What were the main obstacles to Reconstruction?

What were the main obstacles to Reconstruction?

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Without a mother to influence her upbringing, Scout is in the unique position of being a…

There are several females throughout the novel that teach Scout valuable lessons and play an important role in Scout’s moral and intellectual development. Calpurnia, the family cook, teaches Scout…

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  • THE VELDT

How would I write the reasoning for these pieces of evidence from “The Veldt” for a claim that…

In the short story “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury, George and Lydia Hadley build their two children, Peter and Wendy, an automated nursery that carries out all the functions that parents would perform…

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  • THANK YOU, M’AM

How does the narrator’s point of view help make Roger the protagonist of this story?

The short story “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes is told from an omniscient third person perspective. In other words, Hughes tells us the story in a way in which we can gain the thoughts and…

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  • THE HOBBIT

In the first chapter of The Hobbit, what exactly is Thorin’s plan?

In the first chapter of The Hobbit, Thorin explains to Bilbo that his grandfather Thror had been King of the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain. Under his rule the dwarves had mined deep into the…

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  • HISTORY

Why did France agree to sell the enormous territory of Louisiana?

France and the United States agreed to the Louisiana Purchase on April 30, 1803. The United States’ motivations were easy to discern; the deal greatly expanded the American frontier, giving the…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, what is the purpose of visiting the desolate Moore and the…

In Stave III of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Present, the third of the three spirits that visit Ebenezer Scrooge this night, takes the miserly, angry old man to a…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What does Atticus say about Bob Ewell’s guilt?

During Atticus’ closing remarks he explains how Mayella felt guilty about breaking the “time-honored code” by seducing a black man. He mentions that her father, Bob Ewell, witnessed the encounter…

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  • REFERENCE

“Gentrification is a double-edged sword.” It is often productive revitalizing city neighborhoods,…

Yes, gentrification is a double-edged sword. When middle- or upper-class families purchase real estate in lower-class neighborhoods and replace existing dilapidated structures with renovated or…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

What makes society fair and just in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451?

By leveling the intellectual playing field and burning books, the society in Fahrenheit 451 is able to achieve social equality. Captain Beatty does a really good job explaining the history of how…

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

Why does Fortunato laugh while he is chained to the wall?

Fortunato is hoping against hope that he can somehow get Montresor to release him. His laughter is forced. He does not see anything funny about what has happened to him. It is horrible. But he…

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  • THE HOBBIT

In The Hobbit, what mistakes do the dwarves make about Durin’s Day? What does this tell you about…

After much searching, the dwarves and Bilbo find a narrow shelf on the western side of the Lonely Mountain that leads to a flat smooth surface. They recognize it at once as being the secret…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

I need help finding 3 arguments for my thesis statement on a monologue in Romeo and Juliet. This…

This monologue features an extremely confused and shocked Juliet who feels betrayed by Romeo. She jumps between descriptions of Romeo, trying to land on the best description that articulates the…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

What is the plot diagram of Fahrenheit 451?

Exposition: The setting of the novel is in a dystopian society where firemen burn books instead of putting out fires. Montag is a fireman who meets his new neighbor Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse is…

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  • THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

What is the author’s purpose in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

When an author writes, they usually have a specific purpose in mind. The purpose can be to inform, to entertain, or to persuade the reader. In the case of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington…

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  • THE STORY OF AN HOUR

What is the initial incident of this story?

The inciting event is that which begins the problem in a story. In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin it is the “sad message” brought by Mr. Mallard’s friend Richard that Bently Mallard has been…

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  • NIGHT

What is sadism and where do you see evidence of it in Night by Elie Wiesell?

Sadism is extreme cruelty, and it is seen throughout Elie Wiesel’s book Night. When Moshe the Beadle returned to Sighet after having been taken by the Nazis, he told the villagers how he and the…

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  • SCIENCE

How do the nucleus and ribosome work together in the process of protein synthesis?

The nucleus and ribosomes both involve messenger RNA (mRNA) during protein synthesis. The mRNA is made during transcription within the nucleus. The mRNA then travels out to the cytoplasm via a…

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  • THROUGH THE TUNNEL

Why do you think Jerry wants to be with the boys so badly?

