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  • NIGHT

In Night, how long were author Elie Wiesel and his father at Auschwitz, and where did they go…

In Elie Wiesel’s Night, Elie and his family were first taken to Birkenau, the reception center for Auschwitz, one of the notoriously terrible death camps during the Holocaust. Elie and his father…

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  • A DOLL’S HOUSE

Is Nora acquainted with Dr.Rank?

In Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Nora has only two visitors to her home–Mrs. Linde and Dr. Rank. Mrs. Linde is someone from Nora’s past who comes to ask for help as she is newly widowed and has no one…

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  • POCHO

In the novel Pocho, where is Mary moving to?

First, let’s slip in a very important fact. Pocho, by Jose Antonio Villareal, was published in 1959 and it is regarded as the first novel of its kind. It is the first novel that deals in detail…

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  • EDUCATION

What recommendations can you give to educators regarding the sociological foundations of education?

Let us start by differentiating between informal education (the natural ability of the brain to gather experience and data into meaningful patterns) and those “formal” education instruments…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What quotes illustrate Romeo and Juliet’s awareness of their forbidden love? How do the Nurse and…

Juliet says after she first meets Romeo and discovers he is a Montague: “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me,…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

In A Christmas Carol how did Scrooge change when his girlfriend left him and how did their…

The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Ebenezer an encounter with Belle, his former fiancee. In the memory, Belle breaks off her engagement to Scrooge, citing the fact that love of money has overtaken…

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  • A ROSE FOR EMILY

When was “A Rose for Emily” published?

“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner was first published in 1930 in an issue of The Forum, a literary magazine. It has since been published in numerous collections, and is used for many high…

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  • HISTORY

Why was Samoset so important to the history of the Plymouth Colony?

Samoset was the first native to meet the Pilgrims when they landed in Plymouth. Imagine their astonishment when Samoset greeted them using the English language. He had learned to speak English from…

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  • SCIENCE

How big (in mm) would a red blood cell 7 µm in diameter appear when viewed? The eyepiece lens of…

A compound microscope has two spherical lenses which work together to magnify the view of an object. The microscope’s eyepiece or ocular is the top lens. It usually has a magnification of 10X, as…

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  • THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

How come Holden says “goodby” instead of “goodbye” in Catcher in the Rye?

This is an interesting question for an interesting novel. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye takes on a three-day journey that ulitmately leads the protagonist Holden Caulfield and his readers…

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  • A SEPARATE PEACE

In A Separate Peace, what does Gene have taped above his bed?

In Chapter 11 of A Separate Peace, Gene has taped pictures which create the illusion of his having come from the gentry of the South: plantation mansions, old trees with Spanish moss hanging from…

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  • SCIENCE

How do plant cells differ from animal cells?

There are a number of differences between plant and animal cells, especially with respect to the presence or absence of organelle. Cell wall: is present in plant cell and is absent in animal…

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  • HISTORY

How should World War One be remembered?

How World War I should be remembered is of course a matter of opinion. What we can say is the way it is actually remembered. World War I is remembered as a brutal conflict, a bloody stalemate where…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

I need a summary of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Old Major, a boar, gathers the animals together after a dream he had. He tells the animals that they need to work towards freedom from their human oppressors. He says things like, humans are the…

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  • THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER

In “The Devil and Tom Walker”, what would you expect to find in the forest as the story begins? Why?

What one “should expect” is, of course, a matter of opinion, and we should take caution with questions and interpretations such as these that we do not develop an overly strong imperative that a…

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  • THE BLACK CAT

In the story “The Black Cat” by Edger Allen Poe, what happened when the narrator tapped on the…

Toward the end of the story “The Black Cat” the narrator does more than just tap on the brick. He describes his actions as “rapping heavily” upon the brick wall with a cane. At this point, the…

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  • HISTORY

Who were patricians and plebeians?

