Why did the fakir cast a spell on the monkey’s paw?

Why did the fakir cast a spell on the monkey’s paw?

  • HISTORY

What are the four types of government (oligarchy, aristocracy, monarchy, democracy)?

Your class has studied four kinds of government. They were oligarchy, aristocracy, monarchy, and democracy. Monarchy and democracy are easy to distinguish from one another. Monarchy is rule by…

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  • BUSINESS

Provide a summary of the history of business in Ghana.

Ghana’s first contact with Europeans occurred around 1470. The Portuguese began exploring the Fanti coast southern Ghana. Over the next ten years they built an export empire centered around the…

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  • HISTORY

What were the consequences of the rise of trusts during the 19th century?

The rise of trusts in the late 1800s had an impact on American society. As big businesses formed, the competition began to decrease. The trusts either bought out the competition to form monopolies…

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  • SHOOTING AN ELEPHANT

Why did Orwell shoot the elephant and how does he use this anecdote to illustrate his feelings…

As Orwell makes clear in the text, he did not want to shoot the elephant but, in fact, felt compelled to do so because of his role in Burmese society: The people expected it of me and I had got to…

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  • TO HELL WITH DYING

What happened at the end of “To Hell with Dying”?

The end of “To Hell with Dying” by Alice Walker showed the beloved character, Mr. Sweet, dying surrounded by the narrator and her family. For years, the narrator’s family rushed to his bedside to…

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  • FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON

What do you think becomes of Charlie after the story ends in Flowers for Algernon?

Prior to becoming a subject of an experiment, Charlie works in a factory and he is often the victim of teasing and bullying. Other workers take joy in setting Charlie up. After Charlie loses his…

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  • SCIENCE

What are positive and negative points of a dairy farm?

Like any other industry, the dairy industry too has its pros and cons. It is one of the few industries where a person can earn revenues every day, because new (or fresh) product is ready every day….

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  • HISTORY

What did the ancient greeks contribute to western civilization?

It is difficult to overstate the contributions the ancient Greeks gave to Western civilization. A few of their important contributions include the development of history, literature, and…

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  • HARVEST OF EMPIRE

In chapters 4 to 9, what are some comparisons in the migration and acclimation of three major…

If you are talking about chapters 4-9, then you are talking about the entirety of Part 2 in Harvest of Empire. This part, aptly named “Branches” does talk a lot about the differences in “migration…

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  • THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

What are two things Brom Bones does to get back at Ichabod for trying to steal Katrina?

In The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, Brom Bones (Abraham Brunt) and Ichabod Crane are rivals for the affections of Katrina Van Tassel, the beauteous eighteen year old daughter of a wealthy Dutch farmer,…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

What is one quote that describes what the scaffold symbolizes in The Scarlet Letter?

One interesting excerpt from chapter 22 shows the scaffold as part of the nature of Hester Prynne. It is because Hester’s rebellious nature keeps her enslaved to certain things, behaviors, and…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

How does Nick react when Gatsby says, “look here old sport, what’s your opinion of me, anyhow?”

The easiest way to answer this question is by going to the text. Nick says Gatsby “surprisingly” asks Nick, “what’s your opinion of me anyhow?” Then he admits, “A little overwhelmed, I began the…

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  • THE FREEDOM WRITERS DIARY

How do her fellow teachers treat Gruwell? Why?

Interesting question! In the book The Freedom Writers Diary, many of the teachers did not appreciate Mrs. Gruwell. Throughout the book, Mrs. Gruwell confronted many problems, including the negative…

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  • THE CANTERBURY TALES

What are three reasons why The Canterbury Tales were and are important?

The Canterbury Tales is one of the most important pieces of Medieval literature and, even today, its significance ought not to be understated. Here are some reasons why: Chaucer wrote The…

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  • THE ROAD TO MECCA

How can I analyze the journeys in The Road to Mecca of the three women, Miss Helen, Elsa, and the…

The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard is based on the life of a real South African woman, Helen Martins, whose elaborately decorated home, The Owl House, is now a museum. As in the play, Helen was a…

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  • WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

In Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? what is the meaning of Martha and George’s imaginary son?

Edward Albee’s Tony Award winning play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf analyzes many different aspects of “the American family” during the mid 20th Century. Society’s ‘picture-perfect’ family…

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  • REFERENCE

Why must a teacher be aware and sensitive to hidden curriculum?

