In Lord of the Flies, why were rules so important to Ralph?

In Lord of the Flies, why were rules so important to Ralph?

  • THE ARTIST OF THE BEAUTIFUL

What transcendental philosophies appear in Hawthorne’s “The Artist of the Beautiful”?

The notion of creating a spiritual machine seems both at odds with transcendentalism and in agreement with its philosophies. On one hand, the idea of controlling nature or of mastering it is at…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

What is the lifespan of the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?

In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by his deceased partner, Jacob Marley, and by three spirits. We find out near the end of the book that all three visitations took…

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  • THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET

How do the different connotation and tone portrayed in the “hips” and the “high heels” scenes…

Connotation has to do with the popular meaning of a word or concept. Tone refers to the author’s attitude conveyed in the story. Since The House on Mango Street is told from Esperanza’s…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What is the treatment the children receive from Culpurnia and Aunt Alexandra based on pages…

In Chapter 21 of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the children receive similar treatment from Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandra once both caretakers learn the children had been watching the trial all…

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  • LITERATURE

What is the cause and effect of “The Allegory of the Cave?”

In this allegory, people are in a cave, chained to a wall in such a way that they can only face one way and essentially have no knowledge that there is anything behind them. But behind them are…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

Who recognizes Romeo’s voice beneath his mask in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet?

The answer to this question can be found in Act I, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet. It is Tybalt, Juliet’s hot-blooded cousin, that recognizes Romeo’s voice (his face is hidden by a mask, like the…

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  • HISTORY

What is the difference between a confederation and a unitary government?

The difference between the three main types of systems, unitary, federal, and a confederation, is the amount of power each system gives to the central government. In a unitary system, the central…

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  • LABOR AND LABOR PRACTICES

Do you think the labor movement is a social movement? Why or why not?

The history of the American labor movement is most definitely a component of the larger social movements of the last two centuries. While the obvious genesis of the labor movement was the extremes…

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  • THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL

In the story “The Minister’s Black Veil,” 1. Why do others react the way they do? What does their…

  1. Superficially, members of Mr. Hooper’s congregation react the way they do because it is just plain weird to them that their minister, without explanation or warning, simply walks out of his…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

What actions illustrated Odysseus’s confidence on Circe’s island?

As an epic hero, Odysseus displayed self-assurance constantly throughout his return trip home. However, on Circe’s island of Aeaea, his confidence is illustrated through his words and actions, and…

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  • HISTORY

How did music change during the Harlem Renaissance?

To understand how music changed during the Harlem Renaissance, you also need to understand how the Great Migration impacted the culture of the North. Around the turn of the 20th century, a huge…

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  • ARTS

What are some examples of authority figures being ignored and how they are ignored in West Side…

In the musical West Side Story there are few adult characters present to represent “authority” figures. Because the plot focuses mainly on issues that are being faced by the younger characters, the…

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  • SCIENCE

Why are objects that fall near Earth’s surface rarely in free fall?

Free fall refers to the downward motion of an object without any resistance. Any object thrown upwards or dropped from a height is pulled towards the Earth’s surface due to Earth’s gravity. Such…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In Lord of the Flies, how does the character Jack show success?

Jack showed considerable prowess as a hunter. But being recognized as such was apparently not enough for him. He believed that his prowess should have been rewarded with him being leader of the…

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  • HISTORY

What action did the First Continental Congress take?

The First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in response to the passage of the Intolerable Acts in 1774. Its main achievement was to issue what became known as the “Association,” a…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Describe how the civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights make it more difficult for law…

If it were not for the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments, it would be much easier for law enforcement to catch and convict criminals. While this would be good in some ways, it would also make our…

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  • THE WEDNESDAY WARS

What were some events that changed Holling’s character in The Wednesday Wars?

I think one “event” that changed Holling’s character more than anything else was his time spent with Mrs. Baker. Granted that’s not one single event, but the time spent Mrs. Baker deeply affects…

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  • THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

How do the narrator’s changing states of consciousness affect the story?

