Face to Face with Hurricane Camille 课后练习题答案/answer
I. Las Vegas. Las Vegas city is the seat of Clark County in South Nevada. In 1970 it had a population of 125,787 people. Revenue from hotels, gambling, entertainment and other tourist-oriented industries forms the backbone of Las
Vegas's economy, Its nightclubs and casinos are world famous. The city is also the commercial hub of a ranching and mining area. In the 19th century Las Vegas was a watering place for travelers to South California. In 1.855-1857 the Mormons maintained a fort there, and in 1864 Fort Baker was built by the U. S. army. In 1867, Las Vegas was
detached from the Arizona territory and joined to Nevada. (from The New Columbia Encyclopedia )
Ⅱ. 1. He didn' t think his family was in any real danger, His former house had been demolished by Hurricane Betsy for it only stood a few feet above sea level. His present house was 23 feet above sea level and 250 yards away from the sea. He thought they would be safe here as in any place else. Besides, he had talked the matter over with his father and mother and consulted his longtime friend, Charles Hill, before making his decision to stay and face the hurricane.
2. Magna Products is the name of the firm owned by John Koshak. It designed and developed educational toys and supplies.
3. Charlie thought they were in real trouble because salty water was sea water. It showed the sea had reached the house and they were in real trouble for they might be washed into the sea by the tidal wave.
4. At this Critical moment when grandmother Koshak thought they might die at any moment, she told her husband the dearest and the most precious thing she could think of. This would help to encourage each other and enable them to face death with greater serenity.
5.John Koshak felt a crushing guilt because it was he who made the final decision to stay and face the hurricane. Now it seemed they might all die in the hurricane.
6.Grandmother Koshak asked the children to sing because she thought this would lessen tension and boost the morale of everyone.
7.Janis knew that John was trying his best to comfort and encourage her for he too felt there was a possibility of their dying in the storm
Ⅲ.1.This piece of narration is organized as follows. .introduction, development, climax, and conclusion. The first 6
paragraphs are introductory paragraphs, giving the time, place, and background of the conflict-man versus hurricanes. These paragraphs also introduce the characters in the story.
2. The writer focuses chiefly on action but he also clearly and sympathetically delineates the characters in the story.
3. John Koshak, Jr. , is the protagonist in the story.
4. Man and hurricanes make up the conflict.
5. The writer builds up and sustains the suspense in the story by describing in detail and vividly the incidents showing how the Koshaks and their friends struggled against each onslaught of the hurricane.
6. The writer gives order and logical movement to the sequence of happenings by describing a series of actions in the order of their occurrence.
7. The story reaches its climax in paragraph 27.
8. I would have ended the story at the end of Paragraph 27,because the hurricane passed, the main characters survived, and the story could come to a natural end.
9. Yes, it is. Because the writer states his theme or the purpose behind his story in the reflection of Grandmother Koshak: "We lost practically all our possessions, but the family came through it. When I think of that, I realize we lost nothing important.
Ⅳ.1. We' re 23 feet above sea level.
2. The house has been here since 1915, and no hurricane has ever caused any damage to it.
3. We can make the necessary preparations and survive the hurricane without much damage.