What could the broken tree represent in Saki’s short story, “The Interlopers?”

What could the broken tree represent in Saki’s short story, “The Interlopers?”

  • THE LOTTERY

How does the author use foreshadowing to increase suspense in the first four paragraphs of “The…

The author uses foreshadowing a couple of times in the first three paragraphs to show how a seemingly pristine summer day with laughing and playing children is not necessarily what it seems. The…

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  • HISTORY

In ‘The Crisis’ by Thomas Paine, who are the “summer soldiers” and “sunshine patriots?”

This quote is taken from the opening lines of Paine’s famous pamphlet, The Crisis: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis,…

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  • HISTORY

What is a tax on imports?

A tax on imports is a tax placed on products made in other countries and then brought into the United States. Import taxes can serve several purposes. One purpose is to protect American industries….

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  • HISTORY

What was the impact of Hernan Cortes? 1 image

“I and my companions suffer from a disease of the heart which can be cured only with gold.”-Hernan Cortes Hernan Cortes was the Spanish conquistador that destroyed the empire of the Aztecs and…

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  • HISTORY

During the First Continental Congress what decision was made by the colonists in regards to their…

The First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in September 1774. This group met in response to the passage of the Intolerable Acts. These laws punished the colonists, especially those in…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

What Puritan trait do Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth share in The Scarlet Letter? Explain…

Although there are some scholars who question whether Roger and Hester are actually Puritans, there is enough evidence to show that they hold at least one Puritan trait that they both share. This…

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  • THE SCARLET IBIS

In “The Scarlet Ibis” what is Doodle’s given name when he was born?

In the “Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the child is not named at birth, as he is not expected to survive. “Everybody thought he was going to die.” The narrator, Brother, says, “He was born…

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  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

How has Shakespeare changed the world?

Shakespeare is certainly the most significant writer in the history of the English language and one of a handful of the most significant who ever lived. His plays have been translated into nearly…

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  • RAYMOND’S RUN

What conflicts does the narrator of “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara face?

Squeaky, the narrator of “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara, faces several conflicts in the story. First of all, she is responsible for her mentally handicapped brother, Raymond, and that creates…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

What does Elizabeth mean when she says: “Oh, the noose, the noose is up!”?

In this part of the play, Elizabeth and John had been discussing the trial in Salem when Mary Warren returns from Salem. As Mary has been an “official of the court,” they begin to berate her…

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  • HISTORY

In the Spanish American war, what was Spain’s biggest strength?

In the Spanish-American War (1898), Spain was woefully ill prepared for war against the United States. The one strength Spain had over the US was the number of troops stationed in Cuba. However,…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

How has Hale changed since he came back to Salem in Act IV?

At the end of Act Two, Reverend Hale — though shaken by recent accusations against Rebecca Nurse and others — still very much supports the courts in Salem. He tells John Proctor, Giles Corey, and…

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  • LITERATURE

How can I cite these in MLA format? An Internet article with no author called “Famous Greek…

Famous Greek Battles. Theoi Greek Mythology. N.p., June 14, 1999. Web. 12 Jan. 2004. Unfortunately, there are no instructions for how to cite a YouTube video in the MLA style. However, I would…

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  • HISTORY

What were some great things that the Assyrians left behind? 1 image

The Assyrians were devoted to the art of warfare. They had the largest standing army in the history of the Middle East. Much of their legacy revolves around warfare. They were the first to organize…

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  • THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

Summarize chapters 6 to 10 of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas tells the tragic story of the potential effects of the second world war on children, and in this story in particular, the children of both Nazi commandants and Jewish…

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  • HISTORY

What was the context of the small farmers’ demand for more political power in the Confederacy…

Small farmers demanded more political power in the Confederacy during the Civil War because of the stranglehold of “King Cotton” on southern society. King Cotton was not one person, but the term…

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  • HISTORY

What did Hernan Cortes and his forces do to Tenochtitlan after conquering the Aztec empire? 1 image

The conquistador Hernan Cortes defeated the Aztecs in 1521. After the Spanish forces and their allies savagely pillaged the remnants of the city, Cortes had Tenochtitlan completely leveled to the…

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  • LITERATURE

What is the meaning of the essay The Ritual of Fast Food?

