According to Kipling, what was the “White Man’s Burden”?

According to Kipling, what was the “White Man’s Burden”?

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

Describe the moral atmosphere of your junior high and high school. Were there any overt attempts…

Obviously, as an eNotes educator, I do not know where you went to school nor anything about the moral atmosphere of your school; it is unlikely to be identical to that of the school I attended…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Provide evidence from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird that shows how Calpurnia’s lecture about…

In Chapter 3, Jem invites Walter Cunningham Jr. over to have dinner with the family. Before Walter is about to eat, he asks for some molasses. Calpurnia gives him the bowl of syrup and Walter…

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  • THE INTERLOPERS

How does the story “The Interlopers” by Saki have suspense in it?

“The Interlopers” begins with suspense as “a man stood … watching and listening,” waiting for a “beast” to come within range of his rifle. The middle has suspense as Ulrich and Georg come “face…

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  • HISTORY

What are the protests that the colonists used?

The colonists used several forms of protest. When the British government passed tax laws that the colonists felt were unfair such as the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts, the colonists protested in…

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  • MARK TWAIN

In Mark Twain’s “Luck,” what elements of satire are used? What is Mark Twain’s reason for using…

Satire is generally defined as the use of a humor, irony, exaggeration or ridicule to expose or criticize some element of society. Modern day comedians use satire in much of their stand-up comedy…

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  • THE DEMON LOVER

Why does Kathleen feel free when the soldier goes missing? Why is the betrothal “sinister”?

Kathleen Drover, a middle-aged wife and mother of three, recalled when she was engaged as a young woman many years before. Her fiancé was a soldier during World War I. He was a mysterious man….

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  • THE ODYSSEY

What did Odysseus advise Penelope to do when he left?

When Odysseus heard about the impending Trojan War, he did not want to go. According to the Latin author Hyginus, Odysseus actually pretended to be insane so he could stay home. Unfortunately, the…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

How and why did Ponyboy’s opinion of Socs change during The Outsiders?

Pony’s opinion of Socs is pretty negative at first, but as he gets to know some of them he realizes everyone has problems and not all Socs are bad. At first, Ponyboy is afraid and envious of Socs….

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  • HISTORY

When did the United States declare war on the Central Powers?

The United States officially declared war with Germany on April 2, 1917, but did not declare war against Austria until December 7, 1917.This was ostensibly in response to the sinking of the…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

Explain the relationship between attachment and autonomy, and evaluate the claim that secure…

Attachment is the word psychologists use to describe the social and emotional bonds we form with others, particularly with our parents in childhood. A higher degree of attachment indicates a closer…

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  • HISTORY

How did the English Reformation differ from Luther’s break with the Catholic Church?

While the Protestant Reformation started by Martin Luther was based on principle—a response to the corruption of the Catholic Church and attempt to turn Christian religion back to focusing on the…

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  • HISTORY

In what ways did Malcolm X influence American society?

Malcolm X was a major influence on American society in the early 1960s when he became a prominent leader in the Nation of Islam, which combined Islam with black nationalism. His life was an example…

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  • A RETRIEVED REFORMATION

What do Ben Price and Jimmy Valentine have in common in “A Retrieved Reformation”?

Jimmy Valentine just got out of prison for robbing safes. He is an expert at his job, and the expensive tools he had demonstrate how good at it he was and how much he enjoyed what he did. When…

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  • THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL

In Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, what does Anne mean when she says they have freedom…

The Franks and the Van Daans hide in a secret loft, or annex, that is attached to a warehouse and business offices. This is also where the men used to work. Life seems to have stopped for Jews who…

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  • HISTORY

Who created the Mauryan empire?

The Mauryan empire was created after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE. A man known as Chandragupta Maurya founded the empire. It started in 322 BCE, when Maurya took over Magadha in the…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

How do I analyze Dickens’ writing throughout the novel A Christmas Carol?

In short, a student can analyze Charles Dickens’ writing by plucking out representative examples from the text and explaining the writing style using those examples. Often, an instructor will…

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  • LYDDIE

What do the lyrics of the song have to do with signing the petition?

