What is the mood of “A Sound of Thunder?”

What is the mood of “A Sound of Thunder?”

  • STARGIRL

From Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl, why does the author start the story by talking about the…

The narrator of Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl is Leo Borlock, a junior at Mica Area High School. Leo explains that when he moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona at age twelve, his Uncle Pete gave him his…

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  • THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

What language and style does Mark Haddon use in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

In the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, author Mark Haddon’s writing style stands out because he intentionally employs many methods to develop Christopher’s voice and…

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  • THE INTERLOPERS

In “The Interlopers,” what aspects of the story’s natural setting does Saki emphasize in the…

In the first two paragraphs of “The Interlopers,” Saki emphasizes the idea of isolation, in order to foreshadow how man is truly alone when facing nature. Everything, from the facts given about…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

What is the role of Artemidorus in Julius Caesar?

In the very brief Scene 3 in Act II, Artemidorus, a minor character, is shown reading a letter he has composed and intends to present to Caesar as he passes by on his way to the Capitol. The letter…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

In ”Julius Caesar,” why does Antony say ”Brutus was an honourable man?” Is this an ironical…

This is a good question. Antony is addressing a hostile audience. Brutus has just finished speaking to them and has won them over to his cause. Notice the dialogue among the plebeians after Brutus’…

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  • THE SIGN OF THE BEAVER

How does Saknis help Matt after he gets stung by the bees?

Matt attempted to harvest some honey from a beehive in a tree to supplement the provisions a bear ruined at the cabin. In doing so, he disturbed the hive and fell into the river, covered in bee…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

What does the dead mouse in Lennie’s jacket pocket reveal about him in Of Mice and Men?

On the most literal level, the dead mouse in Lennie’s pocket shows that Lennie is mentally challenged. What sane person would carry a dead mouse in his pocket? In addition to this point, Lennie…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In Chapter 16 of To Kill A Mockingbird, why does Scout wish that Atticus had told them he had to…

In Chapter 16, Scout and Jem are trying to find seats to watch their father defend Tom Robinson, who is on trial. When Scout gets separated from Jem and Dill among the crowd of people, she makes…

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  • KINDRED

What happened that resulted in Dana being sent back home to her own time?

As Dana Franklin travels through the past, she is sent back to her own time, 1976, when her own life is in danger. In Octavia Butler’s novel, Kindred, an African American woman named Dana,…

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  • THE SCARLET IBIS

What is the falling action and resolution of “The Scarlet Ibis”?

The falling action and the resolution of “The Scarlet Ibis” can be a little hard to identify. One could argue, in fact, that they don’t really appear in the story and that the narrative simply…

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  • THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL

Because the committee fails to pose the question they set out to ask the minister, what does…

Because the committee formed to address Mr. Hooper about the black veil cannot bring themselves to ask him about it, Hawthorne seems to be suggesting that Mr. Hooper’s realization — that we all…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

What does the color gold symbolize in the Scarlet letter?

The gold thread beautifully embroidered around the letter “A” on Hester’s chest could also symbolize something holy. It could represent a golden halo of sorts that represents Hester’s kindness and…

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  • A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

Zinn writes that many Americans see the Constitution as a work of genius that created a…

Most Americans believe the Constitution is—if not a masterpiece—one of history’s most important documents, because it established the American democratic system and paved the way for political…

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  • THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER

In “The Devil and Tom Walker”, what traits do Tom Walker and his wife share?

Tom and his wife really don’t share much of anything besides their miserly ways and their dislike of each other. Tom’s wife isn’t afforded as much detail in her characterization as Tom is, but she…

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  • HISTORY

What was the role of women in Shakespeare’s England?

In the Elizabethan Era, women’s roles were far more confined than they are today. Legally speaking, a woman was the property of her father and, later, her husband. Unless she was a widow, she could…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

What is the last thing Crooks says to Candy?

