What were some characteristics of Catherine de’ Medici?

What were some characteristics of Catherine de’ Medici?

  • THE LION AND THE JEWEL

How do the magazine photographs affect Sidi’s perception of Baroka?

One of the village girls asks Sidi if she’s seen the book with her images inside it. Sidi tells her that she has not seen it yet, and the girl begins to describe how beautiful Sidi looks in the…

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  • THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

What kind of irony is exemplified by the outcome in “The Gift of the Magi?”

Della sells her hair for twenty dollars in order to buy Jim a platinum chain for his watch. She goes home, curls what is left of her hair, and waits for Jim to come home. At this point, we…

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  • A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND

In the short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” how do you think the family works together and…

In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the family is very dysfunctional and never really works together. The conflict between the grandmother and the rest of the family is central to…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

How did Europeans change the Americas?

The Americas have been drastically changed through colonization and conquest by European peoples, but I will do my best to address this widespread and complex transformation. Before the arrival of…

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  • HISTORY

What are some of the long term impacts of Spanish colonization on North America?

In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas on behalf of the Spanish King and Queen. He stopped in Cuba and Hispaniola and spread Spanish religion, culture, and language. In the 1500s,…

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  • THINGS FALL APART

How does the text reveal the complexity of the idea of conflict in Things Fall Apart by Chinua…

One of the first ways that Things Fall Apart presents the idea of conflict as being complex is in its depiction of the relationships between Unoka and Okonkwo and between the individual and his…

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  • SCIENCE

How many moons does Neptune have?

Moons are the natural satellites of a planet. For example, Earth has one and we simply call it the Moon. Many of the planets of our solar system have moons. Neptune has 14 moons. Their names are:…

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  • RELIGION

How did Christopher Columbus transform life in the Americas?

After Columbus’ journeys to the Americas, life for First Nations people in the North, Central, and South Americas was changed dramatically. Exploration by Europeans with economic or religious…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

On the last day of school in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, how does Jem let Scout know he…

In Chapter 4 of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the day that Dill returns to spend his second summer in Maycomb, Scout, Dill, and Jem begin their summer by conversing about supernatural myths,…

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  • RESEARCH

How can I write a proposal for my research topic?

A research proposal is usually about 200-250 words and outlines what you plan to research and write about in a research paper. One format is as follows: Start by filling out the subject headings…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

How do Antony and Octavius treat Brutus’s body in Julius Caesar?

When the victorious Antony and Octavius view Brutus’s dead body on the battlefield at Philippi, they both speak of him with praise and respect. Marc Antony says, This was the noblest Roman of them…

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  • SCIENCE

How many grams of water are produced from 52 g of C3H8? C3H8 + 5O2 → 3CO2 + 4H2O

The balanced chemical reaction is given as: `C_3H_8 + 5O_2 -> 3CO_2 + 4H_2O` This is the oxidation reaction of propane (C3H8). On reaction with oxygen, propane produces carbon dioxide and water….

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  • MACBETH

Compare how Macbeth and Ulysses can be seen as heroes and villains.

Both Shakespeare’s lead character in the play Macbeth and Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s lead character in the poem “Ulysses” have heroic and villainous sides to them. At the beginning of Macbeth, Macbeth…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Can you help me with the perspectives of people concerning the effect on trust in government.

Trust in government has become a fairly significant issue over the past 40-50 years. Prior to the Vietnam War, people generally had trust in the government. They believed the government was working…

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  • THE JOY LUCK CLUB

Explain the following simile: “It was like a stiff embraceless dance between her and the TV set.”

A simile makes a comparison between two things using the words “like” or “as.” The purpose of a simile is to help the reader better understand an idea by making a comparison to something she…

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

What does Pip learn about friendship in the novel Great Expectations, and how does Dickens show…

Pip learns not to base friendship on social class. Instead he learns to recognize that some of the best-hearted and most honest people in the world, the people who are his true friends, come from…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How does the community react to Mrs. Radley’s death in To Kill a Mockingbird? How is her death…

At the beginning of Chapter 8, Mrs. Radley dies of natural causes. Scout mentions that her death had a small effect on the community of Maycomb and people hardly noticed. The Radleys were…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

What was the basis for The Seven Commandments in Animal Farm?

