In The Odyssey, what is the correlation of family members between Agamemnon’s family and…

In The Odyssey, what is the correlation of family members between Agamemnon’s family and…

  • THE ODYSSEY

In The Odyssey, what is the correlation of family members between Agamemnon’s family and…

The two families are of significant comparison throughout the epic. Zeus begins the story with his lament for the death of Agamemnon. We are told of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus plotting the death…

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  • MATH

Why is there a degree symbol in Centigrade and Fahrenheit or why is there a small circle above on…

The small circle is the symbol for degrees. These are both measurements of temperature, although the value of a degree in one is different than the other. Freezing is 0 degrees Centrigrade and 32…

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  • TEACHERS

what can we do as teachers to provide for the psychological needs in montessori?The question is…

Since Montessori requires the teacher to take a “hands-off” approach, I would make sure to form good solid relationships with each child. Montessori in the traditional form can be isolating, so…

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  • THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

How does the narrative structure of The Catcher in the Rye impact its appeal?

The Catcher in the Rye is a first person narrative told through the eyes of the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. This structure adds to the appeal of the reader for many reasons. One reason is that…

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  • THE VIEW FROM SATURDAY

Why did Margaret think that kids have changed in “View From Saturday”?

Margaret Draper thinks that kids, and sixth graders in particular, have changed because instead of asking “Now what?”, they now are more apt to ask “So what?” Her comment refers to how the…

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  • THE DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC

In The Devil’s Arithmetic, who were the three Jews that were chosen to make up a full load?

The answer to this question can be found at the end of Chapter Eighteen of this powerful novel. Having been so fortunate up until this point in surviving and living one day at a time, Rivka,…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

can you describe a time when you realized you were behaving like your mother or father and how…

This is a brilliant question! 🙂 Yes, I am now a mother of three, and I oftentimes LONG for a ‘break’–a little bit of time to myself so that I am not so completely frazzled and stressed out. I am…

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  • THE BOOK: “AS SIMPLE AS SNOW”

Who are the characters in “As Simple as Snow?”

In this young adult novel by Gregory Galloway the main character is the narrator and remains unnamed. His telling of the story centers on the family of, well mostly the girl, Anna Cayne who wants…

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  • TWILIGHT

In Twilight, why isn’t Bella naturally averted to vampires like other humans are?

That is a very good question. We don’t really know why Bella isn’t afraid of vampires, or wearwolves for that matter. Bella has a strange way of looking at the world in general. Her mother,…

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  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Do you think the fairies play a provocative role in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”?Do you think the…

It depends what you mean by “fairies”, really. “Fairies” might mean the band of fairies, ruled over by Oberon and Titania, but not the fairies Shakespeare specifically names: Oberon, Titania and…

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  • LITERATURE

What is the relationship between fiction and socio-political conditions?What is the relationship…

Fiction produced is very often a reaction to something the author sees as a problem in one way or another. In some societies, it is not safe to directly criticize what is going on, and in others it…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

In Chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, what were Tom and Daisy saying to each other in the kitchen?Do…

At the end of chapter 7 of the “Great Gatsby,” we find Gatsby and Nick talking in the drive outside of Tom’s and Daisy’s house. Gatsby indicates that he is concerned for her and Nick tells him to…

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  • THE JILTING OF GRANNY WEATHERALL

In “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” what does she mean by saying her “bones felt loose”? Also,…

Granny is dying and the story is told through her semi-conscious mind. The fact that her bones are “loose” and the doctor is “floating like a balloon” are indicative of the way her mind is working….

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  • HISTORY

How did slavery monopolize politics and elections between 1820 and 1860?

Slavery began to cast its shadow upon American politics when it threatened to upset the balance of power in the Congress. When Missouri territory applied for statehood the question of slavery…

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  • THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

Why is the dramatic impact of humor on an audience important to the play, The Taming of the…

There is a long history of the humorous depiction of domestic violence in English drama. The puppet show characters Punch and Judy, which were brought to England in the seventeenth century, are an…

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  • EVERYDAY USE

What is the climax in “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker?

The climax of Walker’s story comes very close to the end. Dee has asked for the quilts that have been in the family, and Maggie has indicated she is willing to relinquish them. At that moment,…

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  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

How did Shakespeare deal with scenery in his plays?

