Why do these men not shoot each other when they come face to face in “The Interlopers”?

Why do these men not shoot each other when they come face to face in “The Interlopers”?

  • THE BLACK CAT

What is a summary of “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe?

The story starts out with a boy who preferred the company of animals to the company of his peers. When he grows up, he finds a woman who feels the same way and they get married. One of the pets…

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  • THE REMAINS OF THE DAY

Ishiguro in The Remains of the Day says in an interview that something is gained if we move in…

The relationship between Stevens and Lord Darlington is instrumental in analyzing the quote by the author. Lord Darlington was a wealthy gentleman who sympathized with the Nazis and got involved in…

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  • BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

What does John believe will happen to him if he travels to the Place of the Gods?

John believes that he will die if he travels to ‘The Place of The Gods.’ However, if he decides not to fulfill his destiny, John believes that his spirit will never be at rest. He decides that it…

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  • LIFE OF PI

In Life of Pi, which animals do lion trainers choose to have in their performance?

In circuses and other environment where lions are trained by humans, the trainers must always be in a position of total authority and total control. In other words, the tamers are the alpha males…

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  • THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

How does the outer poverty of the scene contrast with the inner richness of Jim and Della in “The…

Although they have suffered financial setbacks, Della and Jim are rich in love and tenderness for one another. Thus, their wealth of the heart and the spirit contrasts sharply with their material…

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  • A DOLL’S HOUSE

In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, to what extent does Torvald treat Nora as a doll and as a child?

In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Torvald consistently patronizes his wife Nora with seemingly innocuous comments such as “my little squirrel” and other demeaning rather than endearing comments….

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  • THE DEMON LOVER

What happens after Mrs. Drover leaves the house?

There is not much that happens after Mrs. Dover leaves the house, but it is where everything in the story comes together. She leaves the house when a draft of air suggests someone is leaving…

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  • THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER

Describe Mrs.Walker. What are her two mains sins? What do you think happened to her when she…

Mrs Walker is described as being just as miserly as Tom, and spends most of her time attempting to cheat and deceive him. She has no obvious job, nor does she appear to have any hobbies, interests,…

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  • EVERYDAY USE

What effect do you think Mama wants the way she handles the quilt conflict to have on Maggie in…

By insisting that Maggie keep the hand-stitched quilts, Mrs. Johnson reassures her daughter that she recognizes and approves of Maggie’s family values and her personal desires; moreover, through…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

What is a quote from the book The Crucible that says what Reverend Parris dislikes?

I have always been under the impression that Reverend Parris does not really like his position in Salem. I don’t know if he doesn’t like being a minister, or if he doesn’t like being a minister in…

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  • HARRISON BERGERON

What kind of handicap has been imposed on people with better than average mental capacity in the…

In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., everyone has finally been made equal in every way. Nobody is smarter than anybody else; nobody is more athletic or beautiful or anything. In this…

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  • BLESS ME, ULTIMA

How does the experience with Tenorio affect each person in the Marez home?

Tenorio Trementina is a truly sinister character that stands for evil in the novel, as his own name indicates (the name evokes the character of Don Juan Tenorio, a corrupted and devilish seducer in…

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  • THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL

In “The Minister’s Black Veil,” what was the attitude of the other minister toward Mr. Hooper on…

The minister of Westbury, Mr. Clark, attends the deathbed of Mr. Hooper, now called Father Hooper. Mr. Clark clearly has a great deal of respect for Father Hooper and calls him “‘a blameless…

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  • A SOUND OF THUNDER

In “A Sound of Thunder”, what means of travel do the hunters use to go on safari?

This story is set in the future, sometime around the year 2055 or later. In this setting, a time machine has been developed. It isn’t explained if the machine is a proprietary technology (not…

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  • LITERATURE

Why is the way literature reflects its time and cultural values important?

The answer to this question lies in why we read, I think. We read to learn about other times, places, and peoples, and we read to learn about ourselves. In both instances, the time and cultural…

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  • THE CATBIRD SEAT

Which of Martin’s co-workers decided to resign?