The revolution has its origins in the teachings of the old boar, Old Major. He brings all the animals together at the start of the story and teaches them a song called “Beasts of England.” He also…

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  • THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

What is the climax of the play The Diary of Anne Frank?

The play The Diary of Anne Frank was written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hacket. It does a good job of establishing the serious mood of hiding from the Nazis for 25 months of Anne’s young life….

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  • ANGELA DAVIS

When did Angela Davis die?

Feminist scholar, political activist, and author, Angela Yvonne Davis was born in 1944. During the 1960’s, she acted as a leader with the Communist Party of the United States and also worked as a…

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  • THE INTERLOPERS

In “The Interlopers,” does Ulrich hope to come across Georg alone in the forest?

Yes, Ulrich does in fact hope to come across Georg Znaeym in the forest. Saki makes this point when he reveals Ulrich’s thoughts in the words: “If only on this wild night, in this dark, lone spot,…

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  • THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

What are the two incidents in “The Gift of the Magi”?

The first incident in “The Gift of the Magi” is when Della makes an important decision. She wants to give Jim a special Christmas gift, but she only has $1.87. Della knows that less than two…

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  • THE NAME OF THE ROSE

What is the symbolism behind “poison” in days 4, 5, 6 of The Name of the Rose?

At the heart of the book The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco is a controversy over medieval literary theory, a subject in which Eco himself is an academic expert. To understand how poison functions…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

Do you have a quote that shows internal conflict from the Lord of Flies?

There are many instances of internal conflict in Lord of the Flies. In these instances, the boys battle their own fears, insecurities, and dark emotions. Jack and Ralph both struggle with jealousy…

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  • HISTORY

In what ways do flappers of the 1920s reject nineteenth century gender roles?

In their social attitudes and in the way they defined what it meant to be a “woman,” the flapper of the 1920s rejected 19th Century gender roles. The flappers of the 1920s challenged the previous…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

What is the significance of dreams in Of Mice and Men?

Dreams are the driving force behind the lives of many of the characters in Of Mice and Men. In the case of some of these characters, dreams are really all they have left to keep their hopes alive….

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  • RELIGION

How did Puritans describe sin?

Puritans believe in the concept of Original Sin. Because Adam and Eve sinned, all other humans are sinners, and it is an inescapable part of human nature. Through self-examination and strong effort…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

In The Crucible, who or what has been abandoned as a result of the witch trials?

As a result of the trials, in Act Four, Cheever first mentions that “There be so many cows wanderin’ the highroads, now their masters are in the jails […].” In other words, so many people are in…

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  • HISTORY

How did the British colonial government influence the geographical position of Kenya?

What ultimately became Kenya was first colonized not by the British government but by a private corporation called the East Africa Company. This was part of a general colonial rush by European…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

Was Brutus’ downfall his own doing in Julius Caesar?

Brutus’ downfall was his own doing. He participated in Caesar’s assassination out of his own volition. He was not forced to participate, but he was convinced to by Cassius. Brutus’s…

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  • SCIENCE

What planet has more moons than any other planet?

In our solar system, a number of planets have natural satellites. These satellites are also known as moons. Among the planets, Jupiter has the most number of moons. It has 50 confirmed and 17…

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  • HISTORY

What are some economic effects Germany experienced in the years 1919-22?

World War I had stretched the German economy to its limit–this was one of the reasons why leaders within Germany had sought a negotiated peace to end the war. When the war came to an end, matters…

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  • MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL

How does Eliot employ the elements from poetry in Murder in the Cathedral?