The terms patricians and plebeians refer to the socio-political structure of Ancient Rome. The patricians were the aristocracy of Rome. They ranked just below the emperor and his family. Patricians…

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  • LITERATURE

Why does Chinua Achebe tell us the story of how Chike’s parents were married in the middle of…

In the middle of the story, Chinua Achebe relates the circumstances surrounding the marriage of Chike’s parents in order to provide us some sort of context for Chike’s seemingly strange habits….

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  • HISTORY

What are 5 reasons that the Renaissance occurred?

The Renaissance, or Rebirth, was a cultural movement which began in Italy in the late fourteenth century and spread over the next few centuries to the rest of Europe. There are a number of reasons…

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  • HISTORY

Why did the Texans start to dislike Mexican rule?

When Americans moved to Texas in the 1820s, they were anxious to get land grants from the Mexican government. In order to get these land grants they had to agree to become Mexican citizens, learn…

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  • LITERATURE

In “Chike’s School Days” what shocks Elizabeth so much that she nearly dies, and what does she do…

In Chike’s School Days, Elizabeth is so upset by her son’s announcement of his impending marriage to an Osu that the ‘shock nearly killed her.’ In the old days in Nigeria, Osu were a people set…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

What is Ralph’s main conflict in Lord of the Flies?

Ralph’s main conflict in the novel Lord of the Flies is competing against the savage human nature while he attempts to maintain a civil society focused on survival and rescue. Ralph struggles to…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What does Atticus think of Boo?

Always respectful of everyone, Atticus feels that Arthur Radley’s privacy should not be invaded by the children, and he understands that Boo is a mockingbird, who should not be harmed by the…

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  • ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

In Arsenic and Old Lace, when does Act II take place?

The play Arsenic and Old Lace takes place on a September day in “present time,” which, when it was written, was 1939. The play opens in the afternoon. Act II of the play takes place “later that…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What are some examples of mood in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird?

Mood refers to the feelings writers evoke in their readers through word choices as well as through the setting and themes of the story. Since Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is realistic in the…

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  • PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT

How does Alex Portnoy’s unresolved Oedipal dynamic express itself in his relationship with The…

The Pumpkin is basically the opposite of Sophie Portnoy in manner, looks, religion, character, and homelife. Alex Portnoy’s mother, Sophie, has dominated his life from the time he was a baby. Late…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

Why do Romeo and Juliet both think that Romeo’s banishment is worse than death?

Romeo is banished from Verona by the Prince, at the risk of forfeiting his life if he should return. This is punishment for Romeo killing Tybalt, a Capulet, in a duel in vengeance for the death of…

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  • A CHRISTMAS MEMORY

What is the woman’s heart compared to in “A Christmas Memory”?

In Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” he ends the story with these words, That is why, walking across a school campus on this particular December morning, I keep searching the sky. As if I…

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  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, why is Elizabeth pleased to find that Miss de Bourgh is…

By Chapter 28 of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice when Elizabeth sees Miss Anne de Bourgh for the first time, Elizabeth has already formed a very negative opinion of Darcy. She has already decided…

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  • GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

The job of coordinating the intelligence community belongs to the A. director of the CIA B….

Prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the correct answer to the question — which among the following positions is responsible for coordinating the intelligence community — would…

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  • SCIENCE

Explain how a force may produce a change in size or shape of an object?

An external force may cause a change in the state of motion, size and shape of an object. The force may cause a change in the internal arrangement of molecules making up the object and depending…

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  • THE NIGHT THOREAU SPENT IN JAIL

In The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Lawrence and Lee, why does Henry experience a nightmare?

Too much is going on. Too many issues are swirling around in Henry’s head. He learns that a runaway slave he had helped has been caught and killed. He is also disappointed by the behavior of his…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Executive agencies in charge of setting foreign policy are A. the least democratic and the least…

I do not believe that C is the right answer. The US has not been terribly concerned with communism since the end of the Cold War over two decades ago. The most likely answer to this question is…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

How does Shakespeare make Act 3, Scene 2 in The Merchant of Venice particularly dramatic…

This is the scene where Bassanio wants to take his chances with the caskets to win Portia’s hand in marriage. Portia begs him to wait a month or so because she’s having a great time with Bassanio…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

The Department of Defense is in charge of A. developing and manufacturing weapons. B….

