1. What would you say is the writer’s? PURPOSE in this essay? Is it primarily to entertain readers with an exciting story, or does he seem to have another purpose as well? How can you tell?
2.What actually happened to the man to prompt a 911 call? Does Bethards provide enough explanation for readers to know? Is it necessary to understand the details of the patient’s condition to understand the rest of the story?
3.Why did the situation threaten to become violent? How does Bethards explain the wife’s behavior?
4.Where, if at all, does Bethards state a THESIS? In your own words, what is the controlling idea of his narrative?