Who is Bolden in Monster?

Who is Bolden in Monster?

  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

How did the Industrial Revolution play a part in A Christmas Carol?

The Industrial Revolution acts as a back-drop for the story and helps to craft some of the characters that Scrooge has financial power to help or hurt. Our own eNotes study guide says: In the…

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  • THE DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC

What do Chaya and Hannah both have in common in The Devil’s Arithmetic?

In the simplest way in The Devil’s Arithmetic, Chaya and Hannah have their Jewish faith in common (which includes all of the pertinent Jewish traditions). However, one must realize that Hannah…

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  • RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI

In what ways does Rikki exemplify the curiosity of a mongoose in his first days in bungalow in…

When Rikki-tikki-tavi washes up in the bungalow’s garden, he is immediately curious rather than frightened. We are told that a real mongoose is consumed with curiosity. Rikki-tikki definitely…

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  • THE LADY OR THE TIGER?

What is the conflict in the statement “for nothing pleased him so much as to make the crooked…

The king seems to prefer when things are going wrong so that he can fix the problem. Although the king claims that his kingdom runs smoothly, he runs it in a completely autocratic way. Everything…

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  • PERSEPOLIS: THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD

In Persepolis, how can I compare Marjane’s life in Iran and in Austria through the panels using…

I think it’s fair to say that she had fewer self-doubts as a little girl in the militantly repressive Iran than she had in the unstructured, unrestrained West. It’s tempting to say that one thing…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

What does Cherry throw into Dally’s face in The Outsiders?

In Chapter of 2 of the novel The Outsiders, Dally gives Cherry a Coke, and she throws it back in his face. When Dally first snuck into the drive-in, he spotted Cherry and her friend Marcia sitting…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why was Tom Robinson innocent?

The most compelling evidence to exhibit Tom Robinson’s innocence is the fact that his left arm is unusable due to an accident he had when he was younger. During the victim’s (Mayella’s) testimony,…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

Compare and contrast Ralph and Jack’s leadership roles?

Ralph is a selfless leader who is focused on the essential elements of survival and rescue. Ralph is constantly reminding the boys of the importance of maintaining a signal fire. Ralph uses the…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

In Chapter 8 what does Ponyboy discover that he and Cherry have in common in “The Outsiders”?

Ponyboy discovers that he and Cherry both see the same sunset and not all Socs are bad. When Ponyboy and Cherry run into each other at the movie theater, Cherry seems nice for a Soc. She…

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

Why did Stevenson decide to set The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in Victorian London?…

I think it is likely that Stevenson sets his novella in Victorian London because, in this era, there was such monumental concern about morality, the potentiality for good and evil within each of…

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  • THANK YOU, M’AM

Do you think Mrs. Jones is wise or foolish to trust Roger? Why?

The question of Mrs. Jones’ decision to trust Roger is one of the interpretive questions often discussed when analyzing Langston Hughes’ short story “Thank You, M’am.” When analyzing the question…

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  • SCIENCE

How to demonstrate air resistance that occurs on cars?

The motion of a car is resisted by air and this resistance is commonly referred to as air resistance. In ideal scenario, this air resistance is demonstrated and measured using a wind-tunnel…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What are two good quotes from Chapter 5, and three good quotes from Chapter 6 in the novel To…

Chapter 5 “There are just some kind of men who—who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.” (Lee…

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  • THE WHITE MAN’S BURDEN

How are Europeans presented in the poem “White Man’s Burden?”

First, we must remember that Kipling’s intended readers were American, not European. Kipling’s poem was urging the United States to take up the “burden” of annexing the Philippines, recently won by…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What is the significance of Scout’s first day at school in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Scout’s first day of school is important because her expectations do not meet reality. The first day of school is a maturing experience for Scout. She was very excited about going to school for…

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  • INTO THIN AIR

How does Krakauer feel after achieving something he has been dreaming about for months?

Krakauer dreamed of ascending Everest for a lot longer than a few months. Climbing was a an early passion of Krakauer’s, so his dream of ascending Everest had been around for years. I dreamed of…

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  • HISTORY

Describe the background events leading up to the war between North and South Vietnam.

