In “My Financial Career,” what made the manager alarmed?

In “My Financial Career,” what made the manager alarmed?

  • MILKWEED

In the book Milkweed, how can you describe Misha Pilsudski? What are his attributes that make him…

There are many ways to describe Misha in Spinelli’s Milkweed. How we describe him depends on where we are in the story. We can describe him as an orphan boy growing up in Warsaw, Poland in the…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

What three things does Faber say they are missing from their society in Fahrenheit 451?

The three things missing from society are quality, leisure, and the right to act on what you learn. Faber is an old man that Montag meets because he is desperate to find out about the books….

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  • HOW MUCH LAND DOES A MAN NEED?

In the story “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” who wants to get Pahom into his power?

It is the Devil who wants to get Pahom into his power. Early in the story the Devil overhears Pahom bragging that if he had enough land he wouldn’t fear the Devil himself. “All right,” thought the…

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  • TWELFTH NIGHT

In Twelfth Night by Shakespeare, what does the clown say he can prove in Act 1, Scene 5?

The Clown says he can prove Olivia is a fool. The fool has been having a good time with Maria (Olivia’s maid), so he is already warmed up by the time Olivia shows up. The exchange shows that…

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  • THE BET

The lawyer marvels at those who “exchange heaven for earth.” What does he mean by this in “The Bet”?

At the end of the fifteen years of his solitary confinement during which he has read extensively on many subjects, the lawyer concludes that he does not understand those who have placed undue…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

Why does Dally begin to look sick in Chapter 2 of The Outsiders?

Dally looks sick because he sees Johnny has been badly beaten by the Socs. Dally is one of the toughest members of the greasers gang, but he has a soft spot for Johnny, whom Pony describes as the…

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  • TRIFLES

Was the murder justified in Trifles? Why do the women conceal the evidence?

The murder was justified if Mrs. Wright killed her husband in self-defense. It is always difficult to say what justifies one person killing another, but there is evidence that Mrs. Wright might…

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  • HISTORY

What kind of imperialistic questions would you ask President McKinley in a mock trial?

I assume that this is a trial in which President McKinley is charged with some sort of wrongdoing for having been imperialistic. I think this since he presided over the Spanish-American War and…

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  • HISTORY

What should we learn from Suleiman I?

Suleiman I (also known as “Suleiman the Magnificent”) is a fascinating historical character, so there is much we can learn from studying him. Specifically, studying Suleiman should correct wrong…

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  • THE LADY OR THE TIGER?

How do the citizens of the kingdom feel about the king’s method of justice in “The Lady or the…

The citizens of the kingdom greatly applaud the king’s method of justice. Because of the unpredictability of any one trial, the people find the king’s method of administering justice extremely…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

List all of the reasons why Ralph is crying at the end of the book.

In the final chapter, Ralph is completely alone. Even Samneric have joined Jack’s tribe. He dwells on the deaths of Piggy and Simon, the most intelligent and most peaceful of the boys on the…

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  • THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER

In “The Devil and Tom Walker”, describe the mood at the beginning of the story.

There are two aspects to the beginning of the story; a brief introduction of the treasure, and an introduction of Tom and his wife. The treasure is introduced first, as a sort of prologue (one…

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  • THINGS FALL APART

In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo’s life was filled with fear of failure and weakness. How is this…

In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Achebe presents Okonkwo as a man dominated by a pervasive fear of being perceived as weak and womanly. Early in the novel, Achebe establishes the fact that…

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  • TWO KINDS

In “Two Kinds,” would the daughter have been “beyond reproach” if she had become a prodigy? Why…

When Jing-mei’s mother, Suyuan, first tries to make Jing-mei into a prodigy, Jing-mei goes along with the idea. In her head she believes that becoming a prodigy means that she will be perfect, that…

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  • THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER

On what European story is “The Devil and Tom Walker” based?

“The Devil and Tom Walker” is most directly based upon the story of Faust, a folktale, and perhaps more specifically upon the popularity of the story’s fundamental elements as fostered by the…

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  • THANK YOU, M’AM

Why did the writer choose “Thank You, M’am” as the title for this story?