At the beginning of the story, Mr. Martin, who has decided to “rub out” Ulgine Barrows, is reviewing his case against her over a glass of milk. Mr. Fitweiler, who really knows very little about the…

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  • NIGHT

What literary device is used when Elie describes the new year’s inspection as a gift?

Section five of Night opens with the Jewish new year, usually just after summer and either in September or early October. After Elie has refused to fast on Yom Kippur, it is revealed that the SS is…

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  • HISTORY

Where in Columbus’s description of “A Spectacle of Great Beauty” do we see evidence of the three…

Gold, God, and Glory. These have been described as motives for European dominance of the new world. In Christopher Columbus’s account of his time with the native populations, he explicitly…

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  • HARRISON BERGERON

What is the effect of Harrison Bergeron’s death on society? What are the differences between the…

Given how effective the mental handicaps seem to be, Harrison’s death will have little effect on this particular society. George’s and Hazel’s television burns out immediately after they see their…

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  • THE SCARLET IBIS

What is the year and the season of “The Scarlet Ibis”?

“The Scarlet Ibis” starts out with the following line: “It was in the clove of seasons, summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born. . .” Brother is writing the story from a future moment in…

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  • MILKWEED

In the book Milkweed, what are some details to summarize chapters seven and eight?

Author Jerry Spinelli tells the story of a boy who lives orphaned in Warsaw. The streets are the boy’s home. The child has to steal to feed himself and other orphans. He witnesses the noble image…

  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What does Romeo’s use of metaphor and oxymoron reveal about his character? 1 image

Romeo’s use of metaphor and oxymoron in Act I seems to show that he doesn’t actually know what love is. With his multitudinous oxymoron, he basically describes love as a combination of opposites;…

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  • SCIENCE

How do you do an experiment to find whether a liquid is acidic or alkaline?

There are a number of way in which one can determine whether a liquid is an acid or a base. The laboratory method would be to simply measure its pH, a value above 7 indicates a base and value less…

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  • SCIENCE

Explain the factors that control flowering in short day plants.

Plants, specifically flowering ones (angiosperms), use photoreceptor proteins eg phytochrome or cryptochrome to flower. These proteins help the plants respond to seasonal change in the photoperiod…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

Old Major was annoying the other animals about not getting their rights. Explain.

We can probably use a better word than “annoy.” Old Major was challenging and warning the animals on the farm on account of their situation. He wanted them to see that their situation was not a…

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  • THE KITE RUNNER

The Kite Runner is about human relations and about societies in the throes of transition. How…

Social theory lies at the heart of fully understanding the implications of The Kite Runner. The question is asking you for your own thoughts. What I provide can be integrated into your own…

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  • ODE ON A GRECIAN URN

“Forever will thou love, and she be fair.” Discuss the central theme of “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by…

“Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats is actually a poem about the Parthenon frieze, which had been brought to England by Lord Elgin and was on display in the British Museum. The central theme of…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

What are the traditional approaches to the study of phonology?

Phonology attempts to analyze how and why sounds change in different environments. With articulatory and acoustic phonetics, you are looking at how sounds are produced and what they sound like….

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Why did the Federalists oppose the bill of rights originally, and why did the Anti-Federalists…

When the Constitution was written, there was no Bill of Rights in it. This was a concern for those who didn’t support the Constitution. These people were called the Anti-Federalists. The…

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  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

How do Mr. Bennet’s comments about his wife’s nerves reflect his overall opinion of her in Jane…

By the end of the first chapter in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the narrator informs the reader that Mrs. Bennet is narrow-minded, ignorant, ill-tempered, and whenever she was unhappy, she…

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  • THANK YOU, M’AM

What is a brief summary of “Thank you, M’am” by Langston Hughes?

Langston Hughes’ short story “Thank You, Ma’am” is a tale about a young teenager who tries to steal a woman’s purse to buy himself new blue suede shoes. The woman, Mrs. Jones, scolds and grabs the…

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  • SCIENCE

Calculate the race adjusted death rate for Disease Z in Community X by the direct method, using…

*comparison of crude death rates from two different communities can be misleading, because of differences in community composition (such as age or race distribution). Therefore, an adjustment…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

In Romeo and Juliet, what are some examples of figurative language in Act 1?

