How many sentences are in the poem “Apparently with no surprise”?

How many sentences are in the poem “Apparently with no surprise”?

  • DEATH OF A SALESMAN

What are the values of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman?

In Death of a Salesman, Willy values financial success, talent, and popularity. Throughout the play, he continually makes references to the great wealth that his brother Ben procured when he…

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  • A WRINKLE IN TIME

What details from the book help readers to infer that Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which are…

Readers of A Wrinkle in Time are given many clues that these three characters are anything but ordinary. Let us look at the details about each character in order to show how they are definitely…

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  • FREAK THE MIGHTY

What is the overall theme of Freak the Mighty?

The overall theme of Freak the Mighty is friendship: specifically the inspiring friendship of Kevin and Max. Through this friendship, the two characters overcome their limitations in different…

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  • THE TELL-TALE HEART

Why does the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart” think that he is not mad?

The narrator in The Tell-Tale Heart claims that he is not mad because of his actions, which he claims were too well thought out to be done by a mad person. He starts off by saying that he has a…

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  • THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

What is Holmes’ plan to trap the murderer? What is the outcome?

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tale The Hound of the Baskervilles, Mr. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. John Watson have been enlisted to help one Sir Henry Baskervilles. Sir Henry’s family seems…

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  • LITERATURE

If the main character in a story struggles against the sub-zero cold of the Arctic, what kind of…

Three of the most basic conflicts in fiction are man against man, man against nature, and man against self. In a story about a man struggling against the sub-zero cold in the Arctic, the conflict…

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  • HARRISON BERGERON

Describe the state of future society as described in the first paragraph of “Harrison Bergeron.”…

The first paragraph describes a society where all individuals show equal levels of intelligence, ability, and physical attractiveness. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

What are some examples of how Reverend Parris is stubborn?

Reverend Parris displays his stubbornness in Act One when he argues with John Proctor and Giles Corey about his salary. He claims that his contract says that he will be provided with firewood, and…

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  • BEOWULF

How does Beowulf defeat the dragon?

Many years after Beowulf defeated Grendel and his mother, a dragon comes to Geatland and begins terrorizing its inhabitants. Despite his advanced age, King Beowulf decides to face the dragon….

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  • THE BOOK THIEF

In The Book Thief, how does Liesel steal? Who helps her? What role do they play in stealing the…

It is Death, our narrator, who names Liesel the “book thief.” In reality, Liesel does not steal very much at all. However, she does “take” books, and there are people who “help” her do…

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  • HAMLET

How do the characters of Hamlet and Claudius compare and contrast with one another in…

Hamlet is indecisive, while Claudius is quite decisive. We can have no idea how long it took for Claudius to work up the nerve to kill his brother, but judging by the very short amount of time it…

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  • THE CANTERBURY TALES

What is the purpose of the “Pardoner’s Tale?”

The purpose of the “Pardoner’s Tale” is to show greed and corruption within the church. To understand this, one has to be sure to read the prologue to the tale, which gives us real insight into…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

Why is Lennie in Of Mice and Men lonely?

Lennie is lonely in the novella for two reasons. First, very few people understand him. He is mentally challenged and so people do not know how to interact with him. So, people just ignore him and…

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  • A DOLL’S HOUSE

Why is Nora “pale with terror” at the end of Act I of A Doll’s House?

Nora is “pale with terror” at the end of act 1 because she is terrified at the prospect of Krogstad telling Helmer about the financial transaction that Nora and Krogstad agreed upon. This is…

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  • LITERATURE

Who is the main character in The Speckled Band?

There are several major characters in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Adventure of the Speckled Band, including Mr. Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson, Miss Helen Stoner, and Dr. Grimesby Roylott. I would…

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  • WALT WHITMAN

In the poem “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walter Whitman why is Abraham Lincoln referred to as the…

This poem by Walt Whitman was written upon the death of Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated on April 14, 1865, a scant five days after the official end of the Civil War on April 9, 1865. Lincoln…

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  • THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND

What are Kit’s feelings about the first snowfall?

