What are ten questions raised by the opening passages in The Wind in the Willows?

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1 If Mole can use paint brushes and ladders, why does he need to dig with his paws?
2 To what degree will the animals in the story replicate human society?
3 What imputed animal characteristics do the characters possess?
4 If other animals have carriages, are their carriages drawn by animals or by what?
5 What class structure do we see in the society?
6 Why does Mole say “onion-sauce” to the rabbits?
7 What is it that “calls imperiously” from above?
8 What is significant about Mole jumping on four legs?
9 What sort of narrator is telling us the story?
10 How does the prose style signal the intended audience for the book?


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