Why does Prince Hamlet seek revenge on his uncle, King Claudius, in Hamlet?

Why does Prince Hamlet seek revenge on his uncle, King Claudius, in Hamlet?

  • PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF

What is the rising action for the book, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief?

The phrase rising action refers to the events in a narrative that create suspense, tension, and interest, and this includes all background information, characters’ decisions and flaws, etc., that…

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  • NIGHT

Explain “our eyes were opened, but too late” in Night. Where was the train at this point?

They realize they are not staying in Hungary. They are in Kaschau. When Wiesel says that their eyes were opened, he means that they are aware that the Nazis mean them harm. They are no longer in…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

How is the education system a good example of informal control?

Informal control is a system of social control (the other being formal control) in which control is exercised in a more informal or casual manner by the members of the group (or society). Informal…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

How is the education system an example of good social control?

Social control is a mechanism by which society or social groups try to prevent or limit socially undesirable behavior. Education is a form of good social control. At various levels of our education…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why does Dill tell the biggest lies in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Dill lies as a way to feel wanted and included. Charles Baker Harris is a little boy with a big imagination. He comes to Maycomb to stay during the summer with his Aunt Rachel. If you think about…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

How does the use of the word “crucible” convey two different meanings?

The meaning of this word has various implications for the situation and imagery of the play. The dictionary definition of this word is two-fold: it can refer to a container or vessel, often used in…

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  • THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL

Do you think all people carry secrets as “The Minister’s Black Veil” suggests?

Certainly, I believe that everyone has secrets, even if those secrets are not “sinful,” per se, since — as the other commenter points out — sin is subjective and religious in nature. Everyone…

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  • THINGS FALL APART

Describe and explain Okonkwo’s reaction to the death of Ikemefuna.

After killing Ikemefuna, Okonkwo is very upset. He doesn’t eat for two days and has difficulty sleeping. He was very fond of Ikemefuna and he knew that this boy had been a positive influence on…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

In The Outsiders, what is Dally’s reaction before the police shot him?

If you start at the moment that Johnny died in the hospital, it is clear that Dally’s heart had broken. He rages at Johnny not to die and then says “that’s what you get for tryin’ to help people.”…

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  • RELIGION

What religious groups lived in the Virginia Colony?

The largest religious group to live in the Virginia Colony was the Anglicans. The Anglican Church of England was the official religion of the colony. Other Christian sects in the colony included…

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  • FRINDLE

What are three important events that led to Nick’s big idea in Frindle?

Three things happened on the day that Nick Allen got his big idea. The first thing happened while Nick and his friend, Janet, were walking home from school. They usually took the bus, but had…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

What kinds of people came to Gatsby’s parties?

At the beginning of chapter 4, Nick Carraway gives a list of the different types of people who attend Gatsby’s parties. First, from East Egg, the more sophisticated village: “Chester Beckers and…

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  • THE VELDT

What were the screaming noises? What was happening in the nursery while the screams were happening?

The screaming noises coming from the nursery at the beginning of “The Veldt” are the eventual screams of George and Lydia Hadley, as imagined by their children Wendy and Peter. The primary setting…

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  • HEALTH

Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological theory is often explained by using a diagram that looks like a…

To understand Bronfenbrenner’s point, one must first understand what each level (i.e. each ring of the target) of his bioecological theory represents. His theory was put forth during the 1970’s as…

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  • HEALTH

What is a stethoscope used for?

Stethoscopes are typically used to listen to sounds inside the body. The most commonly recognized use would be to listen to the heart in order to detect a heart murmur, if it is beating too…

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  • HARRISON BERGERON

What is the purpose of the government imposed radio transmitter worn by George in “Harrison…

The radio transmitter worn by George is an example of the handicaps enforced by the government. In “Harrison Bergeron,” everyone must be completely equal. This means that no one can be smarter,…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

What are some of the problems one may face while carrying out legal research?