In “The Pit and the Pendulum,” Poe uses the narrator’s changing states of consciousness to create mystery and suspense in the story. In the beginning of the story, the narrator is in a partial…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What are Mr. Avery’s physical features in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Mr. Avery lived across the street from Mrs. Dubose’s house and was known to sit on the porch all evening and sneeze. Mr. Avery is the overweight neighbor who has a rather large stomach. In Chapter…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, what upsets Scout about her costume just before the…

In Chapter 28, there is a Halloween event taking place in the Maycomb high school auditorium. Inside the auditorium there are various fun events including apple bobbing, taffy-pulling,…

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  • OZYMANDIAS

What do we learn about Ozymandias’ character in “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley?

In “Ozymandias,” a sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley, we learn that Ozymandias was a powerful king. Ozymandias, in reality, was Egyptian king Ramses II, called “Ozymandias” by the Greeks. He ruled for…

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  • A CHRISTMAS MEMORY

Why do buddy and his friend make fruitcakes each year? Explain who they make them for.

Each year Buddy and his friend make fruitcakes for those who have shown them a small kindness, people who they are not well acquainted with, such as the President. The pair makes the cakes for…

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  • HISTORY

How did the Civil War affect its people?

The Civil War had a big impact on the American people. One impact is that it split families. There were families who had members fighting on both sides of the war. Some of these divided families…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why does Scout start hanging out with Miss Maudie?

Scout, Jem, and Dill enjoy playing the Boo Radley game. Their favorite part is reenacting the rumor that Boo stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors. One day, Atticus catches them…

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  • HISTORY

Did George Washington succeed with his task to get the country off on the start to democracy?

George Washington was successful in getting the country off to a good start with its system of democracy. Upon being elected, President Washington appointed very capable people to his cabinet….

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

What is Scrooge’s reaction to the snow in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?

Scrooge has no reaction to snow or any other external forces. At the beginning of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge lives a lonely existence and is very much in his own world. He is not affected by the…

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  • SKETCHES FROM THE LIFE OF A FREE BLACK OUR NIG; OR

In Our Nig by Harriet E. Wilson, what are some important quotes regarding attitudes about race,…

Mag, the mother of Frado, is a white woman who had a child out of wedlock (who died in infancy) and was, as a consequence, expelled from society and forced to make a living doing periodic jobs on…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

What are some examples of transfer propaganda techniques used throughout Animal Farm?

We should start with definitions. The idea behind transfer in propaganda or even advertising is the idea of projecting either positive or negative qualities of a person to another in order to make…

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  • TUCK EVERLASTING

What news does the constable bring to the Fosters?

I initially thought that this question was an easy question to answer, but that’s because I mixed up the constable and the man in the yellow suit. Both characters bring news to the Foster family….

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  • THE MIRACLE WORKER

What is the summary of Act II of the Miracle Worker?

Annie has recently arrived at the Keller house in Act II. She begins spelling into Helen’s hand as a means of communication, but the child does not yet understand why. Helen, who for years has…

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  • HISTORY

How do the historical accounts of Revere’s ride and the story told in Henry Wadsworth…

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Paul Revere’s Ride, tells an accurate account of the events of April 18th, 1775. Longfellow even notes that “the midnight ride of Paul Revere” occurred “on the…

  • HISTORY

Why did the South invade the North during the Gettysburg campaign?

There were several reasons why General Lee invaded the North in the battle of Gettysburg. One reason was the South was in need of food. Because most of the fighting in the Civil War had been done…

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  • ANTIGONE

In Antigone, what does the following quotation mean: “robbed of two brothers both dying the same…

The quotation you cite refers to the deaths of Polynices and Eteocles. Antigone and her sister Ismene have been “robbed” of their two brothers because the two went to war over the rulership of…

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  • TUCK EVERLASTING

In Tuck Everlasting, Winnie has a conflict within herself when she returns home. What is it?

I think by “returns home” you are referring to after the constable brings Winnie back from the Tuck household. Winnie’s conflict is what to do about Mae Tuck. To protect Winnie from the man in…

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  • HISTORY

According to The Iliad, the Trojan War resulted from ?