It is important for a teacher to be aware of and sensitive to the hidden curriculum. The hidden curriculum often supports a viewpoint of the majority group or of influential individuals. Many…

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  • THE LEAP

In “The Leap” by Louise Erdrich, how does the narrator feel about her mother?

In “The Leap,” the narrator admires her mother. This is shown through her descriptions in the first paragraph in which the narrator notes how her mother’s blindness has not affected her ability to…

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Explain the ways characters are presented as villains and/or victims in Macbeth and in Great…

In both Macbeth and Great Expectations, it is the protagonists themselves who function as the greatest villains. Macbeth, succumbing to his own hubris and the prophecy that he will be king, decides…

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  • SCIENCE

A ball is dropped from a height h and falls the last half of its distance in 4 seconds. How long…

Hello! The height of the ball as a function of time t is H(t)=h−g⋅t22H(t)=h-g⋅t22 , where h is the initial height and g is the gravity acceleration.I suppose that the initial velocity is zero and the…

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  • HISTORY

What is the name of the roman goddess of love?

In Roman Mythology, the Roman goddess of love, beauty, seduction and female charm is Venus. The equivalent in Greek Mythology is Aphrodite. In Greek Mythology, there is a male counterpart – Adonis….

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

What happened to Lennie that made George stop being mean to him?

In a conversation with Slim, George’s tone of voice became confessional. He stated that he used to poke fun at Lennie and make him do things for his own amusement. In once instance, George told…

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  • THE FLOWERS

What is the point of view of the story “The Flowers” by Alice Walker?

The point of view for most of Alice Walker’s “The Flowers” is that of an omniscient narrator, but it becomes third person objective near the story’s end. For most of the story, the narrator knows…

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  • THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

How would you describe Bruno’s father throughout chapter 5 of The Boy In The Striped Pajamas?

Bruno’s father is a Nazi commandant. Under orders from the Fuhrer (‘Fury’ to Bruno’s nine year old ears), the whole family must move to Auschwitz (‘Out-With’ to Bruno) as Bruno’s father has been…

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  • RELIGION

Discuss the theory of the origin of religion, contextualizing it within Kenyan traditional…

There are numerous theories on the origin of religion. Two common theories are the sociological theory (put forth by Emile Durkheim), and the psychological theory (put forth by Carl Jung). Durkheim…

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  • THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

What are the issues raised within “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” the short story by F….

Often cited as Fitzgerald’s most clear attempt to write “science fiction,” this story raises many questions about the writer and his cultural milieu. Because Fitzgerald’s work is so closely…

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  • THE POETICS OF ARISTOTLE

Explain why Aristotle insists that the fall of a virtuous man “merely shocks us” instead of being…

Both Plato and Aristotle, although they disagree about whether poetry is ultimately good, both judge all forms of artistic endeavor by their effects on the moral constitution of the polis. The…

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  • MACBETH

What other roles do the witches play in Macbeth’s downfall (in addition to how they entranced and…

One other important element of the witches’ role in Macbeth by William Shakespeare is the way they serve as a moral test. In Shakespeare’s era, Christianity was the official state religion in…

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  • HAMLET

What is a good quote spoken by Claudius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet that shows his manipulative and…

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, some excellent passages that show Claudius’s manipulative and cunning nature can be found in Act 4, Scene 3. This scene takes place just after Hamlet has killed Polonius…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

Given that the Romantic Era strongly influenced Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing style in The…

Hawthorne seems to really want readers to be able to visualize the events taking place as well as the characters, and he therefore uses a great deal of descriptive language and imagery. When the…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

Nathaniel Hawthorne presents a critical view of the Puritans in The Scarlet Letter. How does…

Nathaniel Hawthorne uses rhetorical strategies to characterize the early Puritans by acknowledging their rigid moral values and by using both logical reasons and emotional appeals to his readers….

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  • DEATH OF A SALESMAN

In Death of a Salesman, does Linda tells Willy of her hallucinations, by saying “I have such…

In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy is the character to speak about having such strange thoughts, not Linda. This foreshadows the rest of the play, in which the artificial reality that…

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  • DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Is it true or false to say that, in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Willy is a realist who…

It is most definitely false to say that, in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Willy is a realist who tells Linda the exact truth about how his work is going as a traveling salesman.We first see…

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  • THE BET

What is the main concern of Anton Chekhov in “The Bet”?

