Who is the protagonist for “How Much Land Does a Man Need”?

Who is the protagonist for “How Much Land Does a Man Need”?

  • THE SEAFARER

What attractive power does the sea have on the seafarer in “The Seafarer” ?

“The Seafarer” is an Old English poem by an anonymous poet. The speaker in the poem tells of the difficulties of being adrift in the sea, then compares it to the relatively easy life of the…

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  • WHIRLIGIG

In chapter seven of “Whirligig,” what whirligig does Brent make?

This chapter is called “Apprentices.” Brent has made his way by bus from California to Tampa, on Florida’s Gulf coast. On a beach, he finds “a boarded-up ice cream shop” that is closed…

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  • SISTER CARRIE

Why is Carrie initially attracted to the traveling salesman Charles Drouet in Sister Carrie?

Charles Drouet, being a salesman, is self-assured, superficially sophisticated, and aggressive. Dreiser describes his general manner and appearance as “magnetism.” And Carrie is only eighteen years…

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  • FRANKENSTEIN

In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, how is Walton’s ambition similar to Victor’s?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a story about intellectual ambition and the arrogance of scientists and explorers who are so dedicated to pursuit of knowledge that they attempt to overreach the…

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  • THE CAY

In Chapter 4 of The Cay, what was Timothy’s response when Phillip asked him “What do we have to do?”

After their ship to Virginia is torpedoed by German submarines, Phillip finds himself without his mother and stranded on a raft with an old, black man named Timothy and a cat named Stew Cat….

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  • LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI

Why was the knight loitering about in the poem “La Belle Dame sans Merci”?

In this poem, perhaps one of the most well-known of Keats’ shorter works, we see a story of a knight who has fallen in love with a mysterious woman in the wilderness. The concept of “loitering” in…

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  • SCIENCE

What is the charge on a sodium (Na) ion that has given up an electron? On the chloride ion? What…

Sodium Chloride is an ionic compound made of the ions Na+ (sodium) and Cl- (chloride). It’s formula is NaCl. It’s electrically neutral because the 1:1 ratio of Na+ to Cl- gives it an equal number…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

How does the relationship between Antonio and Shylock affect the plot of The Merchant of Venice?

Before the play even starts, Antonio and Shylock have a very antagonistic relationship. It drives the play’s most suspenseful plot elements. Antonio disapproves of Shylock’s financial practices…

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  • THE GIVER

What are some quotes that show Jonas is thoughtful in The Giver?

“Jonas was beginning to feel frightened. No, wrong word, Jonas thought” (1) – In this quotation, despite the fact that Jonas is clearly unsettled and distracted (or as he determines, apprehensive),…

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  • MACBETH

In Macbeth by William Shakespeare, what do we learn from Ross and Angus? Who was the traitor in…

In the opening scenes of Macbeth, the Thane of Cawdor and Macdonwald have rebelled against King Duncan and allied themselves with the King of Norway. Macbeth is the hero who has defeated these…

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  • THE ROAD

“And perhaps beyond the shrouded swells another man did walk with another child on the dead gray…

One of the constant themes of the story is that of complete isolation. Not only are the man and his child alone in that they rarely see other humans, they also seem to be the only ones left who…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

Name three things the letter “A” stands for in The Scarlet Letter.

The letter “A” in The Scarlet Letter is a symbol that is often debated in the literary world. Most readers feel that the “A” stands for adultery, and that was Hawthorne’s intention when we wrote…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What is the relationship between Romeo and Mercutio from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet?

Romeo and Mercutio are just good friends, and that is the extent of their relationship. Romeo and Benvolio are cousins, and Mercutio is related to the Prince, as the Prince states after the…

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  • THE SEAFARER

Why did the seafarer keep returning to the sea?

Even though the seafarer spends the first part of the poem explaining how awful, lonely, and cold sea life is, he then says that he keeps going back to it voluntarily. The time for journeys would…

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  • THE DEMON LOVER

What is your attitude towards the woman who leaves her two children and goes with the Demon Lover?

Before answering this question, it is important to remember that the woman – Mrs Drover – does not go willingly with the Demon Lover. In fact, she is actively avoiding this man as we see by her…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

Why is Hester Prynne perceived as a threat to her Puritan community?

