• LITERATURE

• MATH

Two numbers have a sum of 13. Find the minimum of the sum of their squares.

Let x and y be the numbers. Adding the numbers yields 13: x+y = 13 The sum of the squares is x2+y2=Sx2+y2=S Write the sum of squares in terms of x. S(x)=x2+(13−x)2S(x)=x2+(13-x)2 Expanding the binomial…

• SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY

How does Byron use techniques such as simile, comparisons and alliteration to impact stanza one…

Poets use poetic techniques such as similes, metaphors and alliteration to increase the depth, profundity, mood and tone of the piece. Let’s take a look at the first stanza that you have…

• FRANKENSTEIN

How does Mary Shelley’s life link to the novel Frankenstein?

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein revealed her desire to answer those questions which are unanswerable. Why are we here? What is our purpose? And how is our experience worth while? Mary Shelley’s life…

• THE BEST OF O. HENRY

What is the summary of “The Princess and the Puma?”

In this tale, there is a very wealthy rancher that owns a lot of different property. He is referred to as “the king”, and has one daughter, Josefa, or “the princess”. There is a ranch-hand,…

• A RAISIN IN THE SUN

Mama is the matriarch of the family and critics suggest she is the strongest woman in the play….

Mama certainly believes she is the head of the family,especially at the beginning of the play. When Beneatha expresses her idea that there is no God, Mama slaps Beneatha, and makes her recant her…

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Relate the different impressions the children have of Boo Radley from the beginning of the story…

Throughout the story Boo Radley changes from a monster to a person. Most of this change is gradual. In the beginning, the children play games making fun of him. Then they find treats in the…

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, what are the major differences between Aunt Alexandra and Miss Maudie?

Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra are both well developed characters in the novel. As Jem and Scout’s neighbor, Maudie plays an important role in their lives. She is a compassionate and understanding…

• A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Sight and JudgmentWhat is the relationship between sight and judgment in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

What you see in this play isn’t always what the reality is…remember that there is much “magic” and foul play. Puck puts the flower juice on the human’s eyes, Titania’s eyes are anointed by…

• A RAISIN IN THE SUN

What was Hansberry trying to convey to the audience in A Raisin in the Sun?Basically, what was…

Your question makes reference to the themes of this play, and in my opinion there are there main themes: the dreams that the family have, the fight against racial discrimination and lastly the…

• JULIUS CAESAR

In “Julius Caesar”, how important are ideas of being “honourable” and “noble” in the play?

Very. Part of the society that Shakespeare depicts is one in which men are obsessed with being thought of as honourable and noble – sometimes more so than being honourable and noble. Cassius is the…

• NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE

What connections between education and freedom does Douglass make in his narrative?

A great section of this text to examine is Chapter VI, when the narrator describes his initial experiene of being taught how to read by Mrs. Auld, his new mistress. This continues until Mr. Auld…

• GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Between chapters 1-39 (Volume One and Two), how has Mr. Pumblechook made an impact on Pip’s life…

Pumblechook most likely annoyed Pip from the very beginning of his life. His sister Mrs. Joe always doted on “Uncle P” and went out of her way to entertain him during the holidays. Although he…

• OF MICE AND MEN

In the book “Of Mice and Men”, besides the dog and Curley’s wife what else died that day in the…

Curley’s wife and her dog are the only two that died in the barn on that day but it was because of the actions that Lennie took in the barn that caused him to die later on that day. Therefore,…

• ANIMAL FARM

In what way is animal farm becoming a civilized society?

It starts small, with the animals learning how to speak and revolting against the Farmer. Then they develop organized committees and unspoken leadership. Then they begin to develop rules and…

• MACBETH

In Act 1, Scene 7, how does Lady Macbeth respond to Macbeth’s decision and how does she…

In the lines “Was the hope drunkWherein you dress’d yourself? hath it slept since?And wakes it now, to look so green and paleAt what it did so freely?” Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth by…

• LORD OF THE FLIES

In Lord of the Flies, why is Ralph so upset with Jack and the hunters when they come back with…

Although they have brought back meat, they have let the fire (the signal fire) go out. When Ralph, Piggy and Simon reach the mountain where the fire should be still smoking, the fire is completely…

• PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

In “Pride and Prejudice” Darcy refuses to dance with Elizabeth. At the next ball it is the…

Both Darcy and Elizabeth, at these separate balls, have given in to their negative perceptions about the other person, and have revealed their main character flaws that will keep them apart for so…

• HISTORY

Were Nationalism and Imperialism the main causes for WWI?