The essay is meant to describe how fast-food came into being and how it has changed since that beginning. It also works hard to describe the amazing level of “sameness” that is desired by consumers…

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  • HISTORY

After the war began did Roosevelt follow an interventionist or isolationist policy?

If we are talking about President Franklin D. Roosevelt, he clearly followed an interventionist policy after the beginning of World War II. Many people in the United States continued to believe in…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In chapter 9, what are the reasons Atticus gives Scout for defending Tom Robinson?

Atticus tells Scout he’s defending Tom Robinson for several reasons. Among other things, he has a good character reference: “He’s a member of Calpurnia’s church, and Cal knows his family well. She…

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  • HISTORY

How did Feudalism use land?

Feudalism was the dominant political and economic system in Europe in the Middle Ages. Land was at the heart of this unique system and was used to ensure loyalty and to bind people together. At the…

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  • HISTORY

What are two major foreign policy events of the Cold War?

There are several major foreign policy events of the Cold War. One of them was the development of the policy of containment. Containment was a policy designed to stop the spread of communism. The…

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  • HISTORY

How does a free enterprise economic system differ from a communist economic system?

In a communist economic system, the government controls most aspects of the economy. People have far less freedom in terms of making economic choices. A communist government generally develops…

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  • HISTORY

What are the major achievements that Julius Caesar accomplished?

Julius Caesar was something of a Renaissance man. He was a noted orator and statesman, and an excellent military leader and historian. Among his chief accomplishments are his perfect war record,…

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  • HISTORY

What was wrong with the timing of the Reconstruction Era?

This sounds like a question that must have come from something your teacher said in class. It is certainly not common to say that Reconstruction failed because of its timing. I suggest that you…

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  • HISTORY

Why did the United States stay away at the beginning but then join WWII?

The United States was neutral at the start of World War II. However, we eventually joined the war on the side of the Allies. We were neutral when the war began because we didn’t want to get…

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  • THE GIVER

What does “climate control” mean in The Giver?

In Chapter 11, the Giver transmits the first of many memories to Jonas, one of sledding down a hill in snow. Jonas does not know what snow is, nor what hillsides are. We learn that when the…

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  • THE TELL-TALE HEART

What would be a companion poem for the story “The Tell-Tale Heart”?

You might consider the poem “Porphyria’s Lover” by Robert Browning. It is a narrative poem, so it tells a story, and the story centers on the murder of a woman whose appearance and beauty is of…

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  • ONCE UPON A TIME

How do you create an eight-frame storyboard that summarizes “Once Upon a Time” by Nadine Gordimer?

Creating a storyboard is a way of visually summarizing the key elements of a story. To create a storyboard for “Once Upon a Time” that has eight frames, you would look through the story for changes…

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  • HISTORY

How were the Americans colonies able to defeat England which was the most powerful country?

The American victory in the Revolutionary War was a huge upset. There were several factors that led to this happening. The British had poor military leadership. Many of their generals got their…

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  • THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

In what sense is a “true” war story actually true?

In “How to Tell a True War Story,” Tim O’Brien tells of an incident in Vietnam in which his buddy “Rat” Kiley watched a friend blown to bits because he stepped on a booby-trapped 105 round, then…

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  • GATHERING BLUE

What are the rules that govern the village that are unfair in Gathering Blue?

One of the most glaringly unfair rules of Kira’s village is that only boys and men are allowed to learn to read and write. No explanation is given for such an arbitrary and sexist practice. Another…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How does Atticus’ explanation of rape to Scout enhance his image as a father?

This is a great question. It is best to start with the quote: He sighed, and said rape was carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent. “Well if that’s all it is why did…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

How is Lennie in conflict with nature in Of Mice and Men?

Lennie, the not-so-gentle giant with the brain of a child, has several conflicts which have gotten him, as well as his friend and guardian George, in a lot of trouble. Lennie versus his own…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

What motivates Goody Putnam to see the devil so quickly and so exclusively?