Kit is conflicted in her feelings about snow. Her heart quickly flips from like to dislike and back again. When she first sees the snow outside dusting the landscape, she is excited by it and…

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  • THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

In Catcher in the Rye, what points could be used to explore Holden’s ambivalence towards movies…

“If there is one thing I hate it’s the movies. Don’t even get me started.” –Holden This quote by Holden shows the hatred Holden has for the movies even though J. D. Salinger uses movies as a…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

What is the significance of castle rock in The Lord of the Flies?

The so-called “castle rock” becomes a place for the hunters and serves as a stark contrast to the softer, smoother part of the island where the boys first congregate. Though the first discussion of…

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  • RELIGION

How old is Jesus?

This is a deceptively simple question. Jesus, as one of the Christian trinity, is without age. He always existed, even before the worlds were made, and will exist forever. Even if we look at his…

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  • OKAY FOR NOW

What are Doug’s worries in Gary Schmidt’s Okay for Now?

Doug faces a lot of worries throughout Gary Schmidt’s Okay for Now. These worries concern his home life, school life, and daily personal life.At home, Doug has to worry about facing his father’s…

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  • HEART OF DARKNESS

What might be a good article about colonialism and racism in Heart of Darkness?

There are certainly many articles on colonialism and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness that can be tracked down via library databases and even Google Scholar. Published in PN Review in 2014, Chris…

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  • MACBETH

Why does the gentlewoman refuse to report after her?

In Act 5, Scene 1, we see a disturbing behavior of Lady Macbeth. She has completely succumbed to madness. During her sleepwalking, she mentions horrific details regarding King Duncan’s murder as a…

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  • THE CANTERVILLE GHOST

Explain how “The Canterville Ghost” is a comico-horror story.

“The Canterville Ghost” is described as a comico-horror story because it has elements which both amuse and scare the reader. Beginning with comedy, there are a number of humorous elements in the…

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  • TO BUILD A FIRE

Whose intuition is better, the man’s or the dog’s?

The ending of the story proves that the dog’s instincts were superior to the man’s reasoning. The man freezes to death in the snow, having made a complete debacle of his journey across the…

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  • THE RAVEN

When does “The Raven” take place?

“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe was originally published in January 1845. There is no date mentioned in the poem, but the setting appears consistent with one contemporary with the date of…

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  • THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

Why did the general create this “new game” in the story “The Most Dangerous Game?”

The general is a madman. The reason why he created the new “animal” to hunt is out of sheer boredom. According to the general, he hunted far and wide, and there was no animal that could stand up…

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  • THE VOYAGES OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

What were the voyages of Christopher Columbus?

Christopher Columbus, born in 1450 or 1451 in Italy, served on a merchant ship since he was a teenager and studied mathematics, astronomy, cartography and navigation at university. At that time,…

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  • KINDRED

Why does Rufus sell Sam?

In the novel Kindred, we meet Dana, the main character, and some of her ancestors, including Alice and Rufus. Throughout the novel, Dana returns to 1800’s Maryland to save Rufus from various near…

  • KING LEAR

What is the significance of Act I, Scene One, and Act I, Scene Two of King Lear?

Both scenes introduce essential plot elements to King Lear. The opening scene is especially important, as it sets up the entire play. King Lear gathers members of his court to divide his kingdom…

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  • SALEM WITCH TRIALS

What social changes lay behind the Salem witch trials?

Salem and several nearby communities were founded as Puritan settlements by those seeking freedom from religious persecution in Europe. Puritans were a very plain, strict Christian denomination…

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  • THE PEARL

Explain what happened when the pearl divers of the area attempted to market their pearls…

There is a scam in the pearl business in this village. The pearl buyers are not independent, looking to gain a decent profit. They are the employees of a main merchant who pays them a salary for…

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  • THE HIDING PLACE

In The Hiding Place, who lives to be older, Corrie or Betsie?

The Hiding Place is the real life story of Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch woman whose efforts in the Dutch Underground, along with those of her family, to help the Jews escape Nazi persecution in…

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  • A DOLL’S HOUSE

Describe Nora’s role as a woman in A Doll’s House.