Crooks seems to realize, after all the arguments and threats that take place in his little room, that he is not only a second-class citizen here on the ranch but would be a second-class citizen if…

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  • AFTER TWENTY YEARS

In O. Henry’s “After Twenty Years,” how does using the third-person objective point of view limit…

The author cannot enter into the thoughts or feelings of either Jimmy Wells or the man standing in the doorway of the hardware store. Because of the strictly objective style of narration, the…

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  • RAYMOND’S RUN

In the story “Raymond’s Run,” why does Squeaky have to spend so much time watching out for her…

In “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara, the main character and narrator of the story is Squeaky, a young girl who has the responsibility of watching and tending to her older brother, Raymond….

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  • THE NECKLACE

In the story “The Necklace”, what were the changes in Mme Loisel before and after she lost the…

Prior to the loss of the necklace, Madame Loisel is famously described at the very beginning of the story as …one of those pretty and charming young creatures who sometimes are born, as if by a…

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  • THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

What is the attitude of the other people towards Santiago before he sets sail on the 84th day of…

On the 84th day without catching any fish, Santiago sets out once again. He and Manolin, his young friend, walk to the docks to set out separately. Here, in the very beginning of the book, is where…

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  • SCIENCE

What is the summary of the article “Changes in Taste Neurons Support the Emergence of an Adaptive…

Cockroaches use hairy appendages near their mouths to sample various tastes to determine if they will feed or not. In the past, glucose-coated traps would lure cockroaches as the bait and…

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  • RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI

Which animal offers Rikki the most help? Explain.

In Rudyard Kipling’s story there are many animal characters, but only one who provides Rikki with much help at all. The snakes, of course, do not help Rikki; they are all his enemies and would kill…

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  • FREAK THE MIGHTY

What happened when Maxwell went to see the new neighbor?

The wording of “what happened” from your question suggests that something quite eventful takes place place. In reality, what happens is that Max sees Kevin for the first time since they were…

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  • LITERATURE

In the Pit and the Pendulum, in what way could this story be considered a study in the horror of…

When we first come upon the narrator discovering his predicament, he has his eyes closed, so he has no idea where he is or what is in store for him. He also admits that the thing he fears most is…

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  • ANTHEM

In Equality’s world, what has replaced the family?

In the dystopian society in which Equality lives, the nuclear family no longer exists. Male and females are chosen to mate together once a year in the spring only. The babies born after the ‘Time…

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  • RAYMOND’S RUN

How does Squeaky practice her running?

Squeaky practices her running the same way that most runners practice. She runs. The third paragraph of the story tells readers that Squeaky is a highly awarded runner. She has won a lot of…

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  • BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

In “By the Waters of Babylon,” why do you think John’s father allows him to travel to the place…

First, there are clues that John’s father is interested in secular learning, and that his private positions on religious matters are not the same as his public positions. This suggests that he may…

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  • LITERATURE

Why is it important for individual cultures to have creation/evolution stories or myths in their…

I think that creation/evolution myths are an important part of a culture’s identity and pride. Before we had printing presses, before we had writing at all, we had mythology in an oral tradition….

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  • MANIAC MAGEE

What was the great trick pulled on Grayson when he showed up in town to play his first…

Grayson told Maniac Magee a story about when he was very young and a new minor league baseball player. He arrived in the new town where he would be playing with the Bluefield Bullets. Grayson…

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  • FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON

In the short story, “Flowers for Algernon,” by Daniel Keyes, how do Charlie’s progress reports…

In Daniel Keyes’ “Flowers for Algernon,” the reader watches Charlie’s intelligence develop over the time period in which the story takes place. Charlie is asked by his doctor, Dr. Strauss, to write…

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  • THE BLACK CAT

What is the role of the women in “The Black Cat”?

In “The Black Cat,” there is really only one woman: the narrator’s wife. Unfortunately, we do not see much of her as an individual character, but she does serve an important purpose. The first time…

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  • THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

Why does the general smile and turn away from the tree where Rainsford is hiding?

A bit of context is important first. Rainsford is running away from Zaroff. We are in the middle of the hunt. As Zaroff is making gains, Rainsford decides to hide in a tree. At first, Rainsford…

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  • STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING

What is important about the end rhymes of all the stanzas?

The rhyme scheme seems intended to convey an impression of softly falling snow. In the third stanza the speaker indicates that the snowfall is not heavy when he uses the words “easy wind and downy…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

In what way was Slim alienated in the story?

