1. The author begins the book by describing the setting and the tree to emphasize the importance that place will play in the novel. The simile that compares the tree to opened green umbrellas is used a few times throughout the book, and describes the tree just as Francie would see it from an upstairs window, looking down. 2. This quote addresses the book's class theme. The Nolans cannot afford to throw anything at all away, and yet, Katie allows this one exception. This quote demonstrates Katie's pride, and the pride she wishes to pass on to her children. 3. When Francie is saying bye at her neighborhood. Francie has always been great at observing; as a child she found joy in so many small pleasures. In fact, Francie all along has looked at the world around her as if seeing it for the first or last time. List the major characters, their relationship to others, three adjectives of each, and their purpose or function in the story. 1. Mary Frances Nolan- Protagonist - Francie is the daughter of second-generation Americans living in Brooklyn, New York in the early twentieth century. - Hardworking, practical, smart 2. Katie Nolan – Francie’s mother- She is hard and detached ever since she had her two children and realized she could not depend on Johnny, her husband to support her family. – Proud, hardworking, detached 3. Johnny Nolan – Francie’s father- He loves his children, but is an alcoholic who cannot always be a good father in a conventional way. Francie dreads his drunkenness, Francie loves Johnny more than Katie. – Dreamer and Irresponsible, but knows education is important 4. Cornelius Nolan – Francie’s Brother- Growing up, he and Francie experience life together and grow to be close friends. - loving, typical boy, and dreamer like her father.