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 Potatopeople/smcc/mgan/06
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Potato People by Angela Wright
1.
 
Write about
an important event
in the story.
An important event in the novel “Potato People” is when Patrick and Marie sneaked into a rich English lord‟s mansion to
steal some food. They climbed up a tree, jumped over the wall into the compound of the house to make their way into a roomwith a table of luxurious meal.
To Patrick, the rich lord‟s house is like paradise. It is clean, bright and free from disease and starvation. Patrick had
never tasted chicken in his life. Marie on the other hand, was grabbing handfuls of cake and swallowing some of them as well. Atthe same time, she was filling her bag with scraps of food from the table. Patrick followed her lead and hid a loaf of bread in hisshirt. It was the first time that Patrick had his stomach full in more than two years.2.
 
Write about
a happy event
in the story.
A happy event in the novel “Potato People” is when Patrick Flynne experiences „paradise‟ for the first time in a richlord‟s mansion as he a
nd Marie sneak in to steal some food.For the first time, Patrick gets to see a table full of luxurious food. He has never eaten so much food before. It is the firsttime in more than two years that his stomach is full.
I find the chapter “The Feast” a happy event because the people in this big mansion are dressed in lovely, expensive
clothes. They are dancing and enjoying themselves. The place makes Patrick forget about the sufferings happening outside. ToPatrick, the house is like paradise, as it is clean, bright and free from diseases and starvation.3.
 
Write about
a sad event
in the story.A sad
event in the novel “Potato People” is the destruction of Patrick Flynne‟s village. Twenty British soldiers in redcoats accompanied Mr Oswald Graystone to Patrick‟s village to tear and burn down the village of Skullgoragh.Mr Graystone‟s men emptied t
he houses and placed all the furniture in the middle of the village. The doors of the houses
were pulled out and used to start a fire to burn the villagers‟ belongings and houses.
The villagers stood watching helplessly. They were hungry and desperate. Many men were crying like children. Thewomen and children were crying and wailing loudly. Mr Graystone had ordered them to leave Skullgoragh in two days and neverto return.4.
 
Write about
an interesting event
.
In the novel “Potato People”,
I find the arrival of British soldiers to the village of Skullgoragh to be an interesting event.Patrick Flynne ran to alert the villagers about the arrival of the soldiers who had come to evict the villagers from theirhomes. Behind the soldiers were Mr Graystone and his men.Sean picked up a rusty axe to head the villagers. The villagers though thin and hungry looked desperate to protect theirhomes from going up in flames. They had heard that two weeks ago, the villagers in Dunlow were driven away from their houses.The villagers of Skullgoragh refused to let the same incident happened to them.In the chapter
Army of Ghosts
, the reader
s sense of sympathy was aroused. Besides, there was also a sense of suspense. The villagers looked frightened but they nodded their heads in agreement to defend their village. However, they failedto do so. All their homes went up in flames. They were forced to leave Skullgoragh and never to return.5.
 
Describe the
most important part
of the story.The most interesting part of the story
“Potato People”
is the day when the
Zeus
was to sail and Patrick found out thatSean was not there. Patrick insisted on going back to the inn to look for Sean and what he saw must have shocked himtremendously.They saw Sean in chairs with blood on the front of his shirt with soldiers all around and a huge crowd. Patrick wanted togo towards Sean but Marie pulled him back. The reality was there was nothing they could do. They would be hanged togetherbecause the money Sean stole had been handed to them. The truth was that Sean had been arrested for murdering and robbing MrGraystone to get the money for Patrick to leave for America and he was prepared to accept the consequences of his action. Whata shock it must have been for Patrick.I think it is interesting because it is a touching moment for both Sean and Patrick and the reader as well.
 
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6.
 
Write about
a lesson
that you have learnt.A valuable lesson that I have learnt from the novel
Potato People
is to be
brave in facing any hardships in life
.In Patrick and Marie, we see great courage. Though they had lost their families in the epidemic caused by the potatoblight, they did not give up on life easily. They remained hopeful and determined to achieve what they had set out to do. Theywere determined to leave Ireland and head for the New World (America). They were determined to free themselves from hungerand strife.Despite great trials and hardships along the way, Patrick and Marie were able to come out triumphant. They watchedtheir families died in the epidemic outbreaks following the Great Hunger. They arrived safely on American soil after a difficultcrossing at the Atlantic Ocean in the ship Zeus. They worked hard and often went hungry. Marie worked hard alongside Patrick in the first few years of their difficult new life in America. Their determination to overcome their hardships finally paid off. Thaymanaged to settle down as successful and wealthy ranches in California.7.
 
