What was Timothy’s answer to Phillip’s prejudiced question in Theodore Taylor’s The Cay?

What was Timothy’s answer to Phillip’s prejudiced question in Theodore Taylor’s The Cay?

  • MIKHAIL BAKHTIN

What is meant by reader response theory according to Mikhail Bakhtin?

Mikhail Bakhtin is not considered a reader-response theorist. Instead, the most important figures in reader-response theory include Stanley Fish, Wolfgang Iser, and Hans-Robert Jauss. The key…

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  • THE YELLOW WALLPAPER

What does the women behind the wall paper represent? Why does the narrator come to identify with…

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, overall, is a fictional symbolic representation of how oppressive a patriarchal system is specifically towards disabled females. Gilman’s…

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  • THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

Who is Ivan in “The Most Dangerous Game?”

Ivan is General Zaroff’s gigantic mute assistant. When Sanger Rainsford falls off his yacht and ends up on Ship-Trap Island, he thinks the island is uninhabited at first. He is surprised to come…

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  • GULLIVER’S TRAVELS

Who plotted against Gulliver? What punishment did they suggest?

In Chapter Seven, readers learn with Gulliver that the Lilliputian who is plotting against him is Skyris Bolgolam, the High Admiral. Gulliver’s friend from court tells him that Bolgolam has been…

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  • THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND

What are 2 observations Holmes makes regarding his client? On what facts does he base these…

Holmes tells Helen Stoner first observations about her. “You have come in by train this morning, I see….You must have started early, and yet you had a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy…

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  • THE WEDNESDAY WARS

Why does Holling’s sister call herself a flower child in Gart Schmidt’s The Wednesday Wars?

The flower child movement, more accurately called the hippie movement, began in the 1960s in protest against mainstream American culture such as the obsession with materialism and financial gain….

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  • TO BUILD A FIRE

In “To Build a Fire,” how does giving the dog a name change how you feel about this character?

I don’t believe that the dog has a name. It is always referred to as “the dog.” Even when, towards the end, the man is trying to get it to come to him so that he can kill it and warm his hands…

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  • TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE WILLIAM, EARL OF DARTMOUTH

How do I describe the structure of the poem?

You could describe the structure of a poem in a variety of ways, but generally you should focus on stanzas, rhyme scheme, rhythm, and meter. For the poem that you chose, there are 4 stanzas….

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

After George reprimands him, Lennie offers to go away and live in a cave. What is George’s response?

After George expresses the built-up anger and frustration he feels because of being tied to a man who causes him so much trouble, Lennie offers to go away and live by himself. “If you don’t want…

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  • THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK

What does Eliot emphasize in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock?”

One could extract a number of themes from T. S. Eliot’s brilliant poem, including the difficulty of interpersonal communication, the regrets of passing one’s prime of life without having…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What is Atticus’s and aunt Alexandra’s definition of trash?

Atticus’s definition of trash is a white man who takes advantage of a black man. He sees this as morally wrong, because the one in power is exploiting the one without power. If anything, the one in…

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  • 1984

When Winston and Julia go to O’Brien’s apartment, what does Winston find particularly remarkable…

In Part 2 Chapter 8 of 1984, Winston and Julia go to O’Brien’s apartment. Like other citizens of Oceania, O’Brien has a telescreen in his apartment, which monitors his actions, but with one key…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

What is a specific example of how William Golding built suspense in Chapter 8 in Lord of the Flies?

Golding builds suspense by having the boys fight over the beast, showing that they are afraid and their civilization is breaking down. Suspense is excitement felt by the reader that something is…

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  • A ROSE FOR EMILY

What is Emily’s family background in the town and how has her position changed?

As “A Rose for Emily” begins, Miss Emily is described as a “fallen monument” (1). This tells the reader that at some point in the past, she and her family held a high status in the town and that…

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  • THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE

Who is Peter Jones and what is his role in “The Red-Headed League”?

When Watson goes to Baker Street to rejoin Holmes that night, he finds that his friend has two visitors. On entering his room, I found Holmes in animated conversation with two men, one of whom I…

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  • THE PIGMAN

Explain why you think Paul Zindel included Lorraine and her mother’s conversation in chapter 6 of…

The mother-daughter scene in chapter 6 of Zindel’s The Pigman gives the reader a day-in-the-life view of Lorraine and her mother’s relationship. Lorraine complains about her mother in previous…

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  • MARRIAGE IS A PRIVATE AFFAIR

What is the irony of the title “Marriage Is a Private Affair”?

