What is Good Friday, and how does it relate to Raphael’s death?

What is Good Friday, and how does it relate to Raphael’s death?

  • THE SCARLET LETTER

How did Dimmesdale respond to Pearl’s question in The Scarlet Letter?

In The Scarlet Letter, the most important exchange of information that occurs between Pearl and her (unbeknownst to her) father, Reverend Dimmesdale, takes place in chapter 12, “The Minister’s…

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  • SCIENCE

How do cells use glucose for energy?

Glucose is converted to energy molecules, ATP (adenosine triphosphate) by the process of cellular respiration. The chemical reaction involved in cellular respiration is given as:

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  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

What are the rising action, the turning points, and the resolution in Pride and Prejudice?

The turning point in a story is officially called the climax. The climax occurs the moment a story’s conflict reaches its point of greatest intensity and the story’s resolution is in sight. All…

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  • THE DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC

What happens to Yitzchak in Chapter 19 of The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen?

Yitzchak is one of the male villagers taken with Chaya/Hannah to the concentration camp by the Nazis in 1942. The simple answer to your question is that, according to Chapter 19, Yitzchack moves…

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  • REFERENCE

How do you rewrite the following sentence without using figurative language? “Lana eats books…

Figurative language can be defined as language that is not meant to be understood literally. Instead, it is language where you are saying things that are not literally true in order to get a point…

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  • ANTIGONE

In the play Antigone, which characters have hamartia and hubris?

In Antigone, Creon has hamartia and exhibits hubris. Creon is a new king in Thebes, so he is a bit insecure regarding his position among the people. As a result, Creon gets wrapped up in proving…

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  • MACBETH

What literary devices were in Macbeth Act V Scene V?

“Literary devices” is a broad term. I see many poetic/rhetorical devices in this scene. To wit: Personification: “Our castle’s strength / Will laugh a siege to scorn.” Neither a castle nor its…

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  • THE INTERLOPERS

How do the Gradwitz receive all the land they have?

The opening of the short story gives the background information. According to Saki, the Gradwitz family obtained all the land through a famous lawsuit, two generations removed. Now Ulrich…

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

One of the ironies of “The Cask of Amontillado” is that Fortunato contributes to his own end. In…

In Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” Fortunato contributes to his own death mainly through his inebriation. The narrator has “borne as best [he] could” “the thousand injuries of Fortunato,” and vows…

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  • SCIENCE

What is the main goal of science?

The main goal of science is to further our understanding of the processes taking place around us and to study their impacts on us and the environment (and on each other). Making beneficial uses of…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

On what page of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird did Atticus point out that Bob Ewell was…

On pages 179 and 180 of the edition of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, consulted for this purpose — a paperback edition “Published by arrangement with McIntosh and Otis, Inc.” –…

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  • MACBETH

How is prophecy the driving force and motivation behind MacBeth throughout the story?

While Macbeth himself calls his own flaw “…vaulting ambition that o’erleaps itself…” (I, vi), a closer scrutiny shows that his belief in prophecy provided by witches to be the real driving…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Where is the symbolism in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Perhaps the most important symbol to discuss in To Kill A Mockingbird is the symbolism behind the mockingbird. The title is more than just a title but is a symbol for what is to come in the story….

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  • SCIENCE

How old does the average cow live?

The life span of an average cow is about 20-25 years, if it is allowed to live its full life. Generally, cows are bred for milking and/or beef production. Once the cows that are bred for milking…

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  • OEDIPUS REX

If the answer to the Sphinx’s riddle is not just man but Oedipus himself, may the answer to…

The answer that Oedipus gives to the Sphinx is indeed a universal one. All humans start out as babies completely dependent upon their elders for their very survival, mature and develop strength and…

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  • HISTORY

He organized the first attempted British settlement in the New World

The man who organised the first attempt at a British settlement of the colonies was Sir Walter Raleigh. He was a politician and courtier who wanted to settle America so as to extend England’s land…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

Why did John Steinbeck choose Of Mice and Men as the title for his novel?