Of the options given here, the best answer is that the Department of Defense is in charge of protecting the United States from external threats. However, I would suggest that you check your class…

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

What are the effects of materialism on Pip?

Though Pip was born in a working-class environment, he is still used to some measure of comfort. He is not hungry or cold, but he does not have as much as he learns to want. With his introduction…

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  • SMITH

Lord Tom – is he a hero or a villain? How can I support my decision that he is one or the other?

Leon Garfield’s Lord Tom is certainly an enigmatic character. In order to determine whether he is a hero or a villain, we must first define what these terms mean in literary fiction. The villain is…

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  • MACBETH

In Act Two, Scene 2, who seems to be more courageous, Macbeth or Lady Macbeth?

In Act Two, Scene 2, Macbeth exits Duncan’s chamber and tells his wife that he committed the murder. He is clearly shaken and laments about his actions. Macbeth looks down at his bloody hands and…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Countries of the world today are more interdependent in terms of A. human rights. B. economics….

While economics seems to be, on the surface, the most obvious way countries interact, the question asks about “interdependent,” and with that area emphasized, answers C And E deserve…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Concerning declarations of war, the A. power to declare war rests with the president only. B….

The answer to this question can be found in Clause 11 of Section 8 in Article I of the Constitution of the United States. That clause says that one of the powers that Congress has is the power…

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  • NICKEL AND DIMED: ON (NOT) GETTING BY IN AMERICA

In Nickel and Dimed, what rule does Ehrenreich break and why does she break it in the chapter…

In Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America Barbara Ehrenreich goes undercover to see how people living at minimum wage live. As she begins the project she sets three rules for herself….

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  • SCIENCE

What is the purpose of cellular respiration?

Cellular respiration is the process by which cells consume glucose and oxygen, and break it down into carbon dioxide and water. The process also generates ATP or adenosine triphosphate molecules….

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  • SCIENCE

What does placebo mean?

The word placebo comes from the Latin and means I shall please. The placebo effect is a positive response to the placebo (their condition is improved) despite the fact that the placebo is inert….

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  • SCIENCE

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

That is an interesting question. Unfortunately there are too many variables involved to get a definitive answer. One variable is the size of the Tootsie Pop. I’m sure the Tootsie Pop company…

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  • A MODEST PROPOSAL

In “A Modest Proposal,” what social advantages will Squires (i.e., landlords) have from this new…

In “A Modest Proposal,” Jonathan Swift proposes, in a satirical way, a solution for the starvation of the poor in his native country, Ireland. Swift says that a perfect solution to this…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

Who was the informant on Montag’s home?

In Part III, Montag finds himself at his house with Beatty and the firemen. Beatty is lecturing him and places him under arrest. Montag supposes that Mildred saw him hide the books in the garden….

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  • BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

What is the mood of the book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking?

This question is an unusual one, because we often think of “mood” as applying only to works of fiction. Blink is a non-fiction book that describes true events and then analyzes how their…

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  • HAMLET

In Hamlet, is there any interplay between how individuals perceive themselves and how they are…

Yes. The idea of acting and perception are key themes in Hamlet and many other plays of Shakespeare’s. The play revolves around Hamlet, the young prince. He continually deceives others and himself…

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  • SCIENCE

A liquid has a ……..?

A liquid has a fixed volume, like solids but unlike gases. Solid, liquid and gases are three states of matter (plasma is the fourth one). Liquids are classified by a fixed volume and a variable…

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  • BROWN GIRL, BROWNSTONES

Explain how Silla, in Paule Marhall’s Brown Girl, Brownstones, was able to sell Deighton’s…

Early in Paule Marshall’s novel Brown Girl, Brownstones, Deighton is delighted to learn that he has inherited form his deceased sister a plot of land or, as he refers to it, a “piece of…

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