Hester is perceived as a threat to her community because she has broken the rules. Laws are created in order to enforce a certain kind of conformity; if everyone does exactly what they want, then…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, why did Romeo drink the poison that killed him and…

In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the two young lovers belong to feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo and Juliet are infatuated with each other and threaten to commit…

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  • THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN

What words did Junior use as he got ready for his first day at Reardan?

Junior says at least three things before he goes to school at Reardan: The first thing Junior says is in the chapter “Go Means Go” and is in reaction to his mother asking him if he’s really sure he…

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  • THE SIGN OF FOUR

What are the key events of Chapter Seven in The Sign of Four?

Chapter Seven of The Sign of Four begins with Watson escorting Miss Morstan home and then meeting with Holmes in Pinchin Lane, as previously agreed. Throughout the rest of the chapter, there are a…

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

What are one or two questions you would ask Montresor?

I would certainly want to know exactly why he is so angry with Fortunato. I would ask what these “thousand injuries” are that he mentions in the first sentence of the story. Montresor says it is an…

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  • LITERATURE

In “The Scarlet Ibis,” what’s wrong with the baby’s name, and why did the narrator change it to…

In “The Scarlet Ibis,” the narrator, Brother, thinks the name his parents gave his physically deformed little brother is too grand for such a small child. Doodle’s real name is William…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

What was Elizabeth’s intention when lying about John’s affair in The Crucible?

John has admitted to having an affair with Abby and this is why she is dismissed from their home. He reluctantly admits to this in order to show that Abby had a motive for having malicious intent…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

In The Odyssey by Homer, referring to Odysseus’ actions in Books 9-12, was he a bad leader and in…

Odysseus’ Leadership in Books IX-XII He and his men attack Ismarus and sack the city, killing the men and sharing the wives and plunder. In one way, Odysseus is characterized as a good leader…

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  • THE WIFE OF BATH’S TALE

Did the Wife of Bath have a stronger urge toward power or love?

The Wife of Bath definitely has a stronger urge toward power. This is shown in both the Prologue to the tale and in the actual tale. In the Prologue, the Wife of Bath describes her relationship…

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

How does Stevenson present Mr. Hyde?

Stevenson first presents the character of Mr. Hyde through the conversation between Mr. Enfield, a man who has actually seen Hyde, and his relative, Mr. Utterson. Enfield describes a scene he once…

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  • HAMLET

What do Polonius and Claudius believe they have learned from their plan in Hamlet?

In Act III, Scene i of Hamlet, Claudius and Polonius have decided to spy on Hamlet. They set a scene so that they can, unobserved, see and hear his conversation with Ophelia. Hamlet gives his…

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  • FRANKENSTEIN

In Shelley’s Frankenstein, at what point would someone consider Victor as being a monster?

Your question is a good one that depends on a person’s perspective on what would constitute an act so immoral that a person would be identified as a monster. During the era in which Victor lives,…

  • SCIENCE

What atoms make up water and how many of each atom are there?

The formula for water is H2O. H is the symbol for the element hydrogen. O is the symbol for the element oxygen. Subscripts (the small numbers) indicate how many atoms of each element to the LEFT of…

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  • JULIE OF THE WOLVES

What are two caribou fighting over in Julie of the Wolves?

Because these are brute animals, there is no real way for us to know what the two caribou were fighting over, but there are two possibilities: food and/or a mate. During the Arctic winter, food is…

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  • LITERATURE

What is queer theory?

Queer theory is a framework of critical identity analysis that examines the ways in which identity does or does not define who we are and shape our experiences. Often, queer theory is used to…

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  • CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD

What is revealed in the writing on the cross?

In Avi’s work of fiction, Crispin and the Cross of Lead, we meet a young boy who must flee his village after the death of his mother. He has been mistaken for a criminal and declared a Wolf’s Head,…

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  • THE ROCKING-HORSE WINNER

What does Uncle Oscar find out from talking to Paul in D. H. Lawrence’s short story “The…

In D. H. Lawrence’s short story “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” after Uncle Oscar discovers that Paul converses with the gardener Bassett about horse races, Uncle Oscar takes Paul for a drive to find…

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  • THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

How are General Zaroff and Rainsford alike and different in the story “The Most Dangerous Game?”

