How does Dickens use the Cratchits in A Christmas Carol?

How does Dickens use the Cratchits in A Christmas Carol?

  • AND OF CLAY ARE WE CREATED

Circle adjectives the narrator uses that indicate her feelings about the president and his…

There are several descriptions of the President that represent Allende’s disdain for the President’s lack of action to help his people. First of all, he is physically described as…

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

In “The Cask of Amontillado,” what diction is essential to the story?

In “The Cask of Amontillado,” the narrator Montresor’s well-developed vocabulary and formal diction helps to give us clues about his intelligence, likely one of the sources of his immense pride, as…

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  • WALK TWO MOONS

In Walk Two Moons, how does the setting impact the novel?

There are two separate stories in the novel: one takes place in Sal’s new home of Euclid, Ohio, and the other is on the road with her grandparents, traveling to Idaho. Sal makes it clear from the…

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  • THE REPORT CARD

Why does Nora purposely earn Ds for Stephen in Andrew Clements’ The Report Card? What are…

In Andrew Clements’ The Report Card, Nora intentionally earns Ds on her fifth-grade report card as a plan to boost Stephen’s self-esteem.Nora has always admired her best friend Stephen because,…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

In Animal Farm, how is Mr. Jones portrayed in the first chapter?

Mr. Jonas is portrayed as taking advantage of his animals. Manor Farm is not a very happy place for the animals. The farmer, Mr. Jones, is at best negligent and at worse abusive. He has a habit…

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  • THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

What was the conflict in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

The conflict in the book, The Boy with the Striped Pajamas, is that the boy’s father, the Nazi officer, has placed his family in a position that caused his actions to ruin his entire family and…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What are some passages found in chapters 1-5 of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird showing how…

Scout’s curiosity is revealed in Chapter 2 of To Kill a Mockingbird as she reflects on her excitement to finally be starting school. She says that she “never looked forward more to anything in…

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  • LITERATURE

What does the seventh couplet literally mean in the poem “The Secret Heart”?

“The Secret Heart” by Robert Peter Tristam Coffin is a tender, loving poem that speaks of a man’s best memory of his father, as the latter lit a match at night to see if his son was sleeping…

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  • THE PRINCE

How can I discuss reputation and honor by exploring the texts The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli…

Machiavelli claims that reputation is gained as a Prince by committing great deeds that keep the populace entertained. These great deeds show “proof of his capacity” as a Prince. Not only does the…

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  • SCIENCE

Has reproduction ever occurred in different species of animals?

Yes, reproduction can occur between members of different species. However, the offspring produced is sterile–this means that the offspring cannot themselves reproduce. This is, in fact, one of the…

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  • HISTORY

In your opinion, which U.S. President was least effective and why? Was their ineffectiveness…

In my opinion, President Hoover was the least effective president, and it was his fault because of his beliefs about the role of government in dealing with economic issues. Shortly after Hoover…

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  • EDUCATION

What can I learn in 10 minutes that will help me the most in high school?

There are two interlocking parts to an education. The first and most obvious is the passing of information from teacher to student (The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776)….

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  • THINGS FALL APART

What is one useful thing that makes Okonkwo’s father popular in Things Fall Apart?

I suppose the answer to this question regarding Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart depends upon your definition of the term useful. In that case, I’ll answer it in two ways: Unoka’s…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

How does Nick Carraway alter his identity throughout The Great Gatsby?

Nick Carraway is the narrator, and Gatsby’s story is told through Nick’s eyes. At the same time, readers can follow Nick’s character changes from the beginning of the story, when he is a young man…

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  • BUSINESS

What questions did Billy Bean seek to answer empirically when it came to player selection?

Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, was faced with the challenge of keeping his club relevant after new ownership had demanded that he cut payroll. This challenge caused him…

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  • SCIENCE

Where does starch digestion begin?

