In “By the Waters of Babylon,” what does John describe in the apartment?

In “By the Waters of Babylon,” what does John describe in the apartment?

  • RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI

What human weaknesses are shown in the animal characters in “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”?

Rudyard Kipling’s ability to create animals with human characteristics is an essential part of the appeal of “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.” Rikki displays admirable character qualities, but several of the…

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  • THE ONES WHO WALK AWAY FROM OMELAS

My teacher asked me to tell her a time I walked away from Omelas. Does that mean I walked away…

In responding to the prompt about a time when you walked away from Omleas, I think you should think about a time when you turned away from a “happy” situation because you knew of the unhappiness it…

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  • HISTORY

Can you explain to me the effects of colonialism on Ireland?

Colonialism has had many negative effects on Ireland since the Anglo-Norman conquest in the twelfth century when English barons grabbed lands in an area including Dublin and its surroundings known…

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  • THE SONG OF ROLAND

What makes Roland change his mind and follow Oliver’s advice?

The point at which Roland changes his mind and follows Oliver’s advice is a pivotal moment in the text. However, it would be inaccurate to say Roland ever followed Oliver’s advice, for, when Roland…

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  • WILLIAM BLAKE

What are Blake and Wordsworth saying about a child’s point of view versus an adult’s? How might…

Blake and Wordsworth maintain that children have an innocence that adults have lost. Wordsworth famously wrote that the “child is the father of the man,” meaning that because he is younger, the…

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  • SCIENCE

What is the Doppler effect? (write in kid language)

Doppler effect is the change in the apparent frequency of a source when relative motion takes place between the source and the observer. Think of what happens when you are standing right next to…

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  • SCIENCE

Define phagocytosis and pinocytosis. Give examples of each process.

Phagocytosis is commonly called “cell eating”, whereas pinocytosis is commonly known as “cell drinking”. During phagocytosis, cells engulf solid particle by surrounding the solid substance…

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  • THINGS FALL APART

What are some differences and similarities between Nywoye and Okonkwo?

From the start of the novel, Okonkwo, the protagonist, is described as very prideful and someone who adheres very closely to the customs and the traditions of his people, the Igbo. He is someone…

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  • SCIENCE

Why does February have an extra day during leap year but not any other month?

Our calendar year is based (somewhat loosely) on the amount of time Earth takes to complete one orbit around the Sun. This time period is known as a solar year and is about 365 days and 6 hours…

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  • BRAVE NEW WORLD

What is Helmholtz Watson’s job?

Helmholtz Watson is a lecturer. In other words, he’s a college professor. Specifically, Watson is a lecturer at the College of Emotional Engineering, which is also called the Department of…

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  • THE OPEN WINDOW

In the short story, “The Open Window,” why does Mrs. Sappleton call Mr. Nuttel ‘a most…

When Mrs. Sappleton calls Mr. Nuttel “A most extraordinary man”, she does not mean it as a compliment. In fact, she hardly knows the man. Mr. Nuttel has been told by his doctor that he needs…

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  • SCIENCE

Why is the sky blue?

In order to understand why the sky appears blue during the day, one must understand some general principles about light. The white light released by the sun actually contains a mix of all of the…

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  • SCIENCE

I will like to know all reasons for the absence of a transport system in unicellular organisms…

All cells need nutrients, oxygen and food, and also need an efficient waste removal system. These useful products are available in the environment and the waste products also have to be sent back…

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  • THE LADY OR THE TIGER?

Who is the antagonist in the story “The Lady or the Tiger?”

The young man, the courtier who is in love with the princess, is the protagonist. He is described as a typical hero. He is handsome and honorable, a “young man of that fineness of blood and lowness…

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  • THE TEMPEST

In The Tempest, how does Ariel’s message help Prospero gain control over his adversaries?

Ariel’s message as the harpy reminds the men of their part in taking Prospero’s kingdom from him. Ariel keeps the men in place during his speech through magic, so the literal answer is that…

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  • LITERATURE

How can inferences be made about the outcome of a story?