Let’s start with the similarities. First, General Zaroff and Rainsford are hunters. They both love the hunt, and both men are accomplished veterans. We can say that hunting runs in their veins. We…

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  • OTHELLO

What does the titular character decide at the end of scene three of Shakespeare’s Othello?

Othello decides to take Desdemona with him to Cyprus. In this scene, Othello and Desdemona have had to explain and defend their love for one another. Brabantio calls on the duke to punish Othello…

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  • IF

What advice does the poet, Rudyard Kipling, give when a person fails in his life in accordance…

The obvious answer is that Rudyard Kipling does not treat negative consequences at all in his poem “If.” The poem begins by setting up a series of conditional statements. Logically, the first three…

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  • THE BASS, THE RIVER, AND SHEILA MANT

What is a simile from the short story “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant”?

A simile is a literary device that compares two things using the words “like” or “as.” Similes make writing more interesting because they help the reader create a more vivid picture of what the…

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  • WINTER DREAMS

What is an example of a periodic sentence in “Winter Dreams”?

A periodic sentence is designed to be poetic and/or create suspense and anticipation because the full and completed meaning behind the sentence does not resolve until the very end of the sentence….

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  • THE MONKEY’S PAW

In what way does the setting described in lines 1-21 suggest or foreshadow later events?

The opening lines of “The Monkey’s Paw” establishes a mood of impending trouble because the little home is so isolated that the family is unprotected from any sort of trouble that could happen. But…

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  • SONNET 130

Which words are most powerful in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130?

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.I have seen roses…

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  • NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE

What are Douglass’s feelings in chapter 5 of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass?

Chapter five illustrates an important turning point in Douglass’s life. Douglass begins the chapter describing the horrible living conditions as a child slave. However, when he is told he will be…

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  • TWO KINDS

What were some of the failures Jing-mei experienced as her mother explored her areas of talent in…

Jing-mei fails memory tests, and at the piano. The first tests Jing-mei fails are memory tests. Some of them are a little silly. The tests got harder – multiplying numbers in my head, finding the…

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  • BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

What challenges does John expect to happen as he journeys through the Place of the Gods in The…

One challenge that John faces on his journey is the need to find and hunt food. The reader is told that the Place of the Gods is an “eight suns” journey to the east. He’s going to need to find…

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  • THE GIVER

What do you think would happen if a citizen did not want to do his or her assignment ? What…

In Ch. 2 Jonas worries about his upcoming assignment and his parents reassure him that the Council of Elders make their choices very carefully and based on a lot of observation. When Jonas wonders…

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  • THE DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC

In The Devil’s Arithmetic, which musician is executed ?

In The Devil’s Arithmetic, the violinist from the klezmer band is one of six men executed by the guards for daring to plot and carry out an escape. In Chapter 17, Gitl tells Hannah that a small…

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  • THE NECKLACE

In “The Necklace,” Madame Loisel wishes to have an expensive dress for the reception. How does…

In “The Necklace,” by Guy de Maupassant, Madame Loisel is disappointed to learn that her husband has obtained an invite to a reception, because she does not own any expensive jewelry or a proper…

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  • FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON

Why is Charlie careful to not get too emotional in Flowers for Algernon?

Charlie is warned from the beginning (or at least the beginning of his coherent thought processes) that his intellectual growth will “outstrip” his emotional growth. This makes sense because…

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  • ANTIGONE

What does this statement mean: “it is the dead not the living who make the longest demands,” a…

In the “Prologue” to Antigone, Antigone tells her sister Ismene that “it is the dead not the living, who make the longest demands.” Antigone is referring to the laws of the gods who hold that…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

What does Mildred do all day in Fahrenheit 451?

Mildred lives a pitiful existence in her daily life by being obsessed with soap operas that are televised onto her wall size TV screens. She has three walls of her living room covered by these…

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  • SCIENCE

What atoms make up water and how many of each are there?

Hello! One molecule of water is made up of: one atom of oxygen ( ) and two atoms of hydrogen ( ). The formula is therefore  The mass of one oxygen atom is about 16 times the mass of…

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  • HOW MUCH LAND DOES A MAN NEED?

Who is the protagonist for “How Much Land Does a Man Need”?

The protagonist in Tolstoy’s story “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” is a peasant named Pahom. As stated succinctly in the enotes summary, Pahom’s one overwhelming desire in life is to own plenty of…

 


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