Nora’s role in the household is well-defined, at least from Helmer’s point of view. According to her husband, Nora is supposed to look after the children, give instructions to the hired help, and…

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  • THE VELDT

In “The Veldt”, why did Bradbury choose the setting of Africa?

Bradbury probably chose the African setting for a few specific reasons, but I don’t think any of them required that Africa be the one and only possible setting for the story. First, the lions serve…

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  • A DOLL’S HOUSE

Describe Nora as a woman, mother and a wife in A Doll’s House.

As a wife, Nora Helmer is extremely complaisant. She goes out of her way to please her husband, to the point of acting in a way that does not entirely concur with the way that she sees herself….

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  • ALL SUMMER IN A DAY

What are quotes to support the theme of the story All Summer in a Day?

A literary theme could be described as the big, usually abstract idea that the reader interprets from the text. Some of these themes include loneliness, conflict, happiness, resiliency,…

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  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

In Much Ado About Nothing, how was Hero’s innocence proved?

Hero’s innocence is eventually uncovered by the very silly Constable Dogberry. Before there is any proof, Friar Francis and Hero’s cousin Beatrice are convinced that she is not guilty of being…

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  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

What are the characteristics of Don John in Much Ado About Nothing?

Don John is the prince Don Pedro’s illegitimate half-brother. When the play begins, the brothers have only recently reconciled. Don John is a surly and quiet fellow. He describes himself as being…

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  • TWILIGHT

What is the exposition of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer?

The plot of any story begins with the exposition where we learn about both the setting and the characters. In the case of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, we learn all about Bella Swan and Edward…

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  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

What are the qualities of Egeus?

Egeus is represented as the source of conflict that creates the action by the lovers that sparks the movement of the play. He represents authority, life lived by strict rules, and the idea of…

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

What does this mean? “Here I knocked off the neck of a bottle which I drew from a long row of…

Montresor means that he broke off the neck of a wine bottle because he apparently did not have a corkscrew with which to open it. Fortunato drank straight from the bottle. This is a dangerous way…

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  • LITERATURE

What is a soliloquy? Where would you use it in a piece of writing? Why would you use it?

A soliloquy is what we call a speech where a character essentially talks to themselves, or nobody in particular. A soliloquy is used to develop and express a character’s inner thoughts and feelings…

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  • THE GIVER

What was the significance of the bicycles that were given to nine-year-old children in The Giver?

In the book The Giver, there is a new event or privilege at each age ceremony. Some of these include having buttons on the back of one’s coat or receiving a bicycle. At the age of nine children…

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  • AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE

What are the themes of the story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”?

Because Peyton Farquhar believes that “all is fair in […] war,” he behaves in a manner that proves it, and he is hanged for this behaviors, readers can come to the conclusion that such a belief…

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  • THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

In “The Road Not Taken,” the speaker writes in his diary the night he makes his decision. Write…

Dear Diary, Today, I was offered a promotion. It sounds tempting, but I quite like my current job, colleagues, and where I live. I’ll have to move to another city if I accept the promotion, but it…

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  • A ROSE FOR EMILY

Discuss the factors that drive miss Emily insane in “A Rose for Emily”?

Emily is plagued by a diversity of factors that render her prone to an unsuitable connection with the rest of the world. As with everything, it all starts at birth and continues throughout…

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  • RAYMOND’S RUN

In Toni Cade Bambara’s short story, “Raymond’s Run, why does Squeaky dislike Cynthia Procter?

Squeaky, in “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara, works hard for everything she gets. She practices her running skills and works on keeping herself in shape even if it embarrasses her mother….

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  • CONTENTS OF THE DEAD MAN’S POCKET

Why does Tom permit himself to look down in “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket?”

I wonder if you have entered your entire question. The reason I wonder is because, In “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket,” Tom does not actually permit himself to look down. The narrator…

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  • APPARENTLY WITH NO SURPRISE

How many sentences are in the poem “Apparently with no surprise”?

Technically, there is only one sentence in “Apparently with no surprise.” There is no punctuation to clearly indicate a sentence break until the very end, where the poem finishes with a period….

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