Describe the attack on Mrs. Joe in Chapter 13. What weapon was used? What does Pip imply about…

Describe the attack on Mrs. Joe in Chapter 13. What weapon was used? What does Pip imply about…

  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Describe the attack on Mrs. Joe in Chapter 13. What weapon was used? What does Pip imply about…

Someone took an old leg iron (a convict’s) and hit Mrs. Joe in the back of the head with it. It seems to be the one that the first convict filed off the day that Pip went to the graveyard and gave…

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  • LIFE OF PI

In “Life of Pi” what is the purpose of Pi believing 3 different unique religions that oppose each…

In interviews, Yann Martel explained why he had religion be such a prominent theme in his books. He felt that religions are a great way of telling a story about our existence. And, Pi’s story…

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  • THE OUTCASTS OF POKER FLAT

What happens on the outcasts’ first day together?

The outcasts are first escorted to the outskirts of town and left on their own. As they are on their way to Sandy Bar on their first day together, all of the outcasts except for John Oakhurst, are…

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  • THE GRAPES OF WRATH

Why did Steinback include the “car talk” segment in chapter seven of “The Grapes of Wrath”?

Very astute question! You have to notice that the longer Chapter 8 has been framed by two smaller chapters in Chapter 7 and Chapter 9, both of which shift the narrative from the Joad family to…

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  • BRAVE NEW WORLD

What “civilized” customs disgust John in Brave New World?

It is clear that John in the novel is an outsider in every sense of the word. Huxley uses the character of John to comment on the so-called “advances” that civilisation has made in his future…

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  • E. B. DU BOIS

What is the title of the poem that includes the line “our deepest fear is not that we are…

The quotation you are asking about is not from a poem by Du Bois but from the book A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that…

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  • THE CAY

What do you think the greatest gift Timothy gave Phillip in “The Cay”?What do you think the…

This is a good question for the discussion board. I think the greatest gift Timothy gave Phillip was independence. Timothy was an old man, and he knew that if they weren’t rescued soon, Phillip was…

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  • SINCLAIR ROSS

What explicitly and implicitly stated details help determine the setting in “The Lamp at Noon”?

Explicit details in the story such as “the lower of dust clouds made the farmyard seem an isolated acre,” tell us the setting is rural. The effect of the wind is an implicit detail that emphasises…

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  • THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

Who is the narrator of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

The narrator of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an anonymous third person limited narrator who directs how the story will be told, beginning in Chapter 1 where thenarrator says:…

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  • AMERICA: PATHWAYS TO THE PRESENT

What is the Port Huron Statement?

The Port Huron Statement was drafted and supported by the Students for a Democratic Society in 1962. The document was primarily by Tom Hayden, who has spent a lifetime in left-wing political…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

Describe the circumstances of Odysseus’ shipmates’ deaths. Is it Odysseus’ fault? Explain….

Odysseus is at fault only to the extent that he left his men alone on the island of the Sun God while he went on the other side to pray. The entire crew is starving because the ship has been…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

What is the significance of the quote that Brutus said in Julius Caesar, in Act II? Also, when…

The full quote is quite long, spanning 21 lines, from line 163-184 in Act II, Scene 1. The jist of it is, “Our course will seem to bloody, Caius Cassius, to cut the head off and then hack the…

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  • HISTORY

Who is Daniel Shays and what was he rebelling against?what Shays and the others were rebelling…

Daniel Shays was the leader of Shays’ Rebellion soon after the American Revolution. At that time – in 1786 – the new country was still governed under the poorly designed Articles of…

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  • THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, why does Tom deside to become a pirate?why does he…

The answer to this question is at the beginning of Chaper 13. His “adventures” so far have just gotten him in trouble. His aunt is angry with him because he fed pain medication to the cat, and…

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  • BUD, NOT BUDDY

Bud meets many homeless people in Hooverville. What evidence is there that racism exists among them?

Bud’s first image of the Hooverville near Flint gives a clue to this: “And there were more people sitting around than I first thought, too…They were all the colors you could think of, black,…

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  • ACROSS FIVE APRILS

Why was Northern optimism increased after the victory at Fort Donelson in Across Five Aprils?

The victory at Fort Henry, followed quickly by a second at Fort Donelson, were the first for the Union in the war. After suffering defeat in the opening battles at Bull Run, Ball’s Bluff, and…

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  • UP A ROAD SLOWLY

What is the time period in which thebook “Up a Road Slowly” is set?