The Bet addresses issues of materialism and the corruption of individuals in pursuit of wealth. The story described a situation where a banker and a lawyer engaged in a bet for and against the…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How do we relate a theme in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, to what is happening in…

One central theme in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is prejudice vs. tolerance. The theme of prejudice is especially developed through Atticus Finch’s defense of Tom Robinson, an African…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What does Atticus mean by this case is simple as black and white?

During Atticus’ closing remarks, he makes the statement, “this case is simple as black and white.” (20.271) There are two sides to this statement which are paradoxically linked. Atticus…

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

On what street does Mr. Pumblechook live in Great Expectations?

Uncle Pumblechook lives in the market section of the town on High Street. One winter day, Mrs. Joe and Uncle Pumblechook return from the market; Mrs. Joe is quite excited, declaring that Pip should…

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  • ARTS

Why does Shakespeare emphasize how his mistress is different from from others? Does he want to…

I assume you mean by Shakespeare’s “mistress” the Lady of whom he writes in the Sonnets. In particular, I am again assuming that you are referring to the Lady spoken to in Sonnet 18. This is the…

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  • HISTORY

Were American colonists justified in waging war and breaking away from Britain?

The American colonists were justified in their fight for independence because of the sustained oppression they suffered at the behest of the British administration. The grievances are best captured…

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  • THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL

What does Anne Frank say would do her more good than ten Valerian pills in Anne Frank: The Diary…

On Thursday, September 16, 1943, the entry in Anne Frank’s diary reads, a good, hearty laugh would help more than 10 Valerian pills, but we’ve almost forgotten how to laugh. This is all due to…

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  • DEATH OF A SALESMAN

How does Miller visually introduce the motif of enclosed versus open spaces in Death of a Salesman?

Through visual descriptions, Arthur Miller is very clever in showing how Willy Loman and his family are psychologically closed, restricted, and trapped by their own lives. One of the first ways is…

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  • THE STORY OF MY LIFE

Was Miss Sullivan a good mentor based on Helen Keller’s autobiography The Story of My Life?

In her autobiography The Story of My Life, Helen Keller most definitely presents her teacher Anne Sullivan as an excellent mentor and a role model for others to follow. One way in which Sullivan…

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  • HARRISON BERGERON

In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” why is the death of the title character significant?

The first reason that Harrison’s death is significant is because it is the story’s climax. The scenes in the Bergeron living room introduce the conflict between Harrison and the government. His…

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  • TUCK EVERLASTING

How does the title of Tuck Everlasting relate to the novel?

The title relates to the everlasting life the Tuck family has because they drank from the Fountain of Youth. This novel is about a family who found a spring that turned out to be the Fountain of…

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  • THE MONKEY’S PAW

What amount of compensation was the company willing to pay in the short story, “The Monkey’s Paw?”

The compensation that the company was willing to pay for the death of Herbert, Mr. and Mrs. White’s son, was two hundred pounds. The significance of this amount is that it is exactly what Mr. White…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Why does Shylock hate Antonio?

Perhaps Shylock is simply an angry person in general and doesn’t like anybody. That’s possible, but the text shows specifically that Shylock really does not like Antonio. Shylock is a Jew, and at…

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  • THE MONKEY’S PAW

Why did the fakir cast a spell on the monkey’s paw?

Since Sergeant-Major Morris did not get the monkey’s paw directly from the Indian fakir (or holy man), he does not have to be too specific about why the fakir wanted to do what he did. This is…

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  • TWO KINDS

In “Two Kinds,” by Amy Tan, what does America symbolize to the narrator’s mother?

America symbolizes opportunity for Suyuan, Jing-mei’s mother. Suyuan fled China in 1949 during the Communist Revolution. Her life in China had been traumatic; she had lost her first husband, her…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

Did Cassius persuade Brutus to kill Caesar or was Brutus going to do it anyway?

There is no indication in Shakespeare’s play that Brutus had any intention of killing his good friend Julius Caesar, a man who had always treated him with extreme kindness and generosity. Brutus…

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  • THE HELP

What does the incident with the prowler who harasses Minny and Celia reveal about their…

In the twenty-fourth chapter of Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help, Minnie and Miss Celia see a white man outside Miss Celia’s house. He is watching them and touching himself indecently. When he…

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