The title of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men foreshadows the tragic events of the novel. Steinbeck derived the title from the poem “To a Mouse” by Scottish poet Robert Burns. In the poem, a…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrinheit 451, what are the comments that Mildred and her friends made on the…

In Ray Bradbury’s fictional depiction of a futuristic, dystopian society governed by an autocratic regime that has banned books and strictly controls all forms and sources of information,…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

In A Christmas Carol, who does Scrooge wish he can speak to after seeing himself as a lonely boy?

In the first stave of A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge an image of himself as a young boy at school. This evokes a painful response from Scrooge who remembers the…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

How do you think Johnny felt when Ponyboy yelled at him? Why?

Johnny probably felt incredibly betrayed when Ponyboy gets angry and yells at him. Johnny comes from a home life where he is treated terribly, and he is living in a society where he isn’t…

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  • A WRINKLE IN TIME

How was the experience of tessering with Meg’s father different from tessering with Mrs. Whatsit,…

Mr. Murry is a relative newcomer when it comes to tessering. After all, it was his lack of control of tessering that landed him on Camazotz in the first place. He was evidently not able to do it…

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  • HISTORY

Can you explain a little bit about the colonization of the west?

The Transcontinental Railroad to the West was completed in the United States after the Civil War in 1869. This opened up huge areas for settlement and economic development. White settlers from the…

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  • SANDRA CISNEROS

In what ways does Cisneros’s description of herself at that age represent a divide between her…

Sandra Cisneros, who is thirty-two when writing her essay, perceives herself as an eleven-year-old in her essay. The creative spirit, the one that is able to make straw into gold “with a little…

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  • HISTORY

What are the themes most memoirs have?

By definition, Memoirs are remembrances of one’s personal history, one’s life story. It is human nature to “remember” the major events in one’s life that “made” the writer who/what he/she is at…

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  • SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE

How can I write a well-developed paragraph in which I analyze Edgar Derby’s speech after his…

To write a well-developed paragraph, you need to have some sort of central idea. So let’s take a look at Derby’s speech and come up with a couple of ideas, and then develop them. The main idea…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What prejudices are believed about the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Aside from the obvious prejudices held about Arthur (Boo) Radley and Tom Robinson, many characters in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird are viewed in a prejudiced light.Walter Cunningham is one…

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  • THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

Who were the greenies and what were they like?

The Greenies are an elite force of Army soldiers known as the Green Berets. They are a special forces group of men known for their abilities to engage the enemy in guerrilla warfare and to search…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

What does Ray Bradbury assume you already know before reading Fahrenheit 451?

There are many allusions in the novel. An allusion is a reference to history or literature. The allusion works if you already know something about the history or literature being mentioned. For…

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  • SCIENCE

how many newtons of force are represented by the following amount: 3kg*m/sec^2?

A Newton is the SI unit of Force. Force is calculated as mass times acceleration. The unit of mass is the kilogram (kg). The units of acceleration are meters per second squared (ms2ms2 ). Thus,…

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  • FREAK THE MIGHTY

In Freak The Mighty chapter eight, why is Kevin so interested and connected to the dictionary?

This is a very interesting question because it has to do with how Kevin tries to overcome his physical flaws. Kevin always uses intelligence and imagination to override his birth defect. This is…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

In Animal Farm, who reduces the ideals of Animalism to the phrase, “four legs good, two legs bad?”

In Animal Farm, it is Snowball, one of the pigs, who reduces the principles of Animalism down to this single maxim. This takes place in Chapter Three after the expulsion of Mr. Jones, when Snowball…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

In the play, The Merchant of Venice, what sorts of traits would Portia be looking for in a husband ?

We can only judge what sort of traits Portia looks for through a careful reading of what she divulges to her confidante and lady in waiting, Nerissa, as they discuss the wealthy heiress’s various…

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  • LANGSTON HUGHES

How do the following two poems compare with respect to the theme of difference: “Theme for…

In the poems “Theme for English B” and “Speaking a Foreign Language,” by Langston Hughes and Alastair Reid, respectively, both poets speak of differences while also recognizing there is an…

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  • THE SCARLET IBIS

What is the only thing Doodle asks of his brother? Why is this important to the overall impact it…

The only thing Doodle asked of Brother is to not leave him. This happens when Brother cruelly showed Doodle the coffin that was made for Doodle when he was a baby and not expected to live….