Lyddie’s roommate, Betsy, becomes more and more dissatisfied with the work at the factory as the novel progresses. She complains that she can no longer handle the speed of the equipment and the…

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  • THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

What contrast does Lord Henry make between Basil and Dorian in The Picture of Dorian Gray?

In the first chapter of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry makes the following contrast between Basil and Dorian: Basil…with your rugged, strong face and your coal-black hair, and this young…

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  • THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

What does the house in Berlin look like in Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

Bruno absolutely loves his house in Berlin. As a result, the narrator happily describes this house to the reader at the very beginning of the novel. Therefore, the reader learns quite a bit about…

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  • FREAK THE MIGHTY

How does Freak change Maxwell from living in a “vegetative state” to taking on daily quests? What…

In Chapter 8, Maxwell describes his summers. He says he usually reads comic books or watches television all summer, but now that Freak is there, he can’t even sleep in. Freak must be very ambitious…

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  • REFERENCE

What are some things that leap?

This is a cute question — I assume related to Leap Year. My first thoughts go to animals that leap. Some of the more common ones would be frogs or anything in that family, including toads….

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  • WALK TWO MOONS

What strange request does Tom Fleet make to Sal in the the hospital?

Tom Fleet is the boy who had threatened Sal and her grandparents as they were swimming in a river. He had a knife, but Gramps had Sal show off her skills throwing rocks. Gram was bitten by a water…

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  • THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN

In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, how old was Junior when he began wearing…

In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Junior started wearing eyeglasses when he was just three years old. Ever since birth, Junior suffered from physical ailments, the most immediate…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

How are Crooks and Curley’s wife presented in Of Mice and Men? 1 image

Crooks and Curley’s wife are treated as outcasts, and thus experience terrible loneliness in John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men. Crooks is the stable buck on the ranch. He is a black man on…

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  • HISTORY

Which of the following describes an achievement of the Babylonian empire? A. The creation and…

  1. The creation and recording of a formal code of laws The earliest Mesopotamian law code was that of Uruinimgina (ca. 2350 BC). Others include those of Ur-namma (ca. 2112-2095 BC), Lipit-Ishtar…

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  • SCIENCE

A pressure acting on a surface is 10 Pa. What does this mean?

Pressure is the amount of force applied to a particular size of area. Pressure = Force/Area The weight of an object sitting on a surface is equal to the force exerted by the object on the…

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  • PERSEPOLIS: THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD

What does Marjane’s father do about Mehri’s relationship with the neighbor Hossein?

In Persepolis, Marjane’s father tells the neighbor boy, Hossein, that Mehri, the girl he’s been exchanging letters with, is not his daughter, but the maid. As a result of her true identity being…

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  • REFERENCE

What do you think is the most important source of power: personal, relationships or position?…

There are many different theories of power and many ways in which power operates in our society. I don’t think there is any one single source of power, but rather different types of power that…

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  • THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND

In the story “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” what were the exotic mammals that Dr. Roylott…

The answer to your question comes near the beginning of the story, when Miss Helen Stoner comes to visit Sherlock Holmes to present her mystery. She is the stepdaughter of Dr. Roylott, and speaks…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

What are two of Brutus’s admirable qualities in Julius Caesar?

Brutus is patriotic and thoughtful. Brutus has many negative qualities. He is naïve and betrays his friend, and he does not back down and let people who know better than he does take charge….

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  • HISTORY

What was meant by the term, “Second New Deal?”

The New Deal was a program of economic reform put forth by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. From 1933 to 1939, changes were made in agriculture and resource distribution, housing, and labor…

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  • SCIENCE

List examples of different types of solutes and solvents.

First, let’s distinguish between the terms solute, solvent, and solution: Solute: A solute is a substance that dissolves in a solvent. Solvent: A solvent is a substance that is able to dissolve a…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In “Lord of the Flies”, which boys were the most successful leaders? For those who were poor…

Defining “successful leadership” is a task all of its own; Jack and Ralph were both successful leaders, but in very different ways. A good generalization would involve establishing the goals for a…

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  • NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA

Summarize Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia.