Nationalism and imperialism were two of the causes. Europe’s major powers were trying to protect themselves and they distrusted one another, so they were continually shifting alliances. At the…

• WALDEN

What would be the advantages and disadvantages of spending two solitary years in a natural…

Advantages: Many of the advantages are discussed in Thoreau’s book “Walden”. He feels closer to God, to nature, and learns just how much of the stuff of life is “frittered away by detail” and…

• ROMAN FEVER

By what characterizing devices does the author imply the superiority of Mrs. Slade?

Grace Ansley is an upper class wealthy widow who has led a comfortable, quiet life with her husband. According to Mrs. Slade, Mrs. Ansley’s life was boring compared to hers. Alida Slade is a…

• HISTORY

How does Social Security Act of 1935 compare to Mankiw’s Principles?

F.D.R.’s New Deal sought to address the economic crisis of the Great Depression through massive Congressional legislation. The Social Security Act of 1935 was passed in an effort to protect older…

• FAHRENHEIT 451

In “Fahrenheit 451” why are the characters on television called “the family”?

It is Montag that jokingly calls Mildred’s t.v. walls the family. The book states that “he had taken to calling them relatives from the very first.” This naming that Montag gives them is a very…

• LORD OF THE FLIES

What comparison can be made between the boys and the naval squadron?

In “Lord of the Flies” the naval officer who has landed on the island in order to investigate the fire acts as a “deus ex machina” (a device for unraveling the plot and saving the hero). When he…

• ASTRONOMY

How do stars form?

Stars begin as a nebula, a cloud of gas and dust. As the nebula begins to contract or condense, it heats up and starts to burn. Usually, the first stage is a “main sequence” star which is fueled…

• OF MICE AND MEN

Comment on the poetic quality of the paragraph below. What do u think about Steinbeck’s writing…

The passage is beautifully reflective of a tragic moment in the book, it shows the depth of reality that Steinbeck injects into his writing. He makes you feel the pain here, the reader knows that…

• CATHEDRAL

How does the blind man, Robert, give the narrator new vision in Carver’s “Cathedral”?

Originally, the narrator had made several botched attempts at explaining to Robert what exactly cathedrals looked like. Frustrated he gives up and says, ““You’ll have to forgive me…It just…

• OLIVER TWIST

How does Charles Dickens represent marriage in Oliver Twist?

There are two prominent depictions of marriage that Dickens draws in Oliver Twist The first is that marriage is necessary between young people who act so as to bring a baby into the world. This is…

• THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER

What is “The Chimney Sweeper” about?

The Chimney Sweeper from the Songs of Innocence is very different from the one from the Songs of Experience. The first link summarizes the Innocence poem. It is about a little boy who has been…

• MACBETH

Why doesn’t Macbeth put on his armor before he goes into battle?

Macbeth doesn’t put on his armour before battle because the witches have told him that “none of woman born” can harm him. He therefore thinks he is invincible – and why would he need armour? Your…

• THE CRUCIBLE

How does Miller dramatize ideological conflict in The Crucible?

Miller mainly relies upon the characters of John Proctor, Rev. Parris, and the judges to illustrate the ideological conflict present in the town of Salem. Unfortunately, the conflict has not truly…

• PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

In “Pride and Prejudice” what is the significance of the following comment by Charlotte…

Charlotte’s comment functions to show both a common attitude towards social class at the time “Pride and Prejudice” was written. Unlike Elizabeth, Charlotte accepts the status quo of the social…

• CHEMISTRY

What happens to a substance when it melts and freezes?i don’t know what will happen

The most obvious thing that will happen is that there will be a change of state, from liquid to solid at the melting/freezing point (they are really the same thing–the temperature at which this…

• MATH

A is planting flower seeds in flower pots. If she plants 144 seeds and she plants six seeds in…

There are a total of 144 seeds, and each pot has 6 seeds, so this is a division problem: 144/6 = 24 She uses 24 pots.