Neither a time nor a place is specified for the setting of this novel, but the reader can infer that it is set in the US Midwest sometime during the 1930s or 1940s (or even the 1950s). Visit the…

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  • CAESAR

How would Cassius and Brutus from Julius Caesar fare as leaders/politicians in the 21st century?

Brutus and Cassius would not succeed in our century for the same reasons they failed in their own: Their failures resulted from personal weaknesses, not particular circumstances. Brutus failed as a…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

Give a summary of Mark Antony’s speech in Julius Caesar, mentioning some persuasive techniques…

Antony’s funeral oration shows the power of persuasive speaking as he turns a hostile audience into true believers for his own purposes. Antony employs several persuasive techniques in his speech,…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

Give a summary of Brutus’s speech after Caesar’s death.

In “Julius Caesar,” Brutus makes the classical mistake of assuming that because he is an idealistic, rational man the crowd, too, will be rational and revere the same ideals as he. Added to this,…

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  • THE CALL OF THE WILD

What is the significance of Buck’s dream as he lies by the fire?

Buck’s dream is significant because it foreshadows his “retrogression.” It’s a dream which recalls the ancestory of his breed and “calls” him back to his more primitive roots. With regard to…

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  • THROUGH THE TUNNEL

What does “Through the Tunnel” symbolize, and how is it related to life?

A symbol is something “real” or concrete that stands for an idea, so the story itself is not a symbol. However, within the story is a major symbol that communicates the story’s theme: the tunnel….

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  • BRAVE NEW WORLD

In the novel “Brave New World” how does the author make reference to social criticism?

In “Brave New World,” Huxley questions the values of 1931 London by using satire and irony to portray a futuristic world in which the trends of Britain and America are taken to extremes….

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

How does the author show us that Ralph is finally beginning to face the realities of their…

In the beginning of the story, Ralph is content to play and sees their plight in terms of being free from adult intervention in his life. The idea that he (and the others) can do as they wish is…

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  • OTHELLO

List 5 ways in which Iago plants suspicions in Othello’s mind.

Iago is a masterful manipulator, and Shakespeare includes more than five examples of Iago planting seeds of doubts in Othello’s mind, but below are five key suspicions. 1. To accomplish his goals,…

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  • TWILIGHT

Who sings the song when Edward is sucking the venom out of Bella?who is singing in the background…

When Edward is sucking the venom out of Bella, in Chapter 23, there are only two other people present, Alice and Carlyle. As Bella drifts in her “poisoned” state, she says she heard “the happiest…

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  • HAMLET

Why does Hamlet believe that altering “the murder of Gonzago” will provide proof of Claudius’s…

Shakespeare’s use of a play within a play reminds the reader of the much-used question “Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art?” In Hamlet’s case, he strives to have art imitate life in…

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  • THE TELL-TALE HEART

Based on “The Tell-Tale Heart,” why does Poe continue to have a hold on the American imagination?

Highly accomplished in fiction, poetry, and criticism, Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most distinguished American writers who has influenced other American writers for years. Turning the uses of…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In Lord of the Flies, Golding wrote: “Like a myriad of tiny teeth in a saw,the transparencies…

This passage is found in Chapter 4 in a description of the beach where Henry, one of the littluns, plays at the water’s edge. The “transparencies” are the tiny water creatures that come in with the…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

I am looking for information on The Great Gatsby and the underground pipeline (or Canadian…

The Great Gatsby is not really a great source for information about bootlegging or the market for Canadian whiskey in the united states during Prohibition. The main connection is really a rather…

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  • HEART OF DARKNESS

In Heart of Darkness, what does Marlow mean when he refers to Kurtz’s voice?

As Kurtz lies dying from his illness, he gives long speeches about his life and his opinions. His body can no longer perform his will, but his best talent — his eloquent speaking style — remains…

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  • CHARLES DARWIN

Explain Darwin’s theory of natural selection?

After intensive observations and study, English naturalist and biologist Charles Darwin argued that environmental pressures, such as changes in climate, the presence of predators, and competition…

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  • TONI MORRISON

What kind of standard was set for black girls in the 1940s?what was life like how were housholds…

Black girls at that time, depending on where they lived in the country, most likely lived in a religious home whether wealth was involved or not. A majority of black families practiced the…

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  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

What is the difference and similarity between Shakespeare and Greek tragedy?