The words of the title, “Thank You, M’am,” are from the final words uttered by Roger to Mrs. Jones, and they impart the deep meaning of his encounter with her. The narrator makes two comments…

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  • BLACK BEAUTY

What is the rising action in Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty?

Rising action is defined as all action leading up to the climax. The climax is the turning point in the story, the moment rising action becomes falling action leading to the resolution; it is often…

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  • THE YELLOW WALLPAPER

What is the irony in “The Yellow Wallpaper”?

The greatest source of irony in “The Yellow Wallpaper” stems from the negative impact that the narrator’s treatment has on her well-being. Medical treatment is very much intended to make a patient…

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  • SREDNI VASHTAR

Who are the antagonist and the protagonist in the story “Sredni Vashtar?”

The protagonist of the short story “Sredni Vashtar” is Conradin, a ten year-old sickly child who lives with his cousin, Mrs. de Ropp. She is his antagonist. The protagonist of the story is the main…

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  • THE HANDMAID’S TALE

What are the three most important settings in Margret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale?

The three most important settings in The Handmaid’s Tale are the Commander’s home, the school where the handmaids are re-educated, and the changing times that are recounted in the narrator’s…

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  • SAKI

Why does the young lady ask Framton the initial set of questions?

Vera asks Framton Nuttel the initial set of questions in order to determine the likelihood of having a bit of fun with a seemingly nervous hypochondriac. As Vera entertains the new guest, she is…

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  • FRINDLE

How much money did Nick make in Frindle?

Nick started making money when Bud Lawrence chose to manufacture ballpoint pens with “frindle” imprinted on them. Bud and Nick’s dad agreed that Nick should receive 30% of profits from the pens…

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  • A WORN PATH

In “A Worn Path,” is the grandson really dead?

In Eudora Welty’s story “A Worn Path,” an old woman, Phoenix Jackson, goes on a quest to get her grandson some medicine. She walks a long distance over a treacherous path from her home into town to…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

How is Clarisse mysterious in Fahrenheit 451?

In Fahrenheit 451, Clarisse McClellan is mysterious in a number of ways. First of all, she is mysterious as a result of her sudden and foreshadowed appearance in the book. It is foreshadowed…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

What are Abigail’s circumstances? What led her to reside with her uncle?

Abigail Williams is only seventeen years old, and the exposition Arthur Miller provides when she enters Betty Parris’s bedroom lets readers know that she is “an orphan.” We get further information…

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  • ANGELA’S ASHES

In Angela’s Ashes, Chapter 10, how does the narrator know Angela is sick?

In Angela’s Ashes, Francis McCourt (the narrator) tells of the time that his mother, Angela, became sick. In Chapter 10, Frank relates how he and his brothers know something is wrong with their…

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  • THE JILTING OF GRANNY WEATHERALL

What might Granny’s observations of the doctor reveal about her state of mind?

The state of mind of Granny Weatherall is one that reveals she still has her independence and she is strong and not in need of outside intervention to go through what she is facing. Because she is…

  • THE CRUCIBLE

How does The Crucible affect people today?

By focusing on two important and sad eras in American history — the Salem Witch hunts as well as the McCarthy hearings held during the 1950s and 60s to uncover Communists — the play, The…

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  • THE CRISIS

According to Paine, what was the best way to defeat the British?

In his work “Common Sense,” Thomas Paine was able to inspire the rebels and the thirteen colonies against the British imperial regime. He suggested that there was an urgent need for the colonies to…

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  • THE BIRDS

Is there an example of irony in the story?

There is a striking example of irony in “The Birds” which involves Mrs Trigg, the farmer’s wife. Early in the story, Mrs Trigg makes fun of Nat when he tells her about the birds’ terrifying attack…

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  • THE DOLL’S HOUSE

What is the story’s main message or theme & what does the story reveal about popularity?

Katherine Mansfield’s short story “The Doll’s House” shows that people will always gravitate toward those who are considered social or financial “betters”. The Burnell girls, who are rich and come…

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  • 1984

Why does O’Brien call Winston the “last man”?

To put this quote into context, it appears in Part Three, Chapter Three, when Winston is imprisoned in the Ministry of Love and undergoing torture. As Winston attempts to justify his rebellion,…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

At what point does Scout no longer completely deny her feminine identity?