The title of Chinua Achebe’s short story is an example of verbal irony. Verbal irony occurs when words are used to suggest the opposite of what is meant. Rather than being private, the marriage in…

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  • PYGMALION

What purpose does the rain shower serve in Pygmalion?

To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a rain shower is just a rain shower. It does not have any great symbolic significance. England has what is known as a temperate maritime climate, similar to that of…

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  • THE OEDIPUS TRILOGY

Why is the shepherd reluctant to speak in the Greek play Oedipus Rex?

The shepherd does not say much in the play, but he is a pivotal figure. The reason for this is that King Laius, after hearing the prophecy of what Oedipus would do, commanded him to expose the…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

The Mechanical Hound is the mascot of the fire department. Describe who its victims are and how…

The mechanical hound, a throwback to the firehouse dalmatian that rode on fire engines in the past, has one main purpose, and that is to kill people who have hidden or coveted books or have broken…

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  • SWEAT

In “Sweat” by Zora Neal Hurston, in the second part of the story village men on Joe Clarke’s…

In Zora Neale’s Hurston’s story, “Sweat,” there is a scene where men in the town are sitting on a porch, discussing Sykes and Delia. As they watch Delia go by and then Sykes parading around with…

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  • AND OF CLAY ARE WE CREATED

At the end of the story, what happens to Azucena?

At the end of the story, Azucena dies and slides into the mud pit where she has been trapped after the volcano eruption. After spending three days in the mud and water, Azucena dies of hypothermia…

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  • BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

What does the “Great Burning” refer to?

The Great Burning was a nuclear war that destroyed the huge city known by John as the Place of the Gods. There are several clues we can use to infer this from the story. First of all, the metal…

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  • DULCE ET DECORUM EST

How does the reader (us) respond to the disabled soldiers in Wilfred Owen’s World War I poem,…

“Smile, Smile, Smile,” written by Wilfred Owens after he returned to France in September, 1918, is lesser-known than “Dulce et Decorum Est” but conveys his visceral hatred of the British public’s…

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  • IN THE AMERICAN SOCIETY

Why does Mr. Chang throw his coat into the pool at the party in The American Society?

Mr. Chang threw his coat into the pool because he was angry and felt embarrassed by Jeremy. The Changs were invited to the party by Mrs. Lardner to make up for their failed admission to the country…

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  • THE CHRYSALIDS

In The Chrysalids, chapter 16, what was the conflict between Rosalind and Sophie?

The conflict between Rosalind and Sophie concerns jealousy over David. Sophie and Rosalind both have a connection to David, and both are jealous. He can communicate telepathically with Rosalind,…

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  • STARGIRL

In Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, what did Leo see Stargirl place in somebody’s mailbox?

In Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, Leo observes Stargirl placing an envelope in someone’s mailbox. When Stargirl is out of sight, Leo opens the mailbox and finds a card inside. It is homemade, and it…

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  • THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND

In “The Speckled Band”, why do Helen Stoner’s fears seem silly to other people to whom she turns…

Helen Stoner finds herself in a difficult predicament. Her fears, real to her, are assumed to be the “fancies of a nervous woman” (p.4). Her fears seem trivial to others for several reasons. She…

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  • RULES OF THE GAME

Why does the chess set attract Waverly’s attention in Rules of the Game?

The basic answer is this: in “Rules of the Game,” Waverly is attracted to the chess set because of its unique rules and how she relates these unique rules to her role as a first-generation American…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

How does Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby present the downfall of Jay Gatsby as inevitable?

At the beginning of Chapter 1, Nick relates that his father once gave him advice to remember the advantages he’s had before criticizing other people. As a result, Nick says he is “inclined to…

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  • THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL

What is an allegory? How is “The Minister’s Black Veil” an allegory?

An allegory is a text in which the characters, events, and so forth all symbolize something in the real world, and its purpose is to convey some moral or theme. It often makes something that is…

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  • FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON

What has Charlie gained and lost by the end of “Flowers for Algernon”? How does his loss affect him?

By the conclusion of Flowers for Algernon Charlie has gained an understanding of what it is like to have superior cognitive functioning. While at the start of the story Charlie is limited in his…

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  • ONCE UPON A TIME

In Once Upon a Time by Nadine Gordimer, what is the symbol that represents society coming…

In Once Upon A Time by Nadine Gordimer, a family desperately tries to protect itself from a threat which it cannot quite define but which affects all its decisions and hovers over it until it…

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  • A DAY’S WAIT

How does Schatz handle his illness in “A Day’s Wait”?