In order to understand the events leading to the Vietnam War, we must look at the region of French Indochina prior to the start of World War II. France ruled this region prior to World War II….

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  • LITERATURE

When is touch included in “The Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury?

You’re referring to one of the most graphic images in the story. Without Eckels’s help, the time travel party has killed the T-Rex. Eckels is so disabled by his terror that he stumbled back to…

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  • THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

How are love and marriage treated in The Importance of Being Earnest?

As the complete title of the play specifies, The Importance of Being Earnest is “A trivia comedy for serious people.” This means that those themes which are universally considered, or treated, in a…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

Analyze the scene in which the boys kill the sow in the novel Lord of the Flies.

In Chapter 8, Jack and his hunters surround a group of pigs laying peacefully under the trees. He spots a big black sow that is nursing her piglets. After they initially throw their spears at her,…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill A Mockingbird’s courthouse scene, what are some prejudice quotes that don’t involve…

There are examples of religious and class prejudices during the trial as well as sexism. We learn a lot about Maycomb from the trial. Maycomb clearly has racial prejudice abundant, but we also…

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  • HOMER

In the Cyclopes, how many men go ashore with Odysseus?

In Book 9 of the Odyssey, protagonist Odysseus relates to the Phaeacians his encounter with Polyphemus the Cyclops. He took twelve men ashore with him to the land of the Cyclopes and told the rest…

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  • DEATH OF A SALESMAN

What quotes show how Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman didn’t support his son Biff with the…

One of the quotes that show Willy’s disappointment at Biff’s choice of moving West to work at a ranch come in Act 1, after Happy and Biff discover, through Linda, that Willy has been acting…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What does Juliet plan to do with the rope ladder in Act 3 Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet?

In Act III, Scene 2, Juliet originally asks her Nurse to obtain “a cord” so that Romeo may climb this rope and enter her chambers in order to consummate their marriage; however, after she learns…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why does Atticus visit the Radley house?

In Chapter Eight, Atticus visits the Radley house to offer his condolences to the Radley family after Mrs. Radley passes away. Although Jem and Scout both think that Mrs. Radley died at the hands…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What language techniques are used in the following sentence, and what effects do they have on the…

This line from Romeo and Juliet uses personification to drive home Romeo’s point. In the line mentioned above (line 67 of Act 2, Scene 2), “love” takes on human qualities, as it climbs over stone…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

What are some examples of figurative language in the Odyssey?

One type of figurative language that is used often in The Odyssey is personification. Personification is when animate or human-like qualities are given to an inanimate object or concept. For…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

How is natural law incorporated into the American Legal System and explain how Natural Law…

Natural law is incorporated into the American legal system at a foundational level. In fact, one must go back to not only the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution but also to…

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  • THE AGE OF GREAT DREAMS

Compare and contrast Nixon and Kennedy in The Age of Great Dreams.

Farber suggests that the American Presidential Election of 1960 is a study of comparisons and contrasts between Nixon and Kennedy. A strong comparison between both politicians is their emphasis on…

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  • THE LOTTERY

How does Mrs. Hutchinson embody the dystopian protagonist?

First, you should define “The Dystopian Protagonist” to identify how it is distinguished from a general protagonist. A dystopian protagonist recognizes the elements of their society that makes it a…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How is the theme of racism presented in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird? How do language,…

Racism is a central theme in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and it manifests itself in a number of ways. However, it’s often helpful to look at racism within the novel as it is represented…

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  • THE RAVEN

With what internal conflict does the speaker struggle in “The Raven”?

The speaker in “The Raven” is agonizing over the death of a beloved maiden named Lenore. He finds it so painful to remember her that he is struggling not to think about her. But he keeps…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What is the contrast between Jem and Scout’s reaction to school in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Scout has a rough time in school and doesn’t like it. On her first day, she is told by her teacher, Miss Caroline, to stop reading and writing at home. Scout is also punished after attempting to…

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  • THE NECKLACE

What is an example of dramatic irony in “The Necklace?”