Mrs. Putnam is quick to identify the Devil at work in Salem because her one surviving child, Ruth, has taken sick after going to conjure spirits in the forest the night before. Mrs. Putnam says,…

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  • GATHERING BLUE

What are expectations vs. realities of the rules in Gathering Blue?

I’m not sure whether you mean “expectations” or “exceptions” in this question, but I think the answer is the same. During Kira’s trial, Vandara accuses her and invokes the rules of the society to…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What “subtle change” does Scout notice in Atticus?

In Chapter 16, Scout mentions that she had begun to notice a “subtle change” in her father that came out when he spoke to Aunt Alexandra. The subtle change Scout is referring to, is Atticus’…

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  • THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

In The Taming of the Shrew, when Sly first meets his wife, what does he ask her to do?

In Taming of the Shrew, Sly is a drunkard who has just been kicked out of an inn for breaking glasses and not paying for them. When the hostess goes off to fetch the law, he falls asleep, whereupon…

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  • RIP VAN WINKLE

Compare and contrast “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” How are the stories of…

Knickerbocker (the narrator of both tales) tells the reader that Ichabod Crane’s name (Crane) fits his physical appearance. He is very tall and skinny. He has large ears, a big nose, and feet “that…

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  • BEOWULF

What are the examples from Beowulf that show it is an epic?

Beowulf meets the characteristics of the epic poem in several ways. First, the character of Beowulf is not a commoner. He is of noble blood and is a man with authority over others. Eventually he…

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  • THE CITY OF EMBER

What is the point of view used by author Jeanne DuPrau in The City of Ember?

Author Jeanne DuPrau primarily uses the third-person point of view throughout The City of Ember. However, her story also has two protagonists, Lina and Doon. A protagonist is a main character who…

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  • RIP VAN WINKLE

Discuss how “The Country Husband” and “Rip Van Winkle” are basically the same story . . . or at…

Both stories take place in New York state. Diedrich Knickerbocker notes that “Rip Van Winkle” has to do with Dutch history. Francis Weed, the narrator in “The Country Husband,” returns to the…

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  • SPEECH IN THE VIRGINIA CONVENTION OF DELEGATES

In his speech in the Virginia Convention of Delegates, what does Henry say is the only way of…

In March of 1775, the delegates met at St. John’s Church to discuss what to do about the British. The conservative delegates wanted to give King George III time to respond to their latest letters…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

What internal conflict do you imagine both Odysseus and Penelope are facing in The Odyssey? Are…

Although I do not believe Homer overtly alludes to it, I imagine Odysseus and Penelope are each wondering how time has changed the other and whether the other has remained faithful to him/her. Due…

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  • OTHELLO

What were Iago’s complaints in Scene 1?

Iago’s first complaint about (General) Othello is that Othello knew Iago wanted to be his lieutenant. Iago had even gone to the trouble to get “three great ones of the city” to speak with Othello…

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  • THE PEDESTRIAN

What ominous fact about this future society is foreshadowed, or hinted at by the “buckling…

The buckling sidewalk Bradbury describes in “The Pedestrian” shows a couple of things about the society. First of all, the sidewalks aren’t being used by the people in this city. People…

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

What is the irony of Montressor’s apparent concern for Fortunato’s health?

Irony is a state of affairs, a comment, or an event that is contrary to what you expect. We know from the beginning of the story that Montresor hates Fortunato (“The thousand injuries of Fortunato…

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  • LITERATURE

What do you think the seaferer is searching for?

Scholars disagree on this question, but the poem seems to indicate that the seafarer is ultimately searching for heaven. He does, however, pine for the open oceans in the same way Tennyson’s…

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  • THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER

What and where is the setting in “The Devil and Tom Walker”?

The setting is simply the place that the literary action occurs, although a better and more thorough definition usually includes the time and mood as well. Sometimes the setting is compared to…

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  • THE INTERLOPERS

What could the broken tree represent in Saki’s short story, “The Interlopers?”

This is a great question. Sometimes in short stories, we forget to look for meaning in symbols. The broken tree means that the men were the true interlopers, which is ironic, because this idea…

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