Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket Questions and Answers
by Jack Finney

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What key events from "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" would you include in a one paragraph summary of this story?

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"Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" by Jack Finney is certainly a story driven by action. Tom Benecke has spent many hours on a project that he tries to complete in the hope that he can submit it to his boss on Monday before anyone else turns in ideas. As a result, rather than going to the movies with his wife, he stays home to finish the work that promises him a promotion.

Here are the key incidents that occur when Tom stays home:

When his wife goes out the apartment door, the current of warm air from the hallway rushes in, lifting Tom's yellow worksheet and hurling it toward the open window. Momentarily, the sheet sticks to the window, but, as the blowing curtains swing back from the wall, the yellow sheet slides outside. Tom rushes to the window, but it is gone. He watches, hoping that the yellow paper will fall so he can see where it lands and then go pick it up. When the yellow paper does not move on the outside ledge, Tom curses as he thinks of the big opportunity for advancement...

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