According to Homer’s masterpiece epic, the Iliad, the Trojan War began because Paris ran off with Helen, the wife of the Spartan king Menelaus. Previously, the goddess Aphrodite promised to give…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

In the novel “The Outsiders” by S.E Hinton, the Socs beat up Ponyboy and Johnny. Is Ponyboy…

Ponyboy is innocent of assisting in the murder of Bob Sheldon. He was unaware that Johnny stabbed and killed him, and later on in the novel when they are hiding out, Johnny comments that Pony is…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

Why are the characters in The Crucible blind to the truth?

This question can be answered in a way that both considers the historical setting of the play (the Salem Witch Trials) and its allegorical setting, the McCarthy Hearings. The main reason people…

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  • HOOT

In Hoot, what type of bicycle does Beatrice ride when she goes to Roy’s house to get “science…

After Beatrice rescues Roy from being pulverized by Dana Matherson in the janitor’s closet, she steals a bike from the rack at Trace Middle School and has Roy sit on the handle bars. She pedals…

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  • THE HANDMAID’S TALE

Since Gilead is a fundamentalist Christian regime, why would the Baptists rebel against it?

There are several reasons why Baptists would rebel against the regime in Gilead. For one, the leadership in Gilead seems to have adopted a more Old Testament mentality, and the Baptists are much…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

Why would Mildred and her friends turn Montag into the police in the novel Fahrenheit 451?

After Montag leaves Faber’s house, he is determined to scare the hell out of Mildred and her superficial friends by making them confront reality. Mrs. Bowles is opposed to Montag reading poetry and…

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  • HISTORY

Why is important for voters to be able to detect bias and identify propaganda?

It is very important for voters to detect bias and identify propaganda. This is true for any situation, not just during elections. Each political party tries to portray itself in a positive manner…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

What archetype does Penelope represent?

As the name indicates, archetypes are ideal forms of a particular type or motif. In the Odyssey, Penelope is the archetype of the “faithful wife.” She waits twenty years for Odysseus, her husband,…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

Who does Athena disguise herself as in Book Eight of The Odyssey and why?

In Book Eight, Odysseus continually refuses to take part in the games that his new hosts, the Phaeacians, are holding. Broadsea and Laodamas, two Phaeacian princes, begin to tease and bully…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Why does the Ghost of Christmas Present say that if Tiny Tim dies he will decrease the…

When the Ghost of Christmas Present says that the death of Tiny Tim would decrease the population, he is not expressing his own sentiment. The ghost is, in fact, repeating something that Scrooge…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge asks the Ghost of Christmas Present if Tiny Tim will live, and the…

The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Ebenezer Scrooge the Cratchit family on Christmas Day. Among them is Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit’s young son, who is crippled. He is also weak and in poor health….

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

Where had the stone and mortar used by Montresor to wall up the entrance to the niche been hidden?

It was not actually necessary for Montresor to hide the stones or the mortar, since he was the only one who ever came down there. If Fortunato were to notice them he would think nothing of them,…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Give a detailed explanation of how Scrooge’s attitude changed after the three spirits visited him.

We can see the extent of Scrooge’s transformation by comparing his attitude in Stave One, before the visits, with his attitude at the end of the story, in Stave Five. First of all, Scrooge…

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  • SCIENCE

I have to type up a report about prey and predator populations but that isn’t the problem. The…

When a person writes in first person narrative, the words “I, my, mine” are used. You are telling the story from your own personal perspective. The second person narrative employs the use of word…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In Lord of the Flies, why were rules so important to Ralph?

Rules are significant to Ralph because he is the group’s leader. In order for Ralph to maintain control of the boys and ensure their survival, Ralph must create and enforce rules. The first rule…

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  • ANTIGONE

Describe how Antigone’s perception of fate and destiny affects her actions. How do you feel the…

In Antigone, Antigone says both to Creon and to her sister Ismene that she is destined to die because of the curse on the family, so she is happy to at least die a death with the honor that will…

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