Starch digestion begins in the mouth. In the mouth, salivary glands secrete saliva. The saliva helps to moisten the food. The saliva also contains salivary amylase. Salivary amylase is an enzyme….

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  • THE WESTING GAME

What is Angela Wexler’s connection with Sam Westing in The Westing Game?

Angela Wexler is Sam Westing’s grand-niece and she looks like his daughter. Grace Wexler, Angela’s mother, claims that Sam Westing is her uncle. This makes sense, because Grace Wexler looks…

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  • HISTORY

Considering the havoc that European explorers and settlers inflicted on Native Americans,…

There are two ways to look at this statement. I will share thoughts on both sides of the issue so you can make a decision. We must assume that any life we would encounter on another planet would be…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

How can social media influence politics and elections in the twenty-first century? What is the…

At this point, we really do not know for certain how social media will influence politics and elections in this century. We can make some guesses, but we have not yet had very many elections…

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  • AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE

Why are the soldiers silent and motionless as the story begins?

This hanging is a solemn, formal occasion conducted in accordance with military protocol. Consequently the soldiers are under strict orders to remain at attention. The narrator explains the…

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  • SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY

I need help understanding Lillian Stewart’s poem in Spoon River Anthology.

Lillian Stewart introduces herself as “the daughter of Lambert Hutchins.” We know then, right away, that her life has been defined by him and his legacy. Lillian was “born in a cottage near the…

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  • MACBETH

What lesson did Fleance say that he learned from his father, Banquo, in the play Macbeth?

What lessons does Fleance learn from his father, Banquo, in Shakespeare’s Macbeth? Fleance only physically appears twice in the play, yet he plays an important role as future king of Scotland, if…

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  • THE GIVER

Why is sameness so important in Jonas’ community?

Sameness in The Giver is a means of controlling the people in a few ways. It is human to want to acquire more than you have, and if there are no choices of things to acquire, the temptation should…

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  • LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER

How does Roald Dahl convey the theme of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

One of the major themes of Roald Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter” is that appearances can be deceiving. The story opens on what appears to be a scene of domestic bliss. Mary Maloney is six…

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  • LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER

What do you think Patrick said to Mary for her to react the way she did? What evidence from the…

I would use direct quotes of Mary’s dialogue to illustrate what I think Patrick said to Mary about why he was tired of their marriage and wanted a divorce. Here are the quotes I would use. “Tired,…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What are the differences between Romeo and Juliet and Pyramus and Thisbe?

The main difference between the plays is that Pyramus and Thisbe’s parents hated each other, but there was no feud. It is a tale as old as time. Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy…

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  • HISTORY

How did Alexander the great help to spread Greek culture?

Alexander waged perhaps the most astonishing military campaign in history. From his ascension to the throne of Macedon in 336 BC to his death in 323, Alexander conquered most of the known world. As…

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  • SCIENCE

True or false: The nervous system provides a slow action control system.

Actually, that is a false statement. The nervous system is a very fast acting control system. In mammals, including humans, the nervous system is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves….

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  • BUD, NOT BUDDY

What did Bud save from his Momma?

Bud carries several items that belonged to his Momma in his suitcase throughout the novel. Every night before Bud goes to sleep in the Home he checks to make sure all the items are in his suitcase….

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  • BUSINESS

In what ways do barriers to interpersonal communication interfere with development of diversity…

Barriers to improving diversity competency through communication may arise through multiple channels. Barriers may exist because of cultural differences, training effectiveness for all employees,…

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  • THE CAY

In Theodore Taylor’s The Cay, why do Phillip and the people of Curaçao fear for their own safety…

The people on the island of Curaçao feared for their safety because, in February 1942, German U-boats torpedoed a large oil refinery on the island of Aruba, just next to Curaçao, as explained in…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Who are the 2016 presidential candidates and what are their strengths and weaknesses?

This question is actually a bit easier to answer today than it was a few weeks ago, because several of the candidates have dropped out. The Republican candidates who are still running are Donald…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What does Rev. Sykes suggest that Jem should do in chapter 17 of To Kill A Mockingbird?