Good question. He dealt with several ways. First, scenery was limited in that period’s theater, so he deal with it first by not having much of it. Second, he made up for this through his language….

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In Lord of the Flies, where do the boys get fresh water from on the island?

The boys get their water from a river that runs through the island. In chapter 5, page 91 in my edition, Ralph is speaking at the assembly after the fire has been left and extinguised, Golding…

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  • THE GIVER

In The Giver, name two euphemisms for death in Jonas’s society and also in our society.

Are you referring to euphemisms that we have for death in our society or in the society of the novel? If you are referring only to The Giver, there is one central euphemism that is used to describe…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In Chapter 4 of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in what way does Jem unintentionally get even with Scout?

In Chapter 4, Scout runs by the Radley house each day when she comes home from school. She is really afraid of what might be there. Finally, on the last day of school, Scout is with Jem and they…

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  • VIPERS’ TANGLE

In Vipers’ Tangle, what is the relationship between Louis and Janine?

Louis is old and bitter about his life and his family. He sees them as a “nest of vipers,” all trying to get an inheritance from him while pretending to be concerned about his health. Of all the…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

How much did the 1996 film of “Romeo and Juliet” earn?

The answer to your question – depending on what country you’re in! – is at the link to IMDB below. Hope it helps!

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

In Chapter 9 of The Outsiders, how are the winners of the rumble determined?

During the rumble in Chapter 9 between the Greasers and Socs, Ponyboy gets kicked in the head and suffers a concussion. Shortly after getting kicked in the head, Ponyboy hears someone yelling,…

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  • OEDIPUS REX

How is limitation of time used to raise tension in the play of “Oedipus Rex”?

Good question. The tightly focused time raises the tension in “Oedipus Rex” through two general methods. First and most simply, by focusing and compressing the action. Everything’s happening at…

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  • I STAND HERE IRONING

What are some of the things people outside the family tried to convince the narrator would be…

As she struggled with poverty, abandonment, inexperience, and exhaustion in raising her oldest daughter Emily, the narrator was often inundated with advice from people outside the family. There…

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  • AS YOU LIKE IT

Compare the characters of Rosalind and Celia in As You Like It.

Rosalind starts out with a secondary role demonstrated by the fact that Celia is the one who verbally encourages Orlando while he is wrestling Charles. After Rosalind is exiled by the Duke, she…

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  • MATH

How do you change a fraction into a decimal? e.g 1/3=_.___

A fraction is really a division problem. One-third means ONE divided into THREE parts. So, to find the decimal equivalent, do the division. 1 divided by 3 = 0.33333333 etc. In a case like this,…

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  • ASTRONOMY

Explain why the Moon exerts a greater tidal influence on the Earth than the Sun.

Even though the Sun is much farther away from the Earth than the Moon, it exerts a stronger gravitational pull because it is so huge. However, the sun exerts a smaller tidal influence on Earth…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

Was it a mistake from Ralph to allow Jack to be the leader of the hunter group?Was it a mistake…

That’s a tough question. We know that by choosing Jack, Ralph gives Jack a power base that Jack later uses to split and then take over the tribe. But you have to ask yourself what would have…

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  • THE CALL OF THE WILD

How are the Yeehats described in The Call of the Wild?

The author, Jack London, does not spend much time describing the Yeehats directly. Essentially, they are the tribe of Indians that massacred the group of goldminers of which John Thornton was a…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

In Act 3, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet, what does Mercutio say about Benvolio’s fighting habits?

It’s a hot day, and the “mad blood is stirring”, Benvolio says at the very start of the scene. Mercutio, it seems, is looking for a fight – actively looking for trouble, even though Benvolio has…

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  • BUSINESS

if good x has a price elasticity of demand equal to 2 and the price increases by 10% then by what…

20% decrease

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

In The Outsiders, why are Sodapop and Two-Bit thrown in jail after Darry had taught them acrobatics?

Darry taught Sodapop and Two-Bit and the rest of the boys acrobatics when he had taken a class at the Y one summer. He figured it would help them out in rumbles. Well, one day Soda and Two-Bit were…

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  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Analyze Titania’s infatuation for Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Well, we know it only happens because Oberon has anointed her eyes with the “love-in-idleness” flower. And, Shakespeare makes perfectly clear, it’s absolutely an on-sight reaction based on Bottom’s…

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  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Why are ideas put forward by the theatrical company in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” so humorous?