An inference is an “educated guess” based on the context of what you are studying or reading. For instance, if I told you that I took my little brother to get his learner’s permit today, you might…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

From the book To Kill a Mockingbird, explain the social differences exposed through the students…

Miss Caroline singles out Walter Cunningham, Jr. when she notices he has no lunch nor any lunch money. Scout informs Miss Caroline that he and his family are too proud to accept handouts. This is…

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  • THE LOTTERY

What does “their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed” tell about the mood of the…

When the townspeople gather together for the lottery, they are subdued and quiet. They engage in small talk because they would rather not discuss the lottery itself. They go about the ritual…

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  • THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE

What literary devices does Sir Arthur Conan Doyle use in “The Red-Headed League?”

In this detective mystery short story, the author uses a number of literary devices to add interest to the narrative. (The following deals with elements of storytelling rather than devices an…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

What influence do the word/ideas presented by Thomas Jefferson seem to have had on Daniel Shays?

Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that every person has certain rights that can’t be taken away by anybody. He went on to say that if the government doesn’t protect the…

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  • SCIENCE

What are the differences between Rutherford and Bohr’s Atomic models?

Rutherford’s model and Bohr’s model of the atom differ in the way that they explain the movement of electrons around the nucleus. Prior to Rutherford or Bohr, most people believed in the…

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  • SCIENCE

Why doesn’t the Sun have any moons?

Technically, a moon is a natural satellite that orbits a planet. Since the Sun is classified as a star, it does not have any moons. However, the Sun does have other satellites that orbit it, such…

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  • THE WAY TO RAINY MOUNTAIN

According to myth, what is one reason the Grandmother Spider worries about raising the Sun’s child?

In short, the Spider Grandmother has many worries just as Momaday’s own grandmother has many worries. Specifically, the Spider Grandmother worries about “raising the Sun’s child” mostly because…

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  • HISTORY

How do I evaluate the significance of Lister’s work within the overall development of surgery?

To evaluate the significance of Joseph Lister’s work, you would have to consider that between fifty and eighty percent of surgical patients died prior to the development of proper sterilization…

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  • THE YELLOW WALLPAPER

Could John represent the wallpaper in “The Yellow Wallpaper?”

Although John thinks that he is helping his wife, Jane, by keeping her isolated and inactive, this is actually an imprisonment and leads to Jane’s breakdown. The yellow wallpaper lines the wall of…

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  • SCIENCE

What is the significance of the orientation and layout of the periodic table?

The periodic table of elements is an arrangement of all the known chemical elements in a tabular manner. These elements have been arranged in a number of columns (known as groups) and rows (known…

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  • HISTORY

How did European exploration impact Europe?

European exploration, or the Age of Discovery, occurred mostly from the 15th to 18th centuries. It began with the Portuguese exploration of West Africa and the Spanish exploration of the Americas….

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  • SCIENCE

What affects the color of your poop?

The color of one’s stool is affected by his/her diet and the amount of bile produced in his/her intestinal tract. Bile is a fluid that contains enzymes that aid the digestion of lipids (fats). It…

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  • KUBLA KHAN

In “Kubla Khan,” what images and words appeal to the senses?

“Kubla Khan” is rich in words and images that appeal to the senses. “Incense bearing trees” arouse the reader’s sense of smell. The “shadow of the dome of pleasure” that “floated midway on the…

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  • MUCH MADNESS IS DIVINEST SENSE

According to the speaker in the “Much Madness is Divinest Sense,” what are the main criteria for…

Those who comply with society’s dictates are those of “sense,” while individuals who think for themselves are considered “mad” as they are a threat to the compliance of the majority, who follow the…

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  • WILLIAM FAULKNER

In William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech, what does he say young writers of the day…

William Faulkner won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949, just four years after the end of World War II, when the Atomic Age was in full swing and the Cold War was a deep red sunrise on the…

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  • MEASURE FOR MEASURE

How is Measure for Measure a problem play?

Measure for Measure has been called a problem play because, while it is a comedy (meaning it has a happy ending), it is so bleak in its outlook on human nature that it veers toward tragedy. In the…

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  • ARTS

Is the fact that most likely you have less talent than Mozart a reason for you to refrain from…

There are many reasons to say absolutely not! First of all, it’s important to remember that Mozart’s composing abilities were as much a product of his environment as his natural talent….