This is an intelligent question. Slim is, without a doubt, the most respected man in the whole book. This would make us believe that he does not experience alienation, but he does. There are two…

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  • THE CHASER

How does Alan know how to find the old man’s shop?

The old man is operating an illegal business in a run-down building in New York. He does not advertise and obviously keeps a low profile. He depends for customers on recommendations of others who…

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  • EVERYDAY USE

What objects does Dee ask to have in “Everyday Use”?

In “Everyday Use,” Dee asks to have the quilts, a butter churner, and a dasher. Dee wants the churner and the dasher because Uncle Buddy whittled them from a tree that used to be on the Johnson’s…

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  • HEALTH

How does the muscle system applies in physical education?

The standards of some state curricula require the inclusion of the muscular system within physical education. The following are examples taken from standard four of Maryland’s fifth-grade physical…

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  • SCIENCE

Which subatomic particles are equal in quantity to protons.

Atoms are the smallest unit of matter. Atoms are made of three subatomic particles- protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons are positively charged, neutrons are neutrally charged (neither…

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  • THE CAY

What important physical change dose Phillip experience in Theodore Taylor’s The Cay?

In Chapter Three of Theodore Taylor’s The Cay, Phillip awakens on a raft, having been saved by a black man named Timothy. Phillip’s head aches, and Timothy informs him that he had been badly hit on…

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  • A CHRISTMAS MEMORY

The second paragraph of “A Christmas Memory” offers a head-to-toe portrait of Buddy’s friend….

There are several physical details in this paragraph that match and complement her child-like personality. Her outfit sounds like one that was put together out of practicality and by someone who is…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

What is Elizabeth probably thinking during the questioning?

Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible is put in a terrible position during her questioning by the judges. She struggles with whether or not to tell a lie to save her husband. She is torn in this…

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  • THE FIRST SEVEN YEARS

What does Feld do after Sobel quits?

After Sobel quits, Feld offers to raise his assistant’s wages so that he will stay. However, Sobel is not placated by this half-hearted attempt to manipulate him; he prefers to be allowed to court…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

Why does Cassius think their assassination plan has been discovered?

In Act 3, Scene 1, the conspirators are about to put their plot to assassinate Caesar into action. Popilius Lena, a senator, approaches Cassus and tells him: I wish your enterprise today may…

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  • THE VELDT

In the short story “The Veldt” how does the author create suspense in the story through crude…

The definition of “crude” relies upon some subjective conditions; what is crude to one person might not be to another. Typically, crude things are those which hearken more to the “animalistic” side…

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  • FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON

Joe and Frank helped Charlie when his intelligence decreased at the end of the novel. Were their…

Frank and Joe’s actions were not a sign of true friendship.I think readers should be suspicious of Frank and Joe because of their previous inhumane behavior towards Charlie. Before his surgery,…

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  • THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

In “The Most Dangerous Game,” does Zaroff believe that people should have rights over their lives?

There is no one place where Zaroff says that people do not have rights, but from what he says and how he acts, we can say that Zaroff does not believe that people have the right to control their…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What is an example of dramatic irony in Mercutio and Benvolio’s conversation at the beginning of…

At the beginning of Act II, scene 4, Benvolio and Mercutio are wondering where their friend Romeo is. They know he didn’t come home last night because Benvolio checked with Romeo’s servant….

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  • THE SCARLET IBIS

Why does the narrator cry when everyone congratulates him for teaching Doodle to walk?

The reason why the narrator cries is because he knows the truth: the reason why he taught Doodle to walk was not because he was being kind or helpful; instead, he teaches Doodle to walk because he…

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  • BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

In “By the Waters of Babylon,” what object does John see that says “hot” and “cold”?

John, the son of a priest and the narrator of “By the Waters of Babylon,” goes on a spiritual quest through the post-apocalyptic landscape in order to visit the Place of the Gods. Once John makes…

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  • A SOUND OF THUNDER

What is the mood of “A Sound of Thunder?”

I would say that the overall mood of Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder” is suspenseful and intense. Both of those feelings are given to the reader because Bradbury makes sure that the reader…

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