It is difficult to explain an example of dramatic irony in “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant. Dramatic irony is a literary device in which the reader or audience knowns something in a piece…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

How does Shakespeare treat justice in The Merchant of Venice?

In The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare juxtaposes two different ideas of justice: that of Christian justice, in which mercy is paramount; and justice as represented by Shylock, who argues for law…

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  • GULLIVER’S TRAVELS

Describe Gulliver’s journey from Luggnugg to Japan.

Apparently the kingdom of Luggnugg does a good deal of trade with the empire of Japan, and after Gulliver repeatedly refused a court position from the king of Luggnugg, the king agreed to write him…

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  • LITERATURE

What changes could we make to “The Bet” to make the story more interesting?

While “The Bet” is a great story with a twist ending, there are some changes that could be made to make it even more interesting. Here are a few: Before reading the letter, the banker carries out…

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  • DAWN

Early in Night by Elie Wiesel, some of the young men want to revolt. Why don’t they?

When the Jews of Sighet reach Birkenau, there is a moment where several of the young men talk of revolting. A few of them had knives. “We’ve got to do something. We can’t let ourselves be killed….

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  • LITERATURE

What are some of the major features of the poetry of the twentieth century?

Poetry in English underwent radical changes in form and language, particularly owing to the work of a number of American poets. Where poetry was once written according to agreed upon standards of…

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  • THE BET

What changes can be made to make “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov more interesting?

Personally, I think famous writer Anton Chekhov did a fine job at making his story “The Bet” interesting, and I doubt there is anything any of us could do to make it better. However, if you want to…

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  • THE LADY OR THE TIGER?

What does the princess do when the young man is in the arena, and what motive does she have for…

In the arena, when the young man looks at the princess, she points to the right “without the slightest hesitation.” Whether she points to the door with the fair maiden so he can be married and…

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  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

For what is Shakespeare famous?

William Shakespeare is famous for his plays and his sonnets. He probably wrote 38 plays during the course of his life (his authorship of some are disputed) and 154 sonnets. Several of his plays…

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  • SCIENCE

Explain the process of fertilisation in plants.

Plants contain organs for sexual reproduction, located inside their flowers. Male organs are called stamens. In the anther at the top of the stamen, pollen grains are produced which contain haploid…

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  • AMONG THE HIDDEN

What route was Luke going to take to the sports family’s house?

Having read Haddix’ “Among the Hidden” and other titles in her series of books, I immediately recognized your question as referring to one of the climax moments of the novel. In the novel, for…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, what sound shattered the neighborhood?

The sound of Nathan Radley’s shotgun going off “shattered” the calm of the neighborhood the night he finds someone in his yard. Jem sneaks into the Radley yard to see if he can peek through…

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

Dramatic irony occurs when the reader knows something that a character does not. Identify three…

Perhaps the biggest example of dramatic irony within The Cask of Amontillado is the overall plot in and of itself: Montresor is planning on killing Fortunato, which we learn at the beginning of the…

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  • MONSTER

Who is Bolden in Monster?

Wendell Bolden is one of the witnesses that the prosecutor, Petrocelli, brings to the stand in Steve Harmon’s murder trial. Like Salvatore Zinzi, who testifies before him, Bolden is a guy who has…

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  • MATH

Prove that if two non-vertical lines are perpendicular, then the product of their slopes is -1.

One way to prove this is by using Pythagorean theorem. Let’s label the coordinates of point of the intersection of the two perpendicular lines as  . Then, since the lines are…

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  • THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

Why does the author make reference to the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon?

  1. Henry is using the wildest hyperbole to describe how Della and Jim valued their family treasures: her beautiful long hair and his gold watch. The references to the Queen of Sheba and King…

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  • THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

How is Lord Henry Wotton seen as a hypocritical character, and how is he seen as a catalyst in…

Lord Henry is both a hypocrite and a catalyst in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Beginning with his hypocrisy, we see the first, and arguably most important, example of this in Chapter Two when Lord…

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