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  • ANIMAL FARM

Explain how the single commandment in Chapter 10 of Animal Farm by George Orwell sums up the…

In Chapter Ten of Animal Farm by George Orwell, Clover lets out a terrifying neigh, and the other animals come running. They are appalled when they see the pigs walking on two legs, which is…

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  • MY LAST DUCHESS

Do you find any negative qualities of the duchess in “My Last Duchess”?

This is a good question. Most readers assume that the Duke is an unreliable narrator and that his negative insinuations about his dead wife are false. It is also normally assumed that the…

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  • THANK YOU, M’AM

What happened to the characters in “Thank You M’am”?

In the story “Thank You M’am,” a boy named Roger tries to steal a woman’s purse. However, he falls down in the process and is apprehended by his intended victim. She takes a look at him, decides…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

In a paragraph, explain how the single remaining commandment in chapter 10 sums up the attitude…

This is a great request. Let’s start with the wording of that one commandment in chapter ten. ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS This commandment is the diametric…

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  • SCIENCE

Are hand spans inherited as a simple Mendelian pattern or as a polygenic or incomplete dominance…

Since there is a continuum of sizes for hand spans amongst individuals, the trait is a polygenetic trait. In order to know how to answer the question, there must be a firm understanding of each…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why does Atticus take his jacket off during the trial?

This was a calculated move by Atticus to appeal to the members of the jury. He, and all of the other professionals in the room, have been in suit and tie throughout the trial. Despite the stifling…

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  • OTHELLO

Is Iago “honest” in Shakespeare’s Othello? Explain why or why not.

Coming from the perspective of the audience, I would argue that Iago is, in point of fact, honest. From our introduction to him at the beginning of the play, he is open about his motives and how he…

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  • SCIENCE

The muscular wall of the left ventricle is thicker than the right wall because it does what?

The answer has to do with the specific function of the the ventricles and where they are sending the blood to in the body. In the human body, the right atrium receives deoxygenated blood returning…

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  • HISTORY

Why is Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, considered brave?

“Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is a much higher and truer courage.” -Wendell Phillips, American abolitionist Rachel Carson did not mean to make such a large splash when…

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  • THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

How does Holmes respond when Dr. Mortimer tells him that he and others in the area believe a…

At first, Holmes is surprised that Dr. Mortimer– a “man of science–” has suggested that a supernatural being is the killer of the late Sir Charles Baskerville. He even asks Dr. Mortimer whether…

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  • HISTORY

What is a dowry?

A dowry is the transfer of parental property to their son-in-law’s family on the day of their daughter’s wedding. Aside from a house or multiple houses, a dowry might include furniture, jewelry,…

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  • FREAK THE MIGHTY

How old is Kevin at the end of the book?

At the end of the book, Kevin is thirteen years old. In fact, Kevin has just celebrated his thirteenth birthday and has an attack due to his birth defect on the very same day. Unfortunately, it is…

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  • BUD, NOT BUDDY

How could I go about writing an interview in reference to the book Bud, Not Buddy?

An interview concerning the book Bud, Not Buddy would involve asking a particular character questions and revealing the answers. I think it would impress any instructor if you wrote an interview…

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  • A DOLL’S HOUSE

In A Doll’s House, how does Henrik Ibsen use characterization, plot, setting, and dialogue to…

Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House is set in a traditional middle-class home. We can tell the Helmers are middle class, soon to be upper-middle class, because Torvald works as a solicitor but has…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, why does Montag becomes angry with Mildred?

There’s a passage early in Ray Bradbury’s classic depiction of a futuristic dystopian society, Fahrenheit 451, in which the author, emphasizing the passionless nature of his protagonist’s…

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  • HISTORY

What is Good Friday, and how does it relate to Raphael’s death?

Good Friday is a Christian holiday observed as part of Holy Week, or the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to the Gospels of the Bible, Jesus and his…

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