In The Catcher in the Rye, why does Holden keep wandering in Central Park?

In The Catcher in the Rye, why does Holden keep wandering in Central Park?

  • MACBETH

What is the dramatic purpose of Act IV, Scene ii, in Macbeth?

First, Ross’s words as well as the speech of Macduff’s son help to further demonstrate how bad things are in Scotland under Macbeth’s rule. Ross says, […] cruel are the times when we are…

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  • THE CANTERVILLE GHOST

What is a character sketch of the ghost in The Canterville Ghost?

Sir Simon, or the ghost, is the namesake and major character in “The Canterville Ghost.” He has roamed the interior of Canterville Chase since his death in 1584 and is a very complex and emotional…

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  • HISTORY

What is Mesopotamia?

Mesopotamia is a region of the world found in present-day Iraq and Syria. It is the land that sits between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Mesopotamia is a Greek word that is translated as “the…

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  • A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO

In A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck, what two things upset the women about the president’s…

In the book, the women are upset that President Roosevelt’s wife is plain-looking and that he is related to his wife (Eleanor is the president’s fifth cousin). One summer’s day, Joey and Mary Alice…

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  • HAMLET

Is Hamlet insane?

Is Hamlet crazy? That all depends on how the actor plays him. The interesting problem with madness is that the man who says he’s not crazy is questioned because…why would anyone insist they…

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  • HATCHET

What did the airplane do that made Brian realize he had to land the plane in Hatchet?

When the engine coughs and roars violently, Brian knows that the plane is going to crash. Before the pilot has a heart attack, he shows Brian how to fly the plane, telling him that it’s easy….

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

What will happen to Sarah Osburn?

Because Goody Osburn was accused of witchcraft and, unlike Sarah Good, she did not confess, she will be hanged. Mary Warren tells Elizabeth Proctor these details when she gets home to the…

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  • REFERENCE

Aside from the bride and groom, what are the various males and females that take part in a…

Everybody loves a good wedding! Traditionally, children as well as adults make up the bride and groom’s wedding party. Your question refers to the boy or girl who will attend the wedding couple; I…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

Why is Guy Montag not a criminal in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury?

In Part Three of Fahrenheit 451, Montag moves very quickly from a social outsider to criminal: he is arrested for possessing books, kills Captain Beatty and then flees the scene of his crimes….

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

How does Reverend Parris’ narcissism lead to his hypocrisy?

Narcissim can be described as the pathological expression of egoistic traits where the individual develops an inflated view of their character. The individual would also inflate their importance…

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  • MAUS

What are the themes of Maus? How can they be discussed with examples from the text?

Because you did not indicate the specific Maus I or Maus II, I assume you mean The Complete Maus which compiles both books in one. (If you wanted to be specific to the first or second part, feel…

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  • BUSINESS

As a supervisor, what errors might you make when performing a performance appraisal on a clerical…

An odd but valuable question. Both supervisor and clerical worker are humans, not just “human resources.” While much of a clerical worker’s “output” can be quantified — forms processed, files…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How are Scout, Jem and Dill being brave by being at the court house in To Kill a Mockingbird?

The children display courage by attending the trial of Tom Robinson and supporting their father in his defense of a black man accused of raping a white woman. Their sitting in the Colored Section…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How does Atticus emerge as a person? Give some specific events that reveal his character and…

At the beginning of the novel, it is evident that Jem and Scout Finch have a great deal of respect, admiration, and love for their father Atticus. By the end of the novel, he becomes more than just…

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  • LOGIC

“Don’t read the New York Times; it’s filled with liberal propaganda.” What type of fallacy is…

The most likely answer is that this is an example of A, an ad hominem attack. This is because the argument does not offer any proof of what it is saying. It just denounces the characteristics of…

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  • THE CANTERBURY TALES

In The Canterbury Tales, what was the tabard?

In Geoffery Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the Tabard was the inn at which the characters stayed the evening before they set out on their journey. Established in the early fourteenth century in…

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  • HAMLET

In Hamlet, does Laertes or Polonius advise Ophelia “…to thine own self be true”? What is the…

The quote you are talking about is in Act 1 Scene 3 of Hamlet and is actually given to Laertes by Polonius. Laertes has been given permission by King Claudius to return to school in France. In Act…

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  • MACBETH

When does Macbeth know he is in trouble in the play Macbeth?