• PAUL’S CASE

How does modernism tie into “Paul’s Case”? Is modernism Cather’s style of writing? I am…

By your statement of contrast “on modernism in ‘Paul’s Case’ versus the lost generation in ‘Babylon Revisited,'” are you suggesting that you wish to contrast the character of Paul as a Modernist…

• THE HOBBIT

In The Hobbit, after the attack of the spiders, how do the dwarves’ attitude toward Bilbo change?

Prior to Bilbo’s saving the dwarves from the spiders, the dwarves view Bilbo in a very condescending way. They accept him as a travelling companion only because Gandalf has told them that they…

• CHEMISTRY

What happens to a substance when it freezes and melts?

Freezing and melting are the same process and occur at the same point in temperature; whether the temperature is lowering or rising determines if something is freezing or melting. What’s curious…

• SCIENCE

Has there been any information on how scarlet fever could be used or has been used as a…

Scarlet fever occurs periodically after a person has strep. throat. The microorganism that causes strep. throat is a streptococcal bacteria, the disorder is called streptococcal pharyngitis. This…

• SOCIAL SCIENCES

please arrange these in order on what should go first in order to establish a stable…

What an interesting question! For starters, people would need some sort of shelter, so I’d say architecture would have to be first. Next I’d go with civil engineering so that there would some sort…

• REFERENCE

What is a prioress?

A prioress is the religious superior in a convent. Generally, the term is used for members of monastic congregations that have papal rather than episcopal approval and in which the members take…

• NIGHT

To what camp were the prisoners marched in Night?This answer should be somewhere in pages 21-43.

In the section of the book to which you are refering, the prisoners are marched into the camp at Auschwitz. Eleazer and his family are transported from Sighet by freight train to Birkenau, which is…

• OF MICE AND MEN

How is Curley’s wife’s behavior in the presence of the farm men similar to Brittney Spear’s…

I think the lyrics of Spears song are a sad commentary on what Curley’s wife wanted to be but never achieved. Spears sings: I’m a put-on the-show kind of girl/Don’t like the backseat, gotta be…

• ROMEO AND JULIET

In Act IV Scene iii, how does Juliet show herself to be a vulnerable character in her soliloquy?…

She is about to fake her own death. There are many things that go through her head right now. What if the potion doesn’t work? Will she have to go through with the wedding to Paris? What if the…

• HISTORY

What is the Civil Rights Act?

In 1964 Congress passed the Civil Rights Act (of 1964). Since that time I believe this has been expanded to include other areas and circumstances. In the initial Civil Rights Act however, the…

• IN THE REGION OF ICE

In Oates’ short story, “In the Region of Ice,” what elements helped to prepare the reader for…

I think that Oates uses a sense of style to convey to the reader that Allen’s fate is not going to be a happy one. The constant battle between Allen’s excessively emotional frame of reference and…

• HISTORY

Literature and Philosophy in Modern European History StudyWhat material would you consider…

I teach in a classical school. Our modern history students read at least excerpts from John Locke, Two Treatises of Government, and Edmund Burke, Reflections on the French Revolution. We choose…

• ROMEO AND JULIET

In “Romeo and Juliet”, how would you characterize Juliet based just on Act One?Please give three…

The first word that can be used to characterize Juliet in Act 1 would be strong-willed. In Act 1, scene 3 she is in her room with her mother and the Nurse. Her mother is asking Juliet about…

• GUY DE MAUPASSANT

The Jewelry by be Guy de Maupassant How are these expectations or fears allayed in the next…

In the moment we realize that M. Lantin has been duped, so to speak, by the wife he so loved, we have sympathy for him. He’s in an embarrassing situation–having others know he’s been cuckolded by…

• HISTORY

Where is Christopher Columbus buried?

This is an interesting question, a real mystery that stills needs solving. Officially, Christopher Columbus’s remains are buried in the cathedral of Seville, in Spain. However, in his will,…