What are the literary themes and symbols in Zora Neale Hurston’s short story “Spunk”?

What are the literary themes and symbols in Zora Neale Hurston’s short story “Spunk”?

  • HISTORY

What does Benjamin Martin find that makes him rejoin the militia in the motion picture The Patriot?

In the popular Revolutionary War film The Patriot, Mel Gibson stars as Benjamin Martin (who is loosely based on the historical Francis Marion), a veteran of the French and Indian War. When the…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

How are Piggy’s glasses, the conch and the fire related to one another from a symbolic standpoint?

From a symbolic standpoint, the conch, fire and glasses are all representations of civilization, order and rational thought. A more nuanced interpretation is that they are representative of…

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  • SCIENCE

In the equation 3H2 + N2 = 2NH3: How many grams of hydrogen are consumed by the reaction of…

To solve this problem, use dimensional analysis to convert from grams of nitrogen to moles of nitrogen to moles of hydrogen to grams of hydrogen. The conversion factor you will use are the molar…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Regarding tolerance, Americans have been typicallyA. less supportive of extending rights to…

In general, people in the United States have been less supportive of extending rights to unpopular groups. This is not surprising as most people would naturally not mind if people they like have…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

What advantages and disadvantages might a jury have for an accused person?

The major advantage and disadvantage of a jury trial for an accused criminal are both rather similar. Juries are made up of lay people who are not trained in the law or in how to evaluate evidence…

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  • THE HOBBIT

In “The Hobbit”, what happens when Gandalf prepares to leap from the treetops in Chapter 6?

Near the end of Chapter 6, Gandalf, Bilbo and the dwarves have been driven up into a group of pine trees by hundreds of wargs, which are abnormally large and evil wolves, capable of speech and…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

How does George take social action to better the relationship between Lennie and himself in Of…

George has been Lennie’s caretaker for quite some time, ever since Lennie’s Aunt Clara died. Lennie has been a burden on George, who frequently laments that he could do better on his own. He…

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  • HISTORY

What issues created the most debate and need for the 3/5 Compromise?

The Three-Fifths Compromise was the result of agreement among the delegates at the Constitutional Convention that there would be a house in the new Congress where each state would receive a number…

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  • HISTORY

What did President Reagan do socially to end the Cold War?

President Reagan did a lot of the groundwork to help start the process to end the Cold War. A good deal of his efforts went into developing an open and honest friendship with the Mikhail Gorbachev,…

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  • THE NECKLACE

If you are Mathilde in “The Necklace” would you accept the invitation?

By “invitation”, we assume that you are referring to the invitation to attend the ball of the Ministry of Public Instruction, where Monsieur Loisel worked. The answer to the question may depend on…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Which of the following is NOT true regarding polling?A. A poll that showed Candidate X with 50…

The correct answer to this is Option A. Option A shows an incorrect understanding of what margin of error means. Margin of error does not refer to confidence levels. Let us look at what margin…

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  • LITERATURE

What are the themes and stylistic characteristics of Postmodern literature?

Postmodern literature has many distinct stylistic characteristics that set it apart from other styles of writing. “In many of these works, the authors abandon the concept of an ordered universe,…

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  • HISTORY

What hardships did colonists have to face once they settled in America?

Most early settlers in the North American colonies faced a similar set of challenges. Many, especially in the Chesapeake and the Carolinas, experienced diseases, including malaria and fevers. These…

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  • RELIGION

How can I write about a time when I felt or saw God’s presence in my life?

Many Christians struggle to point to a time when they have seen or felt God’s presence in their lives. However, there are a variety of personal experiences one can have with God, and the types of…

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  • HISTORY

How did the practice of lay investiture weaken the church?