At the beginning of Scene 3 in Act 5, Macbeth seems full of confidence. He makes what appears to be a general announcement beginning with these words: Bring me no more reports. Let them fly…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

I need to develop a thesis statement about factors that make it difficult for the government of…

The first thing I would say about this is that you cannot use “poor national security” as a reason why the United States cannot protect its citizens (assuming that you are right to say that the…

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  • SCIENCE

The sides of a dna molecule are made up of sugar molecules alternating with what molecules?

DNA, or deoxyribose nucleic acid, is the main carrier or genetic information within an organism. The shape of DNA is often referred to as a “double helix”, or a winding staircase. DNA is composed…

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  • A VISIT TO GRANDMOTHER

What is Mama’s attitude about the story?

In the short story, “A Visit to Grandmother” by Melvin Kelly Mama’s attitude toward the story of the horse and buggy ride starts out jovial. With detail, she describes her early apprehension…

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  • LYDDIE

In the book Lyddie, in chapter 13, what was Lyddie’s response to her injury?

Lyddie reacts to her injury in the way she reacts to most things: by thinking about money first. When Lyddie gets hit in the head with the shuttle, she falls to the floor, and Diana rushes to her…

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  • HISTORY

What best describes President James K. Polk’s actions regarding Mexico?

President Polk’s actions toward Mexico can best be described as aggressive and desiring to fulfill the goals of the policy of Manifest Destiny. The United States and Mexico had a dispute over the…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

I’m writing an essay on Romeo and Juliet about the character Friar Lawrence and how his words…

In your essay about Romeo and Juliet, you’ve probably written about how Friar Lawrence’s warnings and misgivings foreshadow the difficulties faced by both Romeo and Juliet as well as their sad…

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  • LYDDIE

How does this letter change Charlie and Lyddie’s plans?

Lyddie receives several letters in the book, but the one that changes the plans that she and Charlie have is the letter they receive at the end of chapter 1. In chapter 1, Lyddie and Charlie are…

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  • THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX

What is the plot and how is the conflict resolved in The Tale of Despereaux?

The plot of The Tale of Despereaux is both simple, in that it can be summarized in two main words, and complex, as it deals with both the physical and emotional worlds of the characters. The…

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  • THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

In Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” how does the speaker feel about his choice in the future?…

In “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost looks at the difficulties involved in making a decision that will affect the rest of one’s life. The speaker begins by simply looking at the two roads and…

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  • THE PEARL

In John Steinbeck’s Novel The Pearl, Juan Tomas says to kino “you have defied not the pearl…

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  • STARGIRL

What did Stargirl make for Peter Sinkowitz?

After high school, and right before Leo goes off to college, Archie calls him over to his house to see his toolshed. Archie tells Leo that it was Stargirl’s office and he goes in to find files she…

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  • MACBETH

What are the plot holes in the play Macbeth?

Macbeth has several plot holes. Lady Macbeth, in Act I Scene 6, when she’s insulting her husband’s manhood because he doesn’t want to kill Duncan, she says, “I have given suck, and know / How…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

For what reasons does George decline Candy’s offer to buy the farm they discussed in Of Mice and…

After losing his dog, Candy also loses his only companion, and his sense of community. He cannot keep up with the other farm hands, and it is clear that the man has not hardened up to the extent to…

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  • THE SECOND COMING

What is the main idea in “The Second Coming?”

The main idea in “The Second Coming” can seem elusive, especially because the poem ends with a complicated question that takes up the last five lines of the poem. However, an understanding of W. B….

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  • ANIMAL FARM

What were the neighboring farmers reactions to Mr. Jones complaining about losing the farm?

There other farms did not have a unified reaction towards the rebellion. In fact, they changed their stance on the rebellion on Manor Farm as the book progressed. At first, the text states that…

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  • THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

Is General Zaroff dynamic, static, round, or flat?