Serious and competent legal research is not easy to do. There are many stumbling blocks inherent in the process, and I will discuss five: a basic lack of knowledge in the area of law, a…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What passage in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird shows that Scout is not scared of the Radley…

In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s not until Chapter 26 that Scout declares herself to be rid of her fears of the Radley Place. Scout has just started the third grade, and Tom Robinson’s…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, why does Scout like Miss Maudie so much?

Scout (and the other children) love Miss Maudie for three reasons. First, Miss Maudie was always welcoming to the children. Scout says that Miss Maudie allowed the children to have full reign over…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

What effect does the song Beasts of England have on the animals? Relate this to something that…

The song “Beasts of England” in Animal Farm is analogous to a national anthem in our world. Old Major introduces the song and his vision for Animal Farm shortly before his death. The song exhibits…

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  • THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY

How much money did Jim Smiley wager on his jumping frog?

The answer to this question can be found in the text of the story. Jim Smiley has trained his frog Dan’l Webster to be a good jumper. According to Simon Wheeler, Smiley did nothing for three months…

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  • ENDER’S GAME

What is a summary of Chapter Two of Ender’s Game?

Chapter Two starts with the mystery adults discussing how Ender won his fight with Stilson. They worry about Peter and his violent tendencies. In Ender’s house, Valentine is trying to make Ender…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

Abigail Williams plays a significant role in advancing the action in Act I of The Crucible. How…

Abigail is devious, unrepentant, trenchant and smart. In the first act, she is devious and smart in her manipulation of others. Her tactics are bullying and deceitful. When Parris questions Abigail…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

What is the role and importance of interest groups and political parties?

Interest groups and political parties play an important role in our political system. Political parties are important because they identify issues that are important to them, and they work to…

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  • THE CHASER

What does the title of the story “The Chaser” mean?

A chaser is a drink of something that usually follows a straight shot of whiskey, gin, tequila, or some other strong liquor. The chaser may be alcoholic or non-alcoholic. A lot of men like a shot…

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  • LYDDIE

In the book, did Lyddie make any mistakes repeatedly? Did she make the same mistakes over again…

In chapter 19, Lyddie acknowledges that she has a tendency to make the same mistake over again when she says to Diana, “Oh, Diana, I come too late. … I’m always too late to do any good.” By this…

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  • THE PIANO LESSON

In the play The Piano Lesson, what does the piano mean to each character?

In August Wilson’s powerful play, The Piano Lesson, the piano is one of the most important symbols in the story. The piano itself is over a hundred years old and has carvings on it of slaves that…

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  • RIP VAN WINKLE

How do the people in the village feel about Rip?

Rip Van Winkle was universally loved by everyone in the village with the exception of his wife. The narrator notes, for example, that “The children of the village, too, would shout with joy…

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  • THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

What is the role of the Magi in O. Henry’s story “The Gift of the Magi”?

The Magi are not literal figures within O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi.” Rather, the title is the reference to the presentation of gifts by the three wise men (or magi) to the infant Jesus. In…

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  • THE GIVER

Who are the main characters in the book “The Giver?”

There are two main characters, Jonas and The Giver. Jonas is the new Receiver of Memory and the story is told from his viewpoint (not narrated by him, but we know what he knows). Once he is named…

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  • A WRINKLE IN TIME

In A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, how does Calvin explain Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and…

This is an interesting question because Calvin tries to explain the three characters to the beasts continually as Meg is recovering from her escape from the “Black Thing” in Chapter 11. However,…

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  • TWO KINDS

What does Jing-Mei learn from Mr. Chong in “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan?

Mr. Chong is Jing-mei’s piano teacher. Although he is an excellent pianist and formerly taught piano to others, he is now retired. Suyuan, Jing-mei’s mother, chooses him as Jing-mei’s teacher…

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  • ANNABEL LEE

What is the end rhyme of the poem “Annabel Lee” and what does it tell us about the poem?

The last stanza of the poem by Edgar Allan Poe titled “Annabel Lee” reads, For the moon never beams without bringing me dreamsOf the beautiful Annabel Lee;And the stars never rise but I see the…

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  • TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING

What is the elevator guy’s name in Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing?

