Can someone please tell me the description of the bunkhouse at the beginning of Chapter 2?I'm supposed to draw a picture for my English class and I don't have my book. Thanks for any help<3

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mamape | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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Hi Idek,

The bunkhouse describes the squalid living conditions migrant workers faced during the Great Depression, the era the book is based in. Here are some of the features inside:

  1. It's a long, rectangular building; three of its walls have windows, and one has just a door.
  2. The walls are whitewashed, and the floor is unpainted.
  3. There are 8 bunks inside.
  4. An apple box is nailed above each bed; the opening of the box faces forward, so that the top and bottom act as shelves for the men's personal possessions 
  5. There is a table in the middle of the room, with boxes as chairs.
  6. There's a black cast-iron stove near one wall - it's flue (pipe) goes up through the roof.

If you want to get a great grade, here are some extra details:

  1. Of the 8 bunks, 5 are made up with blankets, the other three with just burlap ticking on them.
  2. In the apple box above George's bunk, there is a can of powder to get rid of bugs - presumably because the bunkhouse harbors fleas and/or lice - although Candy (the "swamper" who cleans the bunkhouse) denies this.
  3. There are playing cards scattered all over the table.

Good luck with your drawing!

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