Lay investiture is a practice in which a secular monarch appoints a religious official. This practice, however, was a contentious issue in the Middle Ages and resulted in a major conflict between…

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  • SCIENCE

There is a wide array of plant products, in the form of pills, powders, or teas, marketed as…

The debate between pharmaceutical remedies and natural remedies is not strictly black and white. While people feel strongly on both sides of the issue to the extent of excluding one or the other as…

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  • SCIENCE

Find the simplest formula of a compound that’s found to contain 32.38 g of Na, 22.65 g of S and…

The emprical formula is the simplest whole number ratio of moles of each element in a compound. To get this ratio we need to convert the amount of each element from grams to moles by dividing by…

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  • FRANKENSTEIN

Who narrates the first five chapters of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein?

The first five chapters (which do not include the letters) of the novel are narrated by Victor Frankenstein. He is telling his life story to Robert Walton. The book begins with letters, however,…

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  • LITERATURE

What discovery of nature does Equality make in Anthem?

Equality has been told all of his life that the Uncharted Forest is a dangerous place where men who escape the city go and never come back. It is considered dark and foreign from the city in which…

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  • SCIENCE

How do you know if an organism’s alleles are dominant or recessive?

The common practice for introductory genetics is to depict dominant alleles in capital letters, and recessive alleles in lowercase letters. Between A and a, you would know the A allele is dominant…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Write an essay about the racist events that happen in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

There are a great many instances of racism in the novel, so you might look at your assignment to see if your teacher wants you to develop a thesis about those events. If so, you will need to first…

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  • SCIENCE

What term describes the process of making RNA from a DNA template?

The process of turning DNA to RNA to be synthesized into cellular proteins is called DNA transcription. Transcription is the first step into creating proteins within cells. It begins by first…

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  • HISTORY

What is something that Frederick Douglass did?

Born in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was the son of a slave and an unknown white man. His early experiences as a slave were marked by brutality and extreme violence but,…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In Golding’s Lord of the Flies, how does Ralph represent law and order on the island?

Ralph himself, in terms of his physical presence and symbolic power among the boys, represents a type of law and order, but the majority of this quality comes through his actions, or lack of them….

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  • SCIENCE

How can you calculate the density of matter in the universe at different redshifts?…

Red shift is an interesting phenomenon astronomers use to tell whether objects, such as galaxies, are moving toward us or moving away from us. As the object moves away from us, it tends to stretch…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In Golding’s Lord of the Flies, how does Piggy show “intellectual daring”? Why is this so…

The specific phrase “intellectual daring” appears once, in reference to Piggy’s suggestion that the fire be relocated from the mountain to the beach. Only Piggy could have the intellectual daring…

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  • THE HELP

In The Help, is Aibileen considered the protagonist?

In The Help, I believe that there are two protagonists. I feel that Aibileen and Skeeter are both protagonists. A protagonist in a story is the leading or main character. I feel that it is too…

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  • HISTORY

Give me three examples that explain the differences between the Constitution and the Articles of…

There are several differences between the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. One difference is the government under the Constitution has the power to levy taxes. There were serious…

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  • FREAK THE MIGHTY

What truly happened to Kevin?

Quite simply, Kevin dies as a result of his birth defect (technically called Morquio Syndrome) when he reaches his thirteenth birthday. On Kevin’s birthday, Max is a bit worried when Kevin does…

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  • EVERYDAY USE

In “Everyday Use,” why does Alice Walker use quotation marks around the word “choose” in the…

In the following sentence from “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker uses quotation marks around the word “choose”: “She wrote me once that no matter where we ‘choose’ to live, she will manage to come see…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What are some quotes about perspective from Atticus Finch, and where are they located in the…

There are several scenes throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird where Atticus talks about perspective. In Chapter 3, Scout is upset when she returns home from school because her teacher, Miss…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

In The Crucible, for which two reasons did Giles Corey go to court?

There are a number of references (specifically stated by himself) to Giles having been in court for a variety of matters. Giles had an above-average knowledge of the law and had been constantly…

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  • THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL

In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Minister’s Black Veil,” why does a deputation from his…

A deputation from the Reverend Hooper’s church wishes to speak to him because the congregation feels that he will cause a scandal if he continues to wear the veil. However, after an disconcerting…

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  • LITERATURE

What is the meaning of “Into The Woods” by Dorothy Baker? What figures of speech are used in this…

“Into the Woods” by Dorothy Baker is a light-hearted poem in which the narrator describes spending a day enjoying the woods outside of town. The author begins the poem by asking the narrator a…

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  • THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

In “The Masque of the Red Death,” would the prince be a good friend? Why?