It is difficult to summarize Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia because it does not unfold in traditionally narrative fashion. Rather than offering a story, or sequence of tableaux,…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

In Animal Farm, why did Napoleon seem to feel threatened by Boxer’s death?

In Chapter Nine of Animal Farm, Boxer injures himself while collecting stone for the completion of the windmill. When word of this accident reaches Napoleon, he has Squealer, his propagandist, tell…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

Where did the books in Gatsby’s library come from?

Gatsby’s library is first mentioned in chapter three of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. Nick and Jordan are at one of Gatsby’s lavish parties at his palatial mansion in West Egg….

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  • FREAK THE MIGHTY

How is Morquio Syndrome described in the book Freak the Mighty?

The best description of Morquio syndrome comes from Max himself during the second time he sees Kevin, while Kevin is shouting at the moving men. Max immediately notices Kevin as the child who…

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  • THE POSSIBILITY OF EVIL

What lesson does “The Possibility of Evil” teach us about human nature?

The main lesson about human nature we should derive from “The Possibility of Evil” is that we should not judge people by the personas they present. Miss Strangeworth seems to be a sweet, kindly…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

In what way can Juliet’s deceitfulness be justified? How can her deceitfulness be viewed as…

I think it’s possible to justify Juliet’s deceitfulness because she has relatively little control over her own life. Her parents make most of her decisions for her, including who she should like…

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  • SCIENCE

How does the integumentary system work with the immune system?

The integumentary system is composed of the skin, hair, nails, and exocrine glands.The immune system is composed of white blood cells, antibodies, and other chemicals or proteins that serve to…

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  • THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK

I am having difficulty identifying W.E.B. De Bois’ tone in The Souls of Black Folk. I am not sure…

It is certainly possible for a book to have more than one tone, and DuBois is at times scholarly, strident, argumentative, and elegaic in The Souls of Black Folk. Part of this is because the book…

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  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

How would you deconstruct this phrase: “The complete works of Shakespeare went through much…

Deconstruction is a literary approach which looks very closely at the language and logic of texts by breaking them down into smaller parts. Like a building is “constructed,” texts like novels,…

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  • THE LADY OR THE TIGER?

In the story “The Lady or the Tiger” who was the king being unfair to and in what way?

Technically, the king isn’t unfair to anyone in Frank Stockton’s short story “The Lady or the Tiger.” Every accused man has the same probability of proving his innocence or guilt. The king’s…

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  • IF

What does Rudyard Kipling’s If suggest about both life and choices?

Rudyard Kipling’s If is a poem he wrote in 1895. It is said to be inspired by Leander Starr Jameson, the man who led the failed Jameson Raid, which took place about 15 years before the poem’s…

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  • A ROSE FOR EMILY

How did Ms. Emily change after her father’s passing?

Emily Grierson’s father was a domineering man who controlled his daughter’s life. The narrator says, “We had long thought of them as a tableau, Miss Emily a slender figure in white in the…

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  • HISTORY

According to Kipling, what was the “White Man’s Burden”?

Kipling felt imperialism was the “burden” of the white man. Taking responsibility for less technologically advanced peoples and helping them progress was something that Kipling, as a Brit, had…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

What is lifespan development?

Lifespan development is a term describing the changes and stages of life humans go through as we age. The term also accounts for any “developments” in mental or physical processes which contribute…

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  • 1984

On what page does Winston say that “freedom is the ability to say that two plus two equals four?”

In 1984, this quote appears at the very end of Part One, Chapter Seven, on page 84. To put this quote into context, Winston writes in his diary that the proles could overthrow the party, if they…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What evidence could be used to say that Atticus was not a good person in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Atticus was somewhat of an absentee parent, but when he was there he made it count. If you read Go Set a Watchman you might come away with the impression that Atticus did not age well. The book…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why does Atticus say Bob Ewell bears a grudge in To Kill a Mockingbird? Who does Ewell see as his…

Atticus says Bob Ewell’s pride was hurt at the trial and he had to take it out on someone. Bob Ewell is embarrassed when he finds his daughter with Tom Robinson. To save face, he accuses Tom…

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