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What is the problem and Resolution in the story "The Twenty-One Balloons"?

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lexifye101 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 18, 2008 at 7:42 AM via web

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What is the problem and Resolution in the story "The Twenty-One Balloons"?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 19, 2008 at 12:13 AM (Answer #1)

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The problem in "The Twenty-One Balloons" is that Professor Sherman and the inhabitants of the island, Krakatoa, must find a way to escape the island before a massive eruption destroys the entire island.

The Professor and the families must work together in order to escape the island.  The resolution of the problem occurs when the families and Professor Sherman escape on a flying platform held aloft by twenty balloons.  The families parachute off the flying platform and start new lives in different parts of the world.

Professor Sherman remains on the platform, dropping into the ocean, where he is rescued.

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