The mechanicals play, “Pyrimus and Thisby” is a wonderful satire on acting, even today. It is a playwright’s worst nightmare and that is what makes is so humorous. The audience laughs in the…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

In The Odyssey, in which chapter does Odyssey receive the immortal cloak? Odysseus is floating in…

In Chapter V, Ino, who is a sea goddess, is the one who provides Odysseus with a magic veil (some translations say scarf or cloak) that will keep him afloat when his raft disintegrates in the storm…

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  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

In Pride and Prejudice, to what extent does Elizabeth dismiss passion as a basis for marriage?

Elizabeth does not believe passion alone is a solid or appropriate foundation for marriage in Pride and Prejudice. It’s also true, though, that Elizabeth feels the same way about a dispassionate…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

In Chapter 18 of The Scarlet Letter, what is Dimmesdale’s response to Hester’s plea to leave the…

Dimmesdale agrees to leave with Hester but only because he feels he is “doomed,—wherefore should I not snatch the solace allowed to the condemned culprit before his execution.” “Thou wilt…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Can an arrest warrant allow officers to come into a home and search if a minor opens the door…

It looks like the last part of your question was left out, but the important issues are the following: Because the officers had an arrest warrant, they had the right to enter the home. Once…

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  • A ROSE FOR EMILY

In “A Rose for Emily”, how is Faulkner’s views of the North and the South demonstrated by the use…

The way that Faulkner presents the character of Homer Barron reveals his feelings about the North: they are brash invaders, barging into the genteel South, pushing aside time honored traditions…

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  • SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY

What is the connection among Aner Clute, Homer Clapp, and Lucius Atherton in “Spoon River…

Homer Clapp and Lucius Atherton both court Aner Clute. Aner Clute goes out with Homer Clapp but rebuffs his advances, preferring the attentions of Lucius Atherton, who is handsome and a dandy and…

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  • YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN

What final ambiguity surrounds “Young Goodman Brown”?

Hawthorne’s use of ambiguity permeates all of his work. Near the end of this story, he says: Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest and only dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting? Be…

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  • THE PIGMAN

In Chapter One of The Pigman, what line in this chapter shows that John does not hate school as…

I would say that more than one line shows John’s attitude, and that both are found near the end of the chapter. When he’s discussing the substitute teacher, he says the guy was “so enthusiastic”…

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  • BARN BURNING

Faulkner employes italics as a visual clue for the reader. What does this form of punctuation…

Many times during this short story by William Faulkner, the author uses italicized areas to highlight Sarty’s thoughts and feelings. Throughout the novel Sarty doesn’t always say what he is…

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  • HISTORY

Where does the Supreme Court’s authority to decide whether or not a law violates the Constitution…

In a speech delivered at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., in March of 2005, Chief Justice Scalia refers to this authority as Constitutional Interpretation. In…

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  • THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

I need to write a new ending to “The Pit And The Pendulum” using words that Poe would use so that…

First of all, you need to decide what kind of ending you are going to create. What are you going to have happen, instead of the ending that exists. Once you do, try creating a sort of outline for…

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  • CUPID AND PSYCHE

How is the story of Cupid and Psyche important in our daily lives?Can you give some situations?

I would focus on the moral mentioned in the middle of the story: “Love cannot live where there is no trust.” This is, of course, in reference to Cupid trusting that Psyche would never look upon…

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  • WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

Explain these lines from “Ode to Duty”….”I, loving freedom, and untried…Too blindly have…

This quotation is taken from William Wordsworth’s “Ode to Duty”. This poem was written later in Wordworth’s life, after he had written many romantic poems touting the virtues of freedom and…

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  • ALL MY SONS

How does Joe try to explain his behavior to Chris in Act 2 of All My Sons? After Chris finds out…

Joe explains that the had no choice but to accept the timetable that the military contract specified. If he did not meet the deadline for delivery on the parts, he could have lost the contract….

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

The relationship of the Proctors changes throughout “The Crucible.” How does this affect other…

The relationship of the Proctors is so important in this play. It is a play based on morals and integrity, both of which are not possessed by John Proctor in the beginning. Although he has come…

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