Would you consider the anglo-saxon heroic poem Beowulf to be an epic?

Would you consider the anglo-saxon heroic poem Beowulf to be an epic?

  • SCIENCE

A change in which no new products are formed is what kind of charge?

Physical changes are the changes in which no new products are formed. The composition of the material remains the same, however its appearance may change. An example of a physical change is the…

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  • SCIENCE

What are substances found in a water compound?

Pure substances are defined as a particle that is made up only one type of particle. Examples of pure substances are atoms, elements, compounds, and molecules. Atoms are the smallest unit of all…

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  • THE LOTTERY

Using inference, who may the reader assume died last year during the lottery?

The only character that the text indicates as having a missing family member is the Watson boy. The rules indicate that the man of the house draws the ticket for the family. If the man cannot make…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

Why does Montag turn to books when he isn’t happy?

Montag isn’t happy because he feels like something is missing from his life. Based on his job as a fireman, Montag sees books burned almost every day and wonders what is inside them that is so…

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  • THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN

What is Penelope’s motivation in developing a relationship with Junior? Is she merely curious…

I think it is safe to assume that Penelope’s original interest in Junior might stem from curiosity, but I do not think it is safe to argue that her motivation for developing a relationship with him…

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  • THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN

How is class represented in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, class is represented in part through the description of the educational systems that Junior experiences. In his school on the reservation, Junior…

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  • THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

In the story, The Most Dangerous Game, what scene does Rainsford say, “thank you, I am a hunter…

Rainsford says that he is a hunter and not a murderer because he is refusing to participate in the game as a hunter, and does not yet realize that he is playing as the prey. Sanger Rainsford is a…

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  • HISTORY

What were the main details of the Treaty of Paris in 1783?

The Treaty of Paris of 1783 ended the Revolutionary War. The most important part of the treaty was Great Britain’s recognition that the colonies were now independent of British rule. We now were…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

In what form does Romeo most commonly speak throughout Romeo and Juliet?

Romeo speaks primarily in heroic couplets throughout the play. A heroic couplet is a rhyming pair of iambic pentameter lines. Iambic pentameter is a poetic line of iambs five metrical feet long….

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  • THE ODYSSEY

In The Odyssey by Homer, is Odysseus’s craftiness a bad or a good thing?

In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus’s craftiness is both good and bad. As an epic hero, Odysseus is a quick thinker and a resourceful survivalist. This is shown throughout the epic, but notably in…

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  • CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY

What would be some of the benefits and potential problems with using Paton’s novel Cry, the…

Teachers often utilize historical fiction to help their students transcend their daily challenges, explore differences within a foreign, cultural context, and increase their self-awareness. In…

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  • THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

Is Dr. Watson more likable than Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles?

Dr. Watson is generally considered more likable than Sherlock Holmes, because Holmes keeps secrets from people, and sent Watson instead of going himself. Likability is a hard factor to quantify or…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Where does Atticus send the children to “stay put”? Why does Atticus think they didn’t…

In Chapter Eight, Miss Maudie’s house burns to the ground. At the height of the fire, Atticus orders Jem to take Scout to the Radley place; they are to stand in front of the Radley home and to keep…

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  • THE LESSON

In “The Lesson,” what does Miss Moore’s character symbolize?

In “The Lesson,” Miss Moore’s character is used to symbolically represent an alternative voice from the black community. In the story, Miss Moore enters a lower class community, and it is clear…

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  • POETRY

How do I write an analytical review on poetry?

When doing an analytical review of poetry, there are several elements to consider: Diction: The word choice of a poem can be an important factor when constructing an analysis. Elements include…

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  • SCIENCE

How are mitosis and meiosis similar and different?

Similarities between mitosis and meiosis: Both mitosis and meiosis are processes of cell division. They use the same steps for cell division, including prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase….

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

Why is it important to note that the boys, in Lord of the Flies, are British?

One of the important ideas that Golding wanted to bring out, was the idea that British boys would be no different from anyone else when it came to their ability to become savage and violent. Lord…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

What group of women does Hester believe are more independent?

Hester believes that women, in the future, will be more independent than women are during her time. In the final chapter, the narrator describes the counseling work that the older Hester, now…

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  • THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER

What is the scene setting of the poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” by Samuel Taylor…

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” begins in a wedding reception hall, where the narrator tells his story to a wedding guest. The setting of the actual story he…

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  • THE GIRL WHO LEFT HER SOCK ON THE FLOOR

What are the themes of “The Girl Who Left Her Sock on the the Floor?”

In Deborah Eisenberg’s story “The Girl Who Left Her Sock on the Floor,” there are a number of themes. The first one is class differentiation. Second, there is evidence that supports the theme of…

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  • SCIENCE

Which process is preferred to separate salt from water, evaporation or distillation?

The answer to this question depends on whether one is trying to recover fresh water or salt as a result of the separation. Distillation is the separation of substances by boiling. The boiled liquid…

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  • HISTORY

What inventions were used in World War I?

There were several new inventions used in World War I. Both the Allies and the Central Powers had new weapons to use. In 1914, the Germans used the Zeppelin airship that could be used for dropping…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why was Atticus so affectionate toward Jem, even after Jem disobeyed him?

In Chapter 15, the mob has Atticus surrounded outside the jailhouse when Scout and Jem run into the middle of the circle. Atticus tells Jem to “go home,” but Jem refuses to leave. Jem openly…

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  • OTHELLO

In Othello, why is Cassio a more tragic hero than Othello?