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

How do the depictions of New York in The Great Gatsby and in The Catcher in the Rye compare?

(Note: While there are locations mentioned that are very New York, to answer this question, I believe it’s important to look at what happens to the characters while in the city.) New York is seen…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

In Animal Farm, what is foreshadowed after Snowball’s expulsion, when Squealer tells the animals…

This statement not only foreshadows Snowball’s demonization but also predicts Napoleon’s tyrannical rule which is vested in brutality, manipulation, exploitation, abuse and propaganda. With…

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  • THERE WILL COME SOFT RAINS

What were the five spots of paint in “There Will Come Soft Rains”? What happened to the people?

The spots of paint are all that is left of the people who lived in the house. There are no people alive to tell the story in “There Will Come Soft Rains.” There has been some kind of recent…

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  • HISTORY

In what ways did the Gulag help the Soviet regime in terms of gathering allegiances, crushing…

The Gulag was the penal system of the former Soviet Union. Prisoners were sent to labor camps and were forced to work without pay for long periods of time. Citizens could be sent to the Gulag for…

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  • MACBETH

How does Lady Macbeth change from Act 1, Scene 5, to Act 5, Scene 1?

In Act 1, Scene 5, Lady Macbeth is confident, decisive, and ruthless. In this scene, she receives the letter from Macbeth that acquaints her with the Weird Sisters’ statements that he would become…

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  • MACBETH

Why does Malcolm hesitate to accept Macduff’s offer of assistance?

In Act Four, Scene 3, Macduff travels to England to get military support and convince Malcolm to return to Scotland with him. However, Malcolm is not sure that Macduff has pure intentions and does…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In Lord of the Flies, why does Jack’s name change?

Throughout the novel, Jack’s character develops from a boy who has feelings of grandeur to a leader of a band of vicious hunters. Jack is desperate to be leader and exert his authority from the…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

Explain what laws provide for a civilization.

Different people might disagree as to which laws are necessary in order to “provide for a civilization” (to me, this means to make civilization possible). My view is informed by the ideas of…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What do readers learn about the Ewells from Atticus?

In Chapter 3, Scout says that “Atticus said the Ewells had been the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations. None of them had done an honest day’s work in his recollection.” Atticus had also…

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  • SCIENCE

Write the function of a connector.

A connector, as the name suggests, connects. More specifically, it is used to connect or disconnect electrical circuits. Connectors are thus, also known as electrical connectors. In general, we…

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  • FRANKENSTEIN

Why does Henry Clerval come to Ingolstadt?

Henry Clerval has one main reason for coming to Ingolstadt: to get an education. In Volume I, Chapter IV, he meets Victor outside an inn, and tells him, “You may easily believe […] how great…

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  • SCIENCE

If an object was thrown vertically upward when will it hit the ground. V=9.8 m/s

Hello! After an object was thrown, the only force acting on it is the gravity force (if we ignore air resistance). It acts downwards and is constant near Earth’s surface. For an object of mass mm…

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  • THE PEARL

What evidence of belief in superstition can be found in Chapter 1?

The importance of songs in Kino’s mind, family, and culture can be viewed simply as a cultural practice. They are ways to give meaning to events, people, and places. But for Kino, the songs do take…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What does Paris do when he sees Romeo outside Juliet’s tomb?

The final scene of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet opens with Count Paris and his page outside Capulet’s tomb where the body of Juliet, supposedly dead, has recently been placed. Paris tells his…

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

What costume is Fortunato wearing in Poe’s short story, “The Cask of Amontillado”?

Fortunato is the victim of the narrator Montresor in Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre short story “The Cask of Amontillado.” The story takes place during Carnival. Carnival is a raucous festival on the…

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  • BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

In “By the Waters of Babylon,” what does John describe in the apartment? What are the objects?

In “By the Waters of Babylon,” John describes many things that he sees in the apartment of the “dead god.” Almost all of these things are easily identifiable from what John says. John…

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  • BOYS AND GIRLS

How does the setting have an impact on the interaction of the characters in the story “Boys and…

“Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro is set on a fox farm in the early twentieth century, where a young girl lives with her parents and younger brother Laird. On a traditional farmstead, the roles…

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