Romeo and Juliet, Act I Metaphor: “At my poor house look to behold this night / Earth-treading stars that make heaven light” (I.ii) — Lord Capulet compares the women who will be at his party to…

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  • THE BOTANY OF DESIRE

What is Pollan’s main point in Chapter 2 of The Botany of Desire?

As with the other chapters in this book, Pollan uses history and descriptions of historical events to explore his main ideas. Based upon his theory that plants develop qualities to encourage humans…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

What are some quotes from Fahrenheit 451 that show what the book symbolizes?

Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, symbolizes a warning to our society and many of the issues discussed are clearly evident today. It is very interesting that Bradbury understood in the 1950s how…

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  • HISTORY

How did France’s economic aid help the American Rebels to defeat Britain in the American Revolution?

Benjamin Franklin signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance with France in 1778. The first treaty formally recognized the United States as an independent nation and…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

List the four reasons Jem and Dill give for deciding to peek into the Radley’s window in To Kill…

In Chapter 6, Dill and Jem say they are casually going for a walk. Scout knows that they are up to something and questions what the two have planned. Jem tells Scout to go home, and tells her that…

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  • SEPTEMBER 1, 1939

How is personification used in the poem “September 1, 1939”?

What is personification? Personification is the act of giving human characteristics to non-human things, such as animals or inanimate objects. How does Auden use personification in his poem…

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  • EVERYDAY USE

How do the mother’s observations about family reunions as presented on television introduce the…

Conflict is introduced when television shows cause Mrs. Johnson to “dream a dream” of a happy reunion even though she is not “the way my daughter would want me to be.”As she anticipates the arrival…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

What resulted from what was revealed to Chillingworth in the incident just related?

Perhaps the reason why this question has taken so long to be answered is that no one is quite sure what the “incident just related” is. However, after having taught this novel many times, my guess…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

Why do composers, authors, and screenwriters so frequently use Romeo & Juliet as a basis for…

A great question. There are several answers to this. I’ll start with the cynical one. In formal logic, there’s something called “the bandwagon fallacy,” or the appeal to popularity. This is the…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

In the Scarlet Letter, where in the text can you find evidence for Hawthorne’s opinion about…

In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne does express his ideas about sin and revenge. In Chapter 17, Hester tells him about Chillingworth. At first, he is very angry with her, but when he calms down, he…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why does Atticus leave for two weeks in To Kill a Mockingbird?

What you are referring to takes place in chapter 12. Atticus leaves for two weeks, because there was an emergency session of the state legislature. The governor, according to Scout, wanted to do…

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  • HISTORY

I need advice on how to understand articles written in the 1700s. I’m writing a history paper…

First, by finding and working with these articles you are off to an excellent start in the process of doing primary research. Although eighteenth-century English is “modern” English in both…

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  • THE INTERLOPERS

Why do these men not shoot each other when they come face to face in “The Interlopers”?

At the surprising moment when Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym find themselves looking at each other, they cannot react quickly enough to shoot each other in cold blood because they have been…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Is Locke’s Two Treatises of Government a good book to read for a US government class? Can you…

The answer would depend on the nature of the course. If your class is only about books that are written by Americans, or that directly address the American system of government, the answer is no,…

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  • SEEDFOLKS

In the book Seedfolks, what do you think Leona means when she says, “you can’t measure the…

Leona is an energetic African-American woman who was raised with a “tough as nails” grandmother, Granny. She takes it upon herself to ensure the garden is kept trash free. This entails…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

Who visits Ponyboy in chapter 11, and what did he have to say?

Chapter 11 of The Outsiders begins with Ponyboy confined to bed rest in order to further facilitate his recovery. He spends some time looking through a yearbook before he is told that he has a…

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  • REFERENCE

What is Internet fraud and how is it different from traditional fraud? What are the key…

I would strongly suggest that you consult your textbook and/or your class notes as there are different ways to define these various crimes. For example, this link does not say that internet fraud…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

If you were a warden, how would you handle long-term prisoners?

Given that the warden’s tasks are multiple and complex, regarding long-term prisoners, the three areas of concern are security for guards and fellow prisoners, health and safety of the long-term…

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