How is Curley’s wife described as lonely in Of Mice and Men?

How is Curley’s wife described as lonely in Of Mice and Men?

  • CHARLES

How does Shirley Jackson set the tone in her narrative, “Charles?”

Jackson wrote the story “Charles” in a light and humorous, yet somewhat reflective, tone. The very first paragraph includes phrases describing the mother of the story reflecting on the way that she…

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  • SCIENCE

How does a paleontologist used geological principles for the relative dating of fossils?

Relative dating tries to determine the relative order of past events without determining absolute age. Therefore, relative dating does not use radioactive decay or half-life in order to determine…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

What is the national debt and the complexities surrounding it? 1 image

It is simple enough to tell you what the national debt is, but it is not possible to know what complexities your professor has discussed in class or what sorts of essay questions he might ask about…

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  • SCIENCE

What is a rain shadow desert and what causes it?

A rain shadow desert is exactly what it sounds like, a desert formed in the shadow of rain. The problem is, the rain is going somewhere else, like the side of a mountain, while the desert side of…

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  • THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, why is Holden always negative?

Other than the fact that Holden must have depression and anxiety issues, he has a traumatic past. At age 13, Holden loses his 11 year-old brother Allie to leukemia. And this wasn’t just a loss of a…

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  • SCIENCE

What might happen to a population of rabbits in a forest, if a new predator moved to the forest?

If a new predator moved into the region, it would predate on rabbits and result in decreased rabbit population. This would cause a change in the dynamics of the forest. With a new predator in the…

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  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

How do Don Pedro, Leonato, and Claudio trick Benedick into loving Beatrice?

In Act II, Scene 3, of Much Ado About Nothing, Don Pedro, Claudio, and Leonato successfully “trick” Benedick into falling in love with Beatrice. Benedick has “railed so long against…

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  • THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND

Where did Kit live before going on this journey in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

Kit lived in Barbados before moving to Wethersfield. After Kit’s mother and father died, she was raised by her grandfather in Barbados. Barbados was at the time a British colony in the…

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  • LYDDIE

Did Mattie Worthen (Lyddie’s mother) make the correct decision by hiring out Lyddie and Charlie?

Although Lyddie and Charlie are devastated that they must leave their home and be separated from each other, Mrs. Worthen acted appropriately in hiring them out. Due to her mental illness, their…

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  • HISTORY

Why were raw materials necessary in the industrialization process?

Raw materials were needed during the Industrial Revolution. Raw materials are used to make the finished products made in the factories. Raw materials could be a resource like coal that could be…

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  • HEALTH

What is health? How do I explain health in simple words?

Health can be defined as a person’s overall wellbeing or when a person does not have any injuries or illnesses. Health can be related to both emotional and physical injuries or ailments. The…

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  • MACBETH

What changes in Scotland after Macbeth dies?

We can only infer the answer to this question, but the text does offer us quite a few clues. We know that Macbeth is known as a “tyrant” and that his formerly loyal men are running away from him….

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  • THE FREEDOM WRITERS DIARY

In The Freedom Writers Diary, how do the students change over the span of four years?

Eva changes throughout the story by going from a naive, frightened young girl to a thoughtful, confident young woman. In the earlier years of her life, she saw her father rousted by police and…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

What are 3 similarities between Bob Ewell and Beatty?

The character Bob Ewell, from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, shares similarities with the character Beatty, from the novel Fahrenheit 451. Both characters play the role of the antagonist in their…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

How is Simon’s death ironic in the novel Lord of the Flies?

In the novel Lord of the Flies, Simon’s death is ironic because he was attempting to tell the other boys that the beast did not exist, but the boys mistook him for the beast. This is a classic…

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  • MACBETH

What is the role of the three witches in Macbeth?

In the play Macbeth, the three witches (or the weird sisters) are supernatural elements who are harbingers of fate and destiny. The witches are the first characters introduced to the audience, and…

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  • HISTORY

How is the Nile River different from the Tigris River?