At its core, “Through the Tunnel” is a coming of age story. Jerry and his mom are on vacation together, and like most teenage boys Jerry wants some freedom and independence from his mom. At least…

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  • LIFE OF PI

In Life of Pi, what are some reasons that prove that humans are the most dangerous animals?

When Pi first introduces the belief that man is the most dangerous among all animals, he discusses what zoos around the world have to deal with when visitors interact with the animals. Humans are…

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  • REFERENCE

What is the word for a type of language that includes technical or professional…

Jargon is language that is unique to a particular profession or area of interest. A person that is using jargon cannot expect to be understood unless they are speaking to somebody that is from that…

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  • THE LEAP

In “The Leap,” how does the narrator feel about the sister she never had?

In “The Leap,” the narrator has conflicting feelings about her sister. On the one hand, the narrator feels no connection towards her: she refers to her as “the child,” for example, and does not…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

What is a good beginning sentence, thesis statement, for my English essay on mercy killing as in…

In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck has one main character, George, kill the other important character, Lennie, in a mercy killing in order to prevent a lynch mob from killing Lennie….

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  • MACBETH

What does Macbeth name as the sole reason for wishing to kill duncan?

In Act I, Scene 7, Macbeth is apparently trying to talk himself out of going ahead with the murder of King Duncan. In his soliloquy he names all the possible reasons why he should not do it. He…

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  • SCIENCE

What two parts make up the lithosphere?

Lithosphere is the outer covering or layer of a planet. We can also think of lithosphere as the outer surface of Earth where we live and where processes relevant to us takes place. In reality,…

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  • JOHN STEINBECK

What events influenced and were a part of John Steinbeck’s early life?

John Steinbeck had numerous experiences in his early life that had a clear impact on his career as an author. Steinbeck lived in a very rural town located in a highly fertile area of California and…

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  • HISTORY

What happened during the First Crusade?

The first crusade began in 1095 with a request from the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenon to Pope Urban II for military assistance in keeping the invading Turks from seizing additional Christian…

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  • ESSAY LAB

Hey everyone! I’m having trouble with my essay introduction. I’m supposed to be writing about the…

Jane Eyre is my favorite novel, so it’s a pleasure to help you write about it in your essay. I normally tell students to try and avoid generic phrases using the word “society” because it can seem…

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  • MONSTER

What do King, Peaches and Johnny think are the best ways to illegally acquire money?

In Walter Dean Myers’ novel Monster, James King is one of the thugs who planned and executed the convenience store robbery with Steve Harmon, the novel’s protagonist. As a young kid in a bad…

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  • SCIENCE

If 200g of water is at 80.0C, how much water at temperature of 25.0C will need to be added in…

It looks like you’re trying to solve for two unknowns. Since you know the final temperature and the temperatures of the hot and cold water before mixing, you can replace 80-f and f-25 with the…

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  • THE GIVER

How did Jonas know that the leaders of the community were starting to give up the search? 1 image

When Jonas first left his community with little Gabriel, they frequently had to hide from low flying search planes. Jonas counted on the fact that the pilots could not see color and that he had…

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  • SCIENCE

What plants produce acid that cause weathering of rocks?

Plants are capable of both, physical and chemical weathering of rocks. Plants grow on rocks and their roots, while growing, enters the cracks within the rock and extend them. Over time, large…

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  • THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW

In That was Then, This is Now, what did Mark mean when he told Bryon that he had found a shirt…

In Chapter 3, Bryon is getting ready to go to a school dance and is unsure what to wear. Bryon mentions that it is a casual dance and Mark is dressed right for the occasion. When Mark asks Bryon…

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  • SCIENCE

Why might a farmer want to clone one of the plants in his crops?

Clones are genetically identical individuals. If a species or individual has desirable traits, then it may be advantageous to clone that species or individual. One reason that a farmer would clone…

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  • SCIENCE

How does oxygen affect rocks?

