during Toms \”adventure\” on the ledge?
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She’s at the movies
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Could a person stand outside this window for several hours without falling? What does Tom think? .
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No. Doubtful; over 3 hours
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What are the contents of Tom’s pockets?
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Yellow sheet of paper with his notes
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What effect does the realization that he might die have on Tom?
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He has regrets. He has wasted his life on work.
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List the sensory details you find.
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He could picture it; facing the window;hearing the glass;feel the blow and glass in hand
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How does the author build suspense?
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Tom imagines all the scenarios of breaking the window, even if it doesn’t work
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What earlier episode do these events recall? How does this episode differ?
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Paper flying out; this time he laughs because he knows it’s unimportant
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How does Tom resolve his conflict? What does his resolution symbolize?
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he wants to be with Clare He goes to the movies He knows what he truly values

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