The Nile and Tigris River very both very important to the early civilizations of their geographical regions. The Nile River supported farming and trade for the Ancient Egyptians while the Tigris…

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  • THE GIVER

How does the setting (time and place), impact the plot in The Giver?

The setting of this book has significant impact on the plot because it is the setting that helps to control the community. The community is very isolated from the rest of the world, which they call…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What would be a good way to create an advertisement for Romeo and Juliet, using only the…

I like the idea of a sword advertisement! Familiarize yourself with the rapier and dagger most of the Italians were fighting with, and the various ways they used these weapons. They all used the…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, how does Atticus show compassion toward Tom Robinson?

Atticus shows compassion toward Tom Robinson in two primary ways. First, by taking his case. Yes, the case was assigned by Judge Avery (although court-appointed defenses were usually assigned to…

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  • CHARLES

What is the lesson of the story “Charles” by Shirley Jackson?

When referring to a lesson in a piece of literature, one usually means the moral or message an author attempts to get across to the reader. In the story “Charles” by Shirley Jackson, the lesson of…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Describe Scrooge’s nephew, Fred.

Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, is a cheerful young man and his only living relative mentioned in the story. Fred is the son of Scrooge’s much younger sister, Fan. Fan passed away as a young woman….

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  • A ROSE FOR EMILY

How can I write an introduction for “A Rose for Emily”?

The best way to write an introduction to “A Rose for Emily” is by explaining the setting and the problem of the story as it relates to the main character. Do not add too much detail to an…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

What was Ebenezer Scrooge’s job in A Christmas Carol?

Ebenezer Scrooge was a banker. The reason Ebenezer Scrooge was so rich was that he made his living lending other people money and charging interest. He worked in a counting house, and he owned the…

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  • ANTIGONE

The Greeks valued free will, but how did that work out in Antigone? Given what each character…

Before I give you my thoughts on this question, I want to discuss the idea of free will for a moment. Free will is a trickier concept than it seems. Consider, for example, a question that has…

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  • HISTORY

What was the impact of Fascism and Nazism on the world?

The Fascist government of Italy under Benito Mussolini and the Nazi government of Germany under Adolf Hitler were dangerous to the world because they were inherently aggressive. Both men (though…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

How does the media represent Oscar Pistorius in analysing the case? Is he represented as a…

Definitely the latter. In today’s media, the concept of innocence until guilt is proven is sometimes forgotten. I doubt that has always been the case. I believe the tipping point between merely…

  • THE PEARL

What character changed the most throught the novella The Pearl

The main protagonist, Kino, changed significantly throughout the story. In the beginning, Kino is content with his lot. He may be living in comparative poverty, but he is happy with his wife and…

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  • THE GIVER

In the book “The Giver”, what is the significance of rules in Jonas’ Community? Why is breaking…

Rules are used to maintain conformity in the community, but it is very hard to change a rule. The reason there are so many rules in Jonas’s community is that they are used to maintain social…

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  • NUMBER THE STARS

Explain Annemarie’s joke about the butter.

Annemarie and her mama are uneasy and nervous because of the plans to help the Rosen family escape. Mama tells Annemarie that Uncle Henrik has saved a small amount of butter for them. Annemarie…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

How does Steinbeck use language and objects to present Crooks?

Crooks’ possessions tell us a lot about him. In Chapter 4, we see the inside of his room, which he has all to himself because he is a permanent fixture of the farm, as opposed to the rest, most of…

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  • HISTORY

How did the Great Depression in America affect the economies of Europe?

The Great Depression was a global event, and many historians (and some observers at the time) located many of its origins in Europe. It is not as simple as saying that the Depression began in the…

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  • THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

What perspective is The Old Man and Sea narrated from?

The Old Man and the Sea is narrated in third person, but the narrator focuses primarily on the thoughts and actions of the old man, Santiago. One of the first things we learn about him is his…

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  • HISTORY

What methods were used by Napoleon to dominate Europe?