T.S. Eliot was first and foremost a poet, and in this 1935 play, commissioned by George Bell, the bishop of Chichester, to critique Nazi abuses of power, Eliot writes primarily in verse. In fact,…

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  • HISTORY

How much land was added to the US under President James K. Polk?

Under James K. Polk, who ran for office on a platform of national expansion, the United States annexed Texas, settled the border between the Oregon Territory and British Canada, and received the…

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  • SCIENCE

Is it possible to produce clones of animals? Explain how this can occur both naturally and…

When an organism reproduces asexually, its offspring will be its clone. That is because the offspring only receives its DNA from a single parent. An example of a naturally occurring clone is when a…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What are three fears that Jem Finch experienced?

Three occasions in which Jem has experienced fear are the following: Jem is fearful of going onto the Radley porch in order to peek through the window with the broken shutter. He is afraid that…

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  • REFERENCE

What is the most interesting line we should begin with, while giving an autobiography speech?

There is no single best line or standard format for the opening line of an autobiography. As with any speech, the opening should grab the attention of the audience and draw them into your story….

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  • THE PEDESTRIAN

What is the tone of Ray Bradbury’s “The Pedestrian”?

Ray Bradbury’s tone in “The Pedestrian” is cautionary and foreboding. He has taken the reader one hundred years into the future and shown a world in which the machines control the humans. The…

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  • THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

What happens to Hyde after Jekyll dies in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

Jekyll and Hyde, of necessity, die at the same time; because they share the same body, one cannot die without the other dying as well. When Mr. Utterson came to Dr. Jekyll’s door, he hears Hyde’s…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

How does Candy cope with his handicapped condition in Of Mice and Men?

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  • MENDING WALL

What is irony in the poem “Mending Wall”?

In Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall,” the speaker considers the idea of the wall in his yard and wonders why it is necessary. He prefers that there is no wall between he and his neighbor so they…

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  • BUSINESS

Explain the economic importance of the production possibility frontier (PPF).

The production possibility frontier, usually abbreviated PPF, is used to describe the production capacity of a country, or in some cases an individual business. Usually we draw it in two dimensions…

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  • GRAMMAR

I’m having trouble with a synthesis question. The sentence given is: The wall was beautifully…

The beautiful decorated wall made my day would be fine, as a sentence, if you added a comma after beautiful. However, in this situation it is unnecessary to change the adverb into an adjective…

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  • LONDON

Why do you think William Blake never actually says the word “London” in the poem itself? Could…

William Blake probably doesn’t ever say the word “London” in his poem because he does not need to name the city by name. There is little doubt that the city is London based on the opening stanza….

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  • THE MAN HE KILLED

What devices are used in “The Man He Killed”?

The first poetic device Hardy uses is rhyme. The scheme is ABAB. The shortness of the lines and the repetitive rhyme scheme gives the poem an easy cadence, making it easy to recite and remember,…

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  • HISTORY

Is God mentioned in the Constitution or Declaration of Independence? If so, in what ways and for…

God is mentioned a few times in the Declaration of Independence. The “laws of nature and nature’s God” gives Americans the right to independence. This states that it’s not just the Americans who…

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  • HISTORY

What were some characteristics of Catherine de’ Medici?

Catherine de’ Medici was born in Italy, but later married a French king. She was extremely well educated for a woman in that time. She had an extroverted personality and an appreciation for art….

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  • THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE

What is the message in “The Nightingale and the Rose” by Oscar Wilde?

In “The Nightingale and the Rose,” Wilde argues love is not always a pleasant and idyllic experience. We see this through the experiences of the student who first undergoes great distress when he…

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  • HISTORY

How was Germany at fault in the first world war?

Germany had to accept responsibility for World War I even though Germany was not the country that started this war. Many Germans were upset that, in the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was required…

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  • THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

What makes the tea ceremony such an important scene in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being…

First, we should note that Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is a British play, first performed on 14 February 1895 in London. The “tea ceremony” is a Japanese tradition, not a British…

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