Shakespeare’s earlier tragedies are considered to be exaggerated in the use of blood and gore (typical of the Greek tragedy “formula” and almost ritualistic advancement of plot reiterated in…

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  • MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD

How does Colonel Read clarify the problem for mother and Tim?

Sam has been arrested for stealing his own cattle. Mrs. Meeker doesn’t understand why General Putman won’t just let him go. Col. Read comes to the tavern and explains that Sam is in bad trouble…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In “Lord of the Flies”, chapter 5, aside, from the small, not too significant, decisions Ralph…

Ralph’s authority is brought into question when the little boys are sure there is a beast on the island or in the waters around the island. The terror of the possibility is making it difficult to…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In Lord of the Flies chapter 5, why is the beast from the water and ghosts introduced in this…

In Chapter 5 of “The Lord of the Flies,” Ralph feels the need to call for a meeting since responsibilities are being neglected. During this meeting, the boys discuss their fears. Phil, a littl’un…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

In “Fahrenheit 451” how does Bradbury characterize the women as disinterested and unfeeling and…

The best passage to look for the answer to this question is when Mildred has her lady friends over to watch the t.v. walls together. Their conversations reflect cold, shallow women who care mostly…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

What language manipulation causes the animals to give Napoleon the credit for all the good things…

In both Animal Farm and 1984 one of the central themes is language and its manipulation for the purposes of maintaining control. Throughout Animal Farm, the pigs increasingly twist and distort the…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

In “Fahrenheit 451”, what did Montag want from Faber?

Montag was frustrated and hopeless. He turned to Faber who he had remembered from a past encounter. When he went to Faber’s home, Faber didn’t want to let him in the apartment. Montag assures…

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  • SONG OF THE OPEN ROAD

I was reading “Song of the Open Road” by Walt Whitman and I completely did not understand the…

The poem conveys the narrator’s joy and delight in being on the open road, which translates into a love of freedom and the open spaces that being in the outdoors provides. He feels released from…

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  • HISTORY

Who was mainly responsible for the growth of the Roman Empire?

Julius Ceasar was the Roman general who made the Roman conquest of Gaul and Britain. That was probably the farthest away from the capital of Rome that the empire spread. Julius Ceasar probably…

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  • THE ROAD

I am looking for a key passage in the first half of the novel. Any suggestions?I am looking for…

This book has been given high praise for its chilling depiction of what our future might look like. In a stark conveyance devoid of sympathy for the faint of heart, Cormac McCarthy delivers…

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  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

What kind of motifs occur in the novel, especially at the beginning?

From the very first words of the novel (“It is a truth universally acknowledged…”) the motif of courtship is raised and continues to be a central motif throughout the rest of the novel. Clearly…

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  • EMMA

Where can we see the elements of “sense” and “sensibility” in “Emma” by Jane Austen?

Such a great question! Clearly, Austen had a lot to say on these topics because she titled a book that way – but the novel “Emma” proves that she had so much to say it couldn’t be just contained…

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  • A RAISIN IN THE SUN

What can be compared and contrasted in A Raisin in the Sun.

A compare/contrast may be done between characters in A Raisin in the Sun. For example, Walter and Beneatha both have dreams of rising above their current socioeconomic situation; however, each has…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What is meant by “star-cross’d?”?

star-cross’d means that the stars were not favorable to the lovers. At the time Shakespeare lived, any ill-fated venture was considered “not in the stars”. The romance between Romeo and Juliet was…

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  • GRANDFATHER

What important facts are shown about grandfather in the following lines of the poem…

These lines are significant in this poem because they alert us to the fact that he is blind, first of all, and second of all, that his blindness has not kept him from living and enjoying life. The…

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  • THE FOUNTAINHEAD

Why do the faculty members on each side evaluate Roark and his work so differently?

Howard Roark is dismissed from the institute of technology because he is an individual who loves his work and will not compromise when genius and the integrity of his work is questioned. The…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In the book Lord of the Flies, what does the reader learn about Jack when he slashed the green…

I generally agree with the answer already given. This episode with the candlebuds is the first time we see these three boys together, and their reactions to seeing this plant are indicators of…

 


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