The contention can be made that General Zaroff is, in fact, a dynamic character because he undergoes a change in his outlook on two occasions. When Zaroff describes his dangerous game to Sanger…

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  • CHAINS

What does Isabel do after everyone in the household is asleep in Chains?

The answer to your question is fairly simple. When everyone else in the household is asleep, sometimes Isabel goes to Bridwell prison in order to help her friend, Curzon, as well as the other…

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  • THE MAN WHO WAS POE

Who does Mr. Dupin meet in the vault in Avi’s The Man Who Was Poe?

In chapter 8 of Avi’s The Man Who Was Poe, Edgar Allan Poe, calling himself Mr. Dupin, doesn’t necessarily meet anyone inside of the bank vault when he goes to investigate it, but he does meet…

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

How did Montresor ensure that the servants would not be around to witness the crime?

As he does with Fortunato, Montresor manipulates his servants in order to get his way, and avoid suspicion in the process. Montresor premeditated his murder and knew that it would be best to have…

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  • HATCHET

How did the plane crash?

Brian is flying north to stay with his father in the Canadian oil fields. Not long after they take off, the pilot starts to have some serious discomfort. At first he is convinced he ate something…

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  • CHAINS

In Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, what does Ruth seem to not understand?

Ruth does not seem to understand that Madam Lockton is taking advantage of her. Ruth is mentally disabled. Readers are never sure exactly what Ruth’s disability is, but I believe that she has…

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  • RIP VAN WINKLE

How does the author show that Rip Van Winkle was asleep during the American Revolution?

“Rip Van Winkle” indicates that its protagonist was asleep during the American Revolution mainly through implication, as it is never directly stated, and the reader must infer from details of the…

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  • THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

What is the resolution of the story “The Gift of the Magi”?

The resolution of the short story is when all is revealed and both Jim and Della sit down to eat dinner. In the beginning of the story, Della is feeling down, because it is Christmas and she…

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  • THE LOTTERY

Are there any clues in the story that might explain how the lottery first started? What might…

There are not a great many clues in the story about the original purpose of the lottery. We know it has been going on for a very long time, at least 77 years, since Old Man Warner explains in the…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

Why does Randy visit Ponyboy in The Outsiders?

In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, the Greasers is a gang “from the east side of town.” Their only real rivals, the Socs, “jump Greasers and wreck houses” but remain “an asset to society” as Ponyboy…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, what do the younger Ewell children do and who are they?

We are only introduced to two of the Ewell children in To Kill a Mockingbird. We meet Burris Ewell on the first day of school, and he is the same age as Scout. He also has lice and causes quite a…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

Why does Randy visit Ponyboy in The Outsiders?

In Chapter 7, Randy Adderson meets inside his blue Mustang with Ponyboy to discuss his feelings about the violence between the Socs and greasers, and why he will not be attending the “rumble.”…

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  • LITERATURE

What are some examples of figurative language in “I Am a Rock” by Simon and Garfunkel?

Figurative language uses metaphor and simile to convey ideas and feelings and to give descriptions. Figures of speech are not to be taken literally but can communicate pictures and emotions clearly…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

In Homer’s The Odyssey, what do spirits need to do in order to speak to Odysseus?

In order to speak to Odysseus, all of the spirits must wait for him to finish speaking with the spirit of Teiresias, the blind prophet who, alone, can tell him how to get back to Ithaca. To speak…

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  • FRINDLE

What is an example in chapter 13 of Andrew Clements’s Frindle that supports the statement,…

In chapter 13 of Andrew Clements’s Frindle, the narrator comments that “frindle-mania was over” because there is no longer an ongoing battle between school staff and students concerning the word….

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  • THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

In The Catcher in the Rye, why does Holden keep wandering in Central Park?

The main reason Holden keeps wandering around Central Park is that he can’t go home yet. Holden has just been kicked out of his fourth school, and he leaves before Christmas vacation starts….

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  • HOOT

What does Mullet Fingers look like in the book?

When Roy first sees the running boy, who turns out to be Mullet Fingers, he is described as very tan, with blond hair, and a wiry build. He is wearing an old basketball jersey, dirty shorts, and no…

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