In the opening chapter of Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Peter, the narrator, informs the reader that the elevator operator in his New York City apartment building is named Henry…

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  • THE NECKLACE

In “The Necklace,” how did Mathilde’s life change after she lost the necklace?

Mathilde’s life took a change for the worst after the loss of the necklace. Namely, because instead of swallowing her pride, owning to this fact and confess to her friend, she decides to take…

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  • DÉSIRÉE’S BABY

What would be the consequences to Armand and the plantation if it were found that he had African…

In Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby,” a man of proud Louisiana heritage, Armand, marries a girl, Desiree, of unknown origin. When they have a child who turns out to have African American features,…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

Explain why Thomas Hobbes is criticized for his view of human beings?

The English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, author of the seminal work “Leviathan,” described human beings as mechanical, believing that even our emotional and thought process could be explained simply…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

How was the government in colonial New Jersey (the middle colonies) established?

England claimed the land that is New Jersey in 1664 and John Berkeley and George Carteret were installed as proprietors of the colony. They appointed Carteret’s cousin as the first governor of the…

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  • SCIENCE

Give an example of a unicellular fungi that reproduces by having offspring cells grow from the…

Unicellular organisms are organisms made up of only one cell, or single-cell organisms. Their counterpart is the group of multicellular organisms, made up of many cells. Unicellular organisms are…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What exchange does Miss Maudie have with a woman in a wagon in To Kill a Mockingbird?

On the first day of the trial of Tom Robinson, people from the south end of Maycomb County stream through town as though in a parade. When one wagon pulled by a team of mules slows down by Miss…

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  • THE CRISIS

To whom is Thomas Paine speaking?

There are a number of audiences for this piece. First and foremost, Paine is addressing supporters of the war. This pamphlet was written in December of 1776, one of the lowest points of the war….

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  • SCIENCE

What is the division of a cell’s cytoplasm called?

The division of a cell’s cytoplasm is called cytokinesis. Cytokinesis is the last stage of mitosis. Mitosis is a form of asexual cellular division. Mitosis consists of four stages: prophase,…

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  • A CHRISTMAS MEMORY

In the short story “A Christmas Memory,” are there any external or internal conflicts? I have…

This short story by Truman Capote relates a series of events during the Christmas season that describe his memories of his elderly cousin. It serves as a memoir of Capote’s childhood, and the…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

What dream do George and Lennie share?

George and Lennie are intended to typify the itinerant agricultural workers of California in the 1930s. They are homeless. They move from place to place, wherever field hands or fruit pickers are…

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  • THE CAY

Who dies near the end of The Cay?

In The Cay by Theodore Taylor, Timothy dies before the end of the story. He is elderly, and after the big storm, he never fully recovers. Timothy knew it was possible he would never make it off The…

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  • THE COLD EQUATIONS

What does Barton find in the closet in Tom Godwin’s short story “The Cold Equations”?

In Tom Godwin’s short story “The Cold Equations,” pilot Barton never physically opens the door of the storage closet to look inside of it. However, he discovers something/someone is in the closet…

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  • LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER

Explain in what ways Mary changes her behavior toward Patrick before and after his announcement…

Mary Malone’s behavior changes dramatically before and after her husband, Patrick, announces to her that he is going to leave her. While the news alone are bad enough to shock any wife, Mary is…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

Why do you think that Juliet’s mother is pressuring her to get married so soon?

Juliet’s father had, earlier in the play, taken a fairly moderate view of marriage, declining, or rather, delaying, County Paris’s request to marry her. She’s not yet fourteen, and Capulet feels…

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  • THE STRANGER

In the book, The Stranger, what is Meursault’s job?

In The Stranger, there are few references to Meursault’s job which, perhaps reflects his sense of apathy towards his career. At the beginning of Chapter Three, however, Meursault tells us that…

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  • HAMLET

Why does Prince Hamlet seek revenge on his uncle, King Claudius, in Hamlet?

Hamlet seeks revenge because he is informed by the ghost of King Hamlet, his father, that his brother Claudius poured poison in his ear and killed him. Already distraught over his mother’s…

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