Born in 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte became the Emperor of the French in 1804 until 1814 and again in 1815. In his conquests, Napoleon used military power to overcome various countries in Europe and…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

In The Crucible, why does John Proctor dislike himself?

The main reason John Proctor dislikes himself is because of the affair he had with Abigail. He feels the shame and embarrassment of a man who knows he has lost his wife’s trust. During a time…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

In The Great Gatsby, what excuse does Myrtle use to see Tom?

In Chapter 2, when Myrtle agrees to see Tom, Nick asks him if George (Myrtle’s husband) ever objects to Myrtle going out. Tom explains that Myrtle tells George she is going to visit her sister in…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What are Jem’s rules for Scout at school? Chapter 2 To Kill a Mockingbird?

Jem’s rules for school that he gives Scout in Chapter 2 are essentially that Scout does not have to learn much out of books. Miss Caroline is an adherent to the “Dewey Decimal System” according to…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

In The Great Gatsby, what excuse does the mistress use to see Tom?

In chapter 2, Fitzgerald writes that the mistress, Myrtle, tells her husband, George Wilson, that she is visiting her sister, Catherine, in New York City when she is actually meeting up with Tom…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

Using embedded quotes, show how Shakespeare presents Romeo’s love in Act 5, Scene 3.

In Act Five, Scene Three of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare presents Romeo’s love as undying, even in the face of death. At the beginning of this scene, Romeo has returned to Verona with a vial of…

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  • BUSINESS

Who is a leader?

As described in a top-leader overview by David K. Williams published in Forbes in 2012, a leader is a person who shows specific—yet varying—characteristics. These characteristics include, among…

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  • A FAREWELL TO ARMS

What is the symbolism of the ants that are consumed by fire as Henry turns the burning log?

In Chapter 41, the final chapter, Henry remembers seeing ants on a burning log right after he hears the devastating news that his child has been delivered stillborn. He meditates on the…

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  • A MODEST PROPOSAL

What are the grotesque elements of “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift?

In literature, the “grotesque” refers to that which invokes a feeling of uncomfortable bizarreness as well as sympathetic pity. It is used to describe anything that is strange, ugly, unpleasant, or…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

What were the various reasons that the boys gave for fighting?

In Chapter 9, Ponyboy begins to ask the boys in his gang the reasons why they like to fight before they square off against the Socs in the big rumble. Each of the boys names different reasons for…

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  • THE GIVER

In The Giver, whose memories does The Giver hold?

The Giver has all of the memories of the community and all of the memories that the world has ever had. When Jonas first learns that he has been chosen as the Receiver of Memory, he has no idea…

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  • PERSUASION

How are social mobility and class rigidity portrayed in Persuasion by Jane Austen?

The central conflict of the novel has to do with Anne Elliott’s decision to reject the marriage proposal of Captain Wentworth, despite being in love with him. She is persuaded to do so because…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

What are Scrooge’s goals in The Christmas Carol?

Ebenezer Scrooge’s goals changed over the course of the story. In the beginning, Scrooge’s primary goal is to make as much money as possible. Driven by this goal, Scrooge sacrifices everything…

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  • COMMON SENSE

Why was Common Sense important?

Common Sense articulated in clear, lucid prose the reasons why the colonies ought to declare independence from Great Britain. Published in early 1776, Common Sense was written at a time when an…

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  • THE KITE RUNNER

What are the differences and similarities between Ali’s adoption and Sohrab’s adoption in Khaled…

There are several similarities and differences between Ali and Sohrab’s adoptions throughout the novel The Kite Runner. Both Ali and Sohrab’s parents were killed, making both characters orphans at…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

How is Curley’s wife described as lonely in Of Mice and Men?

Curley’s wife (who is never given a name) is constantly searching for her husband. They are never in the same place until she is dead. The fact that Curley is always looking for her too is an…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

In The Crucible, when Mary Warren tries to tell the court the truth, what happens?

The girls accuse Mary Warren of sending an icy wind. Abigail begins the accusation, saying that “A wind, a cold wind, has come,” and she turns her eyes upon Mary, hugging herself as if to stay…

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