Chapter 17 takes place right in the midst of the trial of Tom Robinson, which is one of the key episodes of To Kill A Mockingbird. Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, a black man who has been…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What theme would Scout portray in To Kill a Mockingbird?

There are several themes that the character of Scout portrays throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. One of the predominant themes of the novel deals with the importance of developing morals and ethics…

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  • THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL

How was Anne Frank not a hero?

Anne Frank was a victim of Nazi atrocities, but she serves as an inspiration to many. I recently heard an Auschwitz survivor speak. He was talking to a group of seventh and eighth graders. He said,…

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  • FREAK THE MIGHTY

What makes Gwen likable in Freak the mighty?

The main thing that makes Gwen likable in Freak the Mighty is that she continues to love, nurture, and stick with Kevin for his entire life. Keep in mind that Loretta tells us that Kevin’s dad…

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  • HARPER LEE

Who was Harper Lee and why is she important?

Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, and passed away on February 19, 2016. Lee was the author of two books—To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and Go Set a Watchman (2015). Both books are centered on…

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  • BUD, NOT BUDDY

What does the inside of the Sweet Pea restaurant look like?

The confusion of Bud’s announcement that Mr. Calloway is his father leaves the band members somewhat shocked. The band decides to take Bud to breakfast at the Sweet Pea restaurant so that everyone…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

Is world peace possible?

The world has undergone periods of relative peace, but absolute world peace, no. At times when the world has only one superpower, whether it is Rome, Britain, or the United States post-Cold War,…

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  • THE HUNGER GAMES

What’s an example of figurative language in Chapter 10 of The Hunger Games?

Katniss uses figurative language to describe her reaction to Peeta telling Caesar and the audience that he loves her. Figurative language is language that is not meant to be taken literally….

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Who will win the presidential election and why?

By this question, I assume you are asking about the process of determining who will win the 2016 presidential election and why. Each candidate will go through the primary process in his or her…

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  • THE SCARLET IBIS

How are Doodle and his brother similar in “The Scarlet Ibis”?

Doodle and his brother are both determined. Doodle and his brother are alike in that they do not give up. When Doodle was born, everyone was sure he would die. He was so small and sickly that…

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  • HISTORY

What were the similarities between Benito Mussolini and Joseph Stalin?

Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini differed greatly on how to manage the economy but were in complete agreement about how they should run their government: with complete control. Both leaders…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

What are the pros and cons of offering a free college education to American students?

I don’t think anyone would disagree that one of the best ways to build up our country is to build up the education level of our citizens. People with higher levels of education are better able to…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

What are the pros and cons of providing a free college education to American students?

The opportunity to obtain a college education is considered to be a valuable opportunity which gives people a chance to get a better job, make more money, and have a better life. However, for many…

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  • SCIENCE

What is the zika virus? Where did the zika virus come from? How is it being spread and how can…

According to the European Center for Disease and Prevention Control, the Zika virus is a Falviviridae. It is related to other flaviviruses such as West-Nile, dengue, and yellow fever. However, the…

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  • RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI

What examples of personification are there in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?

Animals are described as people throughout the story. The use of animals as characters fully acting like humans is known as anthropomorphism. It is basically a sophisticated form of…

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  • FRANKENSTEIN

How does Victor Frankenstein feel toward the monster he has created?

Immediately following the moment when the creature first comes to life, Victor’s dream of nearly two years, he says that “the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, how do the children react to Mayella’s testimony?

Scout pitied Mayella. She found Mayella to be ignorant, and she knew that she was poor. In fact, everyone in the Ewell family was poor. Scout seemed to be the most moved out of the three…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

How does Dickens use the Cratchits in A Christmas Carol?

Dickens uses the Cratchits in two primary ways within the text. The first is to establish that having money is not a prerequisite for being happy. While the Cratchits have little food for a…

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