Write about
a character
that you like in the story.The character that I like
in the novel “Potato People” is
Marie
.Marie was a streetwise, smart girl who had travelled widely. This made her know many things. She was also wise toprevent Patrick Flynne from acknowledging Sean when the latter was caught by the British soldiers. If she had not done so, bothof them would have never made it to America. She was also full of life and free-spirited. She was always smiling and dancing.Being very optimistic, she remained cheerful at all times even though she lost her family in the Great Hunger. She looked atthings positively.I also found Marie to be independent. She was able to survive on her own. Being resourceful, she knew where to findfood and directed Patrick to the houses of a rich Lord who was feasting to steal some food.8.
 
Write about
a character
who inspires or fascinates you.
In the novel “Potato People”,
the character who inspires me the most is
Patrick Flynne
, the hero of the novel. Patrick inspires me mainly because he is brave and loyal. As the lookout who warns the villagers when Mr Graystone
s men are on theway to cause trouble, he is quick, alert and responsible. This is why he is able to warn the villagers quickly when he sees Britishsoldiers approaching.Patrick also inspires me because he remains innocent, trusting and sweet-natured in spite of his tough childhood and MrGraystone
s cruelty to him and the villagers. After the village is burned, Patrick may have become bitter and set off to avengehimself on Mr Graystone, as Sean does, but instead, he remains sweet and innocent. He listens to Sean, and goes to America tostart afresh. He trusts Sean and remains loyal to him even after finding out that Sean killed mr Graystone and stole Lord Egham
smoney. When he finally finds success in America, Patrick does not forget his past, and cheerfully and readily helps those in needas he once was.The third reason why I find Patrick inspiring is that he works hard to improve his lot in life. Patrick wisely takes fulladvantage of the opportunity to start life afresh in America, and he works very, very hard to do this. Patrick deserves the successhe achieves in America.9.
 
Write about
a character
whom you found wicked.
In the novel “Potato People”,
 
Mr Graystone
was a wicked character.Mr Oswald Graystone was the overseer of Lord Egham. I find him wicked because he took hash and brutal actionagainst the farmers who did not pay their rent. He showed no mercy towards the Irish farmers. He ordered his men to flattenthree nearby villages and drive the people off. In Skullgoragh, he told the farmers to leave Lord Egham
s land and that they mustnever return.Besides that, Mr Graystone was a hard man who ruled the estate like a king with an army of slaves under him. Heemployed people like Big Finn McDonald as he was a fighter and a bully to carry out his orders. Mr Graystone was always seenwith his two gigantic Irish wolfhounds and riding a black horse, cracking a whip.10.
 
Who is the
hero or heroine
in the story?
In the novel “Potato People”,
I would pick 
Sean
as my hero. Sean
s family had once owned all the land that nowbelonged to Lord Egham. Sean was a lord without land and spent most of his time playing the Irish harp and singing sad andbeautiful songs while facing starvation. During the struggle with the British soldiers, he was the poor people
s unofficial leaderbut he was a sad man with nothing but rags on his body.He was the one who asked Patrick to get out of Skullgoragh and never come back. He asked Patrick to go to America sothat this sad episode in Ireland would never be forgotten. He murdered Mr Graystone, his two dogs and stole from him to givePatrick the money to buy the ticket on the
Zeus
. It was only when the soldiers came to get Sean that Patrick and his companionMarie knew the truth but it was too late to help Sean. Sean would be hanged for murder and robbery. He had done all this forPatrick and for the love of Ireland. He made the ultimate sacrifice for a fellow Irishman and his country. He is therefore, my hero.
 
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11.
 