When To Kill a Mockingbird began, Scout was completely resistant to her own gender. She preferred to wear boy’s clothes, play with boys, and go by “Scout” instead of Jean Louise. When anyone…

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  • BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

What profession does John plan to follow in “By the Waters of Babylon”?

John plans to become a priest. Not everybody in John’s society can become a priest. There are some prerequisites that must be completed before being able to pursue the priesthood. First, a…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

Why is Ralph growing frustrated about the progress of the boys in chapter 3 from The Lord of the…

At the beginning of the chapter, Ralph’s frustration is focused on the shelters and the boys’ inability to build anything substantial. He has tried to organize the boys to build, keep the fire…

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  • DEATH OF A SALESMAN

In act 2 of Death of a Salesman, what is Biff trying to convey to his father? What does it have…

Hi! I edited your question and moved it to the proper topic, Death of a Salesman, as you had it under the title Death of a Traveling Salesman. This latter title refers to a short story by Eudora…

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  • A SOUND OF THUNDER

In “A Sound of Thunder,” what happened after the hunting party returned to their own time?

“A Sound of Thunder” tells the story of a group of hunters on a “time safari” – using a time machine to travel into the past and hunt extinct animals. A significant amount of detail in the story…

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  • THE OPEN WINDOW

Who was Framton Nuttel?

Framton Nuttel is a youngish man who has come down to the country from London for what is described as a “nerve cure.” He is a complete stranger to the household where the whole story takes place….

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

In Fahrenheit 451, how does Beatty die?

Captain Beatty dies when Montag aims the flame thrower at him and burns him alive. In the course of their work in burning books, Beatty leads Montag straight to Montag’s own house. As they stand at…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

How does Mark Antony effectively use Caeser’s will to stir up the Roman mob?

Antony first teases the mob by showing them Caesar’s will and then telling them he doesn’t intend to read it. When they insist that Antony read the will, he tells them: Have patience, gentle…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

What happened that made George stop playing dirty tricks on Lennie in Of Mice and Men?

In the beginning of the novella, George and Slim talk about Lennie. In one of the rare moments in the book, George and Slim connect and have a real conversation. George shares with Slim his past…

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  • HISTORY

I need help writing a 750-1000 word essay responding to the following prompt. During their first…

This assignment requests that you write a three-part essay totaling 750-1,000 words. To accomplish this, you should use headings which clearing split the essay into three distinct section of…

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  • THE TEMPEST

What terrible things did Prospero do to Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest?

Prospero enslaved Caliban and constantly threatened him with magical punishments. The worst thing that Prospero did to Caliban was force him to be his slave. It seems like when Prospero landed on…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

In The Scarlet Letter, what happened in the incident with the breastplate?

Chapter 7 of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter brings the reader into the mansion of Governor Bellingham. Hester, under the guise of returning some mended gloves to the governor, comes with…

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  • MY FINANCIAL CAREER

In “My Financial Career,” what made the manager alarmed?

The bank manager is initially a bit “spooked” by the narrator’s furtive and solemn manner. Leacock wants to open a small account and has the idea that he must go through the manager. Any teller…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

What animal imagery is there in Of Mice and Men?

Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men This is an intelligent question. The careful reader will undoubtedly see that Lennie is often described as an animal. Right in the beginning of the book, Steinbeck…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

Why do the pigs in Animal Farm become more and more human like towards the end of the book?

Orwell was obviously using the farm to stand in for the Soviet Union, Napoleon for Stalin, etc. And the point of the pigs becoming more and more human-like was meant to show the evolving…

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  • ENDER’S GAME

What happened in the battle room? What do the students learn there?

Great book! It’s one of my favorite books of all time. In fact, I refuse to see the movie and let it be ruined. The battle room is where all of the kids (students) put into practice the battle…

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  • HISTORY

Describe the transition from indentured servitude to slavery in the Chesapeake region of North…

In the Chesapeake region in the 17th century, there was a gradual, but inexorable, movement away from the use of indentured servants (most of whom were white) and towards the use of slaves from…

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  • THE PIGMAN

In chapter 12, John starts to become concerned about his apperance, why?

John begins to care about his appearance after he spends the weekend at the Pigman’s house with Lorraine. Chapter 12, in the book The Pigman, does not give much detail as to why John has his hair…


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