Rocks contain minerals and because they are exposed to the environment, they are subjected to a process called chemical weathering. In this process, the minerals chemically react with water, carbon…

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  • CONTENTS OF THE DEAD MAN’S POCKET

What happens to the yellow sheet of paper in the story “Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket”?

The yellow sheet, which represents hours and week-ends of research by Tom Benecke rises from Tom’s desk and whisks out the window when his wife opens the door of their apartment. Throwing caution…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

List each character in the story and their relationship with Scrooge.

A Christmas Carol is a story with many characters. Here are the main characters aside from Ebenezer Scrooge himself: Fred: Fred is Scrooge’s nephew by his sister. He is cheerful and he loves…

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  • BUD, NOT BUDDY

What is a good title for Chapter 6 of Bud, Not Buddy? Why?

A good title for Chapter Six of Bud, Not Buddy could be “The Kindness of Strangers.” In this chapter, Bud shows up at the mission late after oversleeping, only to end up at the end of the food line…

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  • I HAVE A DREAM

Does the written or performed version of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech have better…

Ethos is one of the three rhetorical, or persuasive, appeals that Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, discussed. Ethos is an appeal to authority or credibility. The other appeals are pathos, an…

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  • HISTORY

If there had been no typhoon when the Mongols faced the Samurai, would the Samurai still have…

Unlikely.While the typhoons no doubt contributed to the defense of the shogunate against the Mongol hordes, Japan was very likely safe regardless. In fact, the Mongols had attacked multiple times…

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  • SCIENCE

if a cell is placed in a salty solution will water move in or out?

It depends on the concentration of the salty solution. The outer membrane of a cell is semipermeable. The movement of water through a semipermeable membrane in response to a concentration gradient…

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  • A MODEST PROPOSAL

How does “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift show quantification and dehumanization?

Quantification and dehumanization go hand-in-hand in “A Modest Proposal.” Swift views children and even parents (who he calls “breeders”) solely in terms of a cost/benefit analysis. He calculates,…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

How is The Outsiders a metaphor for life?

Throughout this novel, the main characters experience struggle and are forced to make difficult decisions that affect their overall outlook on life. This novel can be deemed a metaphor for life…

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  • THANK YOU, M’AM

In “Thank You, M’am,” what is Mrs. Jones’ motivation?

Teaching Roger life lessons is Mrs. Jones’s motivation. Mrs. Jones is motivated by wanting to provide instruction to Roger. When Roger’s attempt to rob her fails because he falls flat on his back…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

How does Roger help in killing the sow?

In Chapter 8, Jack leads his group of savages on a hunt. While they are hunting, they come across a clearing in the forest where a large sow is lying down, feeding her piglets. The group of hunters…

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  • MACBETH

Please give an example of dramatic irony from Act 5 in Macbeth? Offer a description of why and…

Much dramatic irony abounds in Act 5 of The Tragedy of Macbeth. One example is in Scene 1. The doctor and gentlewoman overhear Lady Macbeth sleepwalking and talking about the blood on her hands….

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  • SCIENCE

Describe the distribution of earthquakes in the world.

Earth’s crust is divided into a number of fragments, known as tectonic plates. These plates are in constant motion and it has been found that most of the earthquakes take place along the plate…

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  • HOUSEKEEPING

In the novel Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, what is the Sylvie’s function? What/who does…

Sylvie is an incredibly important and complex character in the novel, not only because of her relationships to the girls, but also because of her eccentricities. Sylvie operates as a “transient,”…

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  • HISTORY

What principles did Chief Justice John Marshall set?

There were several principles established by the Marshall Court. One of these principles is the concept of judicial review. This means that the courts can rule on the constitutionality of actions…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What is a quote from the trial scene when Scout talks about Mayella Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird?

One of the passages from Chapter 18 of To Kill a Mockingbird that depicts the character of Mayella Ewell is the following: Apparently Mayella’s recital had given her confidence, but it was not…

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  • HISTORY

What were the main obstacles to Reconstruction?

By far the biggest obstacle to Reconstruction was the opposition of white Southerners. Almost immediately after the war, whites in the South formed vigilante groups to terrorize freedmen and passed…

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