Show how the world of the main characters is full of problems and challenges.
In the novel “Potato People”, the world of the Irish people and Patrick Flynne in particular, in a village called
Skullgoragh is falling apart. It was the potato blight of the 1840s and there was mass starvation. It was also the time when therich landlords owned the land on which the peasants lived. The potato blight caused so much hardship that even rich Irishfamilies like Sean
‟s lost their land. Soldiers were sent to evict them. Any showdown meant that the villagers, thin, desperate and
ragged were no match for the soldiers. In most cases, the soldiers left the places in ashes and smoke. It was also a time whenpeople went on without food for days. People lived on weeds roots and even contaminated meat of a half-dead dog. It is againstthe background of suffering that Sean asked Patrick to leave for America and never come back.12.
 
Describe two good qualities shown by
one
character in the novel.In
“Potato People”
,
Marie
, the gipsy girl is a good role model. She was
cheerful and optimistic
even when things weredown. Though hungry when she met Patrick, she could tell him stories about her exotic origin and she was heading to Americafor a better future, all alone. Marie knew how to smile unlike the people in Skullgoragh and Patrick was thankful he had met her.Besides this, Marie was
resourceful
and without her, Patrick would not have been able to manage. She taught Patrick how to defend himself with a stick as the road to Cork was littered with starry-eyed hungry people. She taught Patrick how to
climb over a wall into a rich man‟s home to steal food. When they finally met Sean at the „
Three Cats
‟, she was quick 
enough torealize that Sean had murdered and robbed Mr Graystone for the sake of Patrick. She also stopped Patrick from helping Sean atthat point because it meant endangering all of them.13.
 
Describe
a pitiful character
in the story.In
“Potato People”
, the most pitiful character is
Sean
. Sean‟s family had been rich and powerful and he was a nobleman
living in an old castle. Now, Sean owned nothing except the rags on his back. He spent most of his time playing the Irish harpand singing beautiful, sad songs. The potato blight had done him it.
He was a pitiful character, being constantly harassed and humiliated by Lord Egham‟s men and the British soldiers.
However, his fierce Irish pride was still very strong. He asked Patrick to go off to America so that someone would live to tell thetale of the Irish potato famine. In the act of ultimate sacrifice, he murdered and robbed Mr Graystone in order to sponsor P
atrick‟s
trip to America. The sight of him being taken away by the British soldiers to be hanged for murder and robbery is heart-wrenching. Nothing and nobody could save him. He is the most pitiful character.14.
 
Which character in the novel do you admire the most?a.
 
The character I admire the most in the novel “Potato People” is
Marie
. She had a very hard life but she was alwayscheerful and happy. No problems could dampen her spirit. Her high spirits were so infections that Patrick felt energetic to bewith her. She had travelled a lot and seemed to know a lot about the world. Marie was also a wise girl. She advised Patrick notto try to help Sean when he was being arrested by the British soldiers. She also told Patrick not to talk about Sean while on boardthe ship to America. They might get into trouble.b.
 
The character I admire the most in the novel “Potato People” is
Patrick Flynne
. He was not a selfish man. He was
always thinking of others. When he heard that Mr Graystone was coming to collect the rent, he offered to be the villagers‟
lookout. When he
saw Mr Graystone‟s men destroying the
village, he felt pity for the villagers. He was so concerned about thevillagers that, he, later when back to the village to see how the people were faring. When Sean was arrested by the soldiers formurder and robbery, he wanted to help him. If Marie had not stopped him, he would have done so. He would also have beenarrested. Patrick was also faithful to the woman he loved. He never abandoned Marie. In fact, he took her to America with himand later married her.c.
 
The character I admire the most in the novel “Potato People” is
Sean
. He was once rich. He once owned all the land onwhich the village of Skullgoragh stood. He was always humble towards the village people. He tried to protect them against MrGraystone when he came to collect the rent. However, he was helpless when Mr Graystone brought British soldiers with him todestroy the village. Sean was a wise and good leader. He did not want the villagers to be hurt or killed by the British soldiers. So,
he gave way to them. He lay down his axe. The villagers did what he had done. Thus, a fight was avoided. Mr Graystone‟s m
endestroyed the village. Sean could only watch helplessly. Later, he took revenge for the villagers. He killed and robbed MrGraystone. He was also a true friend. He told Patrick to go to America to escape the hunger and diseases in Ireland. He promisedto pay for his passage to America. He kept his promise.

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