The answer to this question really depends on whether or not the friend in question has the “Red Death” or not. If the friend is “hale and light-hearted,” then he or she would likely be among the…

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  • HISTORY

Explain how competition for control of territory and resources led to the French and Indian War.

Throughout the history of the world, most wars occur for an economic reason. Countries compete for wealth and resources that are usually found in the land they are quarreling over. This was never…

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  • SCIENCE

A collection of 100 identical marbles having a total mass of 125g are poured into a graduated…

Let’s start with the volume of the marbles. Water displacement is a common way to find the volume of irregularly shaped objects. The amount by which the level of the water rises when an object is…

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  • HISTORY

What was Stalin’s effect on Russian politics?

Perhaps no leader in Russia did more to quiet political discussion and debate than Josef Stalin. Due to his desire to stay in power and his severe paranoia, he killed or exiled political rivals or…

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  • SCIENCE

Where did the ER and the Golgi originate from?

There are differing theories on the origination and development of the organelles, such as the Golgi body and endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Two of these theories are identified below. One theory is…

  • HISTORY

What was the extent of the Ottoman Empire?

The Ottoman Empire was the very large Turkish realm between the years of 1239 and 1923. It started in the northwest part of Turkey with the establishment of Istanbul as the capital. By 1450, the…

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  • REFERENCE

What is the difference between centralized and decentralized probation?

Centralized probation has a system which has a supervisory personnel that follows what happens at the state level. The supervisory personnel works the same in every state which controls each…

  • FRANKENSTEIN

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, what is the connection between Justine and Victor?

Justine was adopted by Victor’s mother when she was twelve. She later became the servant of the household until Victor’s mother died. Justine was loved by her father but upon his demise, her…

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  • HISTORY

How did the Cold War affect life in the United States?

The Cold War affected life in the United States in many ways. One way was that it led to immense and unprecedented levels of military spending. The US military was relatively small in times of…

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  • 1984

What are some of Winston and Julia’s differences in 1984?

At the beginning of 1984, Winston Smith is a low level bureaucrat who makes his living altering historical records at the Ministry of Truth. Though an unassuming man, he is keenly aware of the…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

How does Shakespeare use figurative language to describe Romeo’s feelings for Juliet?

A couple of the best examples of Shakespeare’s use of figurative language to display Romeo’s love for Juliet can be found in Act 2, Scene 2. Romeo’s speech at the beginning of this scene, upon…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

Are there any quotes that show Napoleon as a bad leader?

Animal Farm is littered with quotes which show Napoleon as a bad and self-interested leader. After the Rebellion in Chapter Two, Napoleon’s rise to absolute power is characterised by violence and…

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  • 1984

Why does Winston pick flowers in 1984?

In Part Two, Chapter Two, Winston heads out of town and into the countryside where he has arranged to meet with the dark-haired girl, Julia. Waiting for her to arrive, Winston finds himself…

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  • UNWIND

Why does Lev struggle with Connor after Connor pulls him from the backseat of Pastor Dan’s car?

The sequence that you are asking about occurs fairly early in the novel Unwind. Lev is being taken by his parents and Pastor Dan to be unwound. Lev is completely complacent and willing in this…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In what ways do Scout and Jem mature as a result of their interactions with Mrs. Dubose in…

In Chapter 11, the children learn a valuable lesson in what real courage is. Prior to their experience with Mrs. Dubose, the children had a narrow perspective on what type of person she was. Jem…

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  • ZORA NEALE HURSTON

What are the literary themes and symbols in Zora Neale Hurston’s short story “Spunk”?

This story of Hurston’s has a few central themes, some of which overlap: cowardice, marriage (with a focus on adultery), aggression, and even power. Cowardice is seen from the beginning when Joe,…

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