The little boy nicknamed “Schatz” handles his illness with stoicism. He keeps it a secret that he has overheard the doctor saying that he has a fever of 102 degrees. The reader might guess that the…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

How does the fear of the unknown control the boys in The Lord of the Flies?

In Chapter 2, some of the younger boys complain of a “beastie” on the island. Jack claims he will hunt and kill it. Ralph tries to tell them that there is no beastie. He would rather they devote…

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  • THE HOBBIT

How do eagles and goblins feel about each other?

The very simple answer is that they did not like each other. An answer that is a bit more in depth is this: the Eagles are a very proud race in Middle Earth, and they do not have specific alliances…

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  • ENDER’S GAME

What disturbs Ender about Eros? How does Ender figure out the truth about Eros?

Ender is disturbed by the lower gravity, the downward slope of all the rooms and halls, and the tunnel-like feeling of Eros. Everyone lives underground because the surface is devoted to collecting…

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  • THE PEDESTRIAN

How does Ray Bradbury use sensory details to show isolation in “The Pedestrian”?

Good question. The first detail is in the first sentence. The city is silent. Since people make noise, that means that there’s essentially no one out. This is reinforced a few lines later when…

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  • THE CANTERVILLE GHOST

How was the ghost of Canterville tricked and outwitted by the twins?

Shortly after the Otis family’s arrival, the twins begin to play tricks on the Canterville ghost. In their first encounter, in Chapter Three, the ghost unsuccessfully tries to wear the antique suit…

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  • WALK TWO MOONS

In the book Walk two Moons, why were the students squirming all over the room?

The students were squirming out of embarrassment. Mr. Birkway had assigned journals to be written over the summer, in which each student would write down his or her most private thoughts….

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

The Great Gatsby discusses Gatsby and his “Platonic conception of himself.” What is the…

Gatsby’s “platonic conception of himself” most likely refers to Plato’s idea that “truth is an abstraction.” Simply put, Plato argued that ideas are separate from reality. Gatsby’s idea of himself…

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  • SEEDFOLKS

How does Kim from Seedfolks change from beginning to end?

In Paul Fleishman’s book Seedfolks, the author introduces the reader to Kim. Initially, Kim is a shy child longing to know her deceased father. By the end of the book, she is a confident young lady…

  • THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND

In addition to sickness, what condition leads the mob to attack Hannah’s house in Elizabeth…

In Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond, aside from suffering an outbreak of sickness, the Wethersfield mob was incited to attack Hannah’s house because the Connecticut colony had…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

How does Odysseus and his men escape Polyphemus?

Odysseus’ escape from the Cyclops Polyphemus is a rather humorous one (and one that ends up causing problems for Odysseus later). When Odysseus and his men find themselves trapped in the cave of…

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  • THE CAY

What was Timothy’s answer to Phillip’s prejudiced question in Theodore Taylor’s The Cay?

When Phillip finds himself alone on a raft with Timothy in Theodore Taylor’s The Cay, Phillip’s first thought is that Timothy is ugly because his “nose was flat and his face was broad” (p. 30)….

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  • THE BASS, THE RIVER, AND SHEILA MANT

In The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant, what does Shelia’s comment about fishing show about her…

In “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant”, the narrator asks out Sheila Mant, an older teenage girl on whom he has a massive crush. Because he isn’t old enough to drive a car, he offers to “drive”…

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  • SOCRATES

Did Socrates’s philosophical lifestyle have the potential to “wake up” Athenians in a way that…

Some of the answer to this question depends on how you define useful and what you consider the ends of such utility. Socrates was concerned primarily with seeking wisdom. The end goal of wisdom…

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  • ONCE UPON A TIME

What does the boy symbolize in once upon a time?

The couple’s son in “Once upon a Time” can represent at least three concepts: He can represent the future; he can stand for the importance of relationships over material goods; and he can portray a…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How does Miss Maudie support Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird?

While Miss Maudie may not out right say she supports Atticus, it is through interactions with his children that her support is shown. One of her biggest signs of respect, is how she tells Scout and…

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  • THE OPEN WINDOW

What is ironic about the title “The Open Window”?

The open window looks perfectly innocent. The fact that it is standing open suggests this is a perfectly safe environment. In this peaceful country setting, the inhabitants can leave their windows…

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