I don’t think Michael Cassio is a more tragic hero than Othello is in the play Othello. Michael Cassio becomes the victim of tragic events when he is accused of having an affair with Desdemona, but…

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  • ESSAY LAB

How can I write an essay that addresses the question: “Does the style of writing hurt or help an…

In 1918, Cornell professor William Strunk and former student E.B. White (of Charlotte’s Web fame) put together a list of over 40 different literary styles in a prescriptive document that was later…

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  • THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

How can I compare and contrast The Things They Carried and Redeployment, considering their…

Compare and contrast essays in literature classes normally follow a standard, regular pattern. Your introduction summarizes the main aspects of the novels that you intend to cover in the body of…

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  • OTHELLO

Compare the ways tragedy and comedy play out in Shakespeare’s plays Othello and A Midsummer…

Othello and A Midsummer’s Night Dream focus on love and the problems that can arise between lovers once third parties enter the scene and begin to interfere. But once we locate that core…

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  • THE PIGMAN

What did John’s father give him when he was 10 years old?

In chapter nine, John goes to the cemetery to have a beer with Norton like they often do. The two get into an argument because Norton threatens to rob Mr. Pignati if John doesn’t tell him more…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

How do SamnEric treat Ralph when he shows up at Castle Rock?

Ralph waited until the single guard is replaced by SamnEric and then he stealthily approached them in order to try and find out what had happened. Once he gets their attention, they are nervous and…

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  • CHANNEL FIRING

Identify the imagery, phrases or words that give the poem a terrifying atmosphere?

Thomas Hardy’s prophetic poem “Channel Firing,” written in 1914, shortly before the beginning of World War I, contains auditory imagery, phrases and words that connote danger and a foreboding and…

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  • HISTORY

What is the extent of the Ottoman Empire?

The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and most enduring empires in human history. It began around 1301 when the Turks founded an empire in Western Anatolia which underwent several growth phases…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What does Juliet’s father tell Paris about her age when Paris asks for her hand in marriage?

The scene that your question targets is Act 1, Scene 2. Paris has come to Capulet to seek Juliet’s hand in marriage. Capulet is not opposed to the idea at all. In fact, he is in favor of Paris…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

Why are Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby important in The Great Gatsby?

These are the two most important characters in the book, because everything is seen through the eyes of Nick Carraway, who is the narrator, and Nick is essentially telling a long story about a…

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  • HISTORY

Describe the impact of the sewing machine.

The sewing machine was one of the inventions of the Industrial Revolution. Elias Howe invented it. The sewing machine made it much easier and quicker to make clothes. Along with the spinning jenny…

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  • SPEECH TO THE VIRGINIA CONVENTION

In lines 22-28 of his Speech to the Virginia Convention, why does Patrick Henry choose the…

I don’t have your copy of the speech, so I don’t know which lines you’re referring to, but the speech is peppered with biblical allusions, not to mention outright appeals to God as being higher…

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  • HISTORY

When and why did Western Rome fall?

The fall of the Western Roman Empire was a gradual process, but historians generally agree it reached its culmination in 476 AD when Romulus Augustulus–the last emperor of the Western Roman…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In chapter 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird, how does Atticus react to Dill returning to the Finch…

Atticus does not seem completely surprised to find Dill hiding in his house, and tells the children he needs some food and makes a joke about him needing a bath. They are not surprised their…

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  • HARD TIMES

What attitude does the description of the children as “little pitchers” reflect?

Charles Dickens’ use of the term “little pitchers” to describe the students at Mr. Thomas Gradgrind’s school reflects the educational values of Utilitarians during the Victorian era….

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  • LITERATURE

Despite years of hard work, why is Jeff Patton still in debt in A Summer Tragedy?

In the story, Jeff Patton hinted as to why he was still in debt despite many years of hard work. “It don’t make a speck o’ difference though,” Jeff reflected. “If we get much or if we get little,…

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  • THE COLD EQUATIONS

What does Tom Godwin’s title “The Cold Equations” refer to? What details from the story make you…

Tom Godwin’s chosen title for his short story “The Cold Equations” refers to the cold, factual mathematical equations that were used to calculate Marilyn’s fate.The first equation refers to the one…

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  • SCIENCE

What is the relationship between altitude and temperature of a place?

The temperature at sea level, under standard conditions, is taken to be 15 degrees C. As we go up or our altitude increases, temperature falls. The rate of decrease of temperature is 6.5 degrees C…

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  • HISTORY

Why did young American women in the 1960s get married early? Did their social background affect…

In the 1960s the vast majority of American women got married before they were 21 and had their first child by the age of 23. To explain this trend, it is important to look at wider social values:…

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  • HEALTH

Is clear soda better than dark soda health-wise?

Yes, clear soda is somewhat better for you than dark soda. Clear soda typically does not contain as many ingredients that could harm you. For example, clear soda is less likely to contain caffeine…

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  • MACBETH

What show features a modern day Macbeth?

House of Cards is quite similar to Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The show is about a ruthless politician (Frank Underwood) who does whatever it takes to become president. When the show begins, he is a…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

In the Crucible, what are the literary devices used in the expression, “It’s winter in here yet”…

The expression, ‘It’s winter in here yet,’ is a metaphor John Proctor uses during a conversation with his wife, Elizabeth, at the beginning of Act Two. The two had been having problems in their…

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  • SCIENCE

What role does cellular respiration play in the carbon cycle?

Cellular respiration is the process by which cells convert food to energy (in the form of ATP molecules). The process can be represented by the following chemical reaction:

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In Lord of the Flies chapter four, what effect does Jack’s painted face have on Ben, Sam, and Eric?

One of the major obstacles that Jack faces in his quest to gain control of the boys on the island is his innocence. When he fails to stab the pig he comes across with Ralph in the first chapter, he…

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  • LITERATURE

Would you consider the anglo-saxon heroic poem Beowulf to be an epic?

Why would it not be? An epic poem is a long narrative poem, and it generally depicts heroic tales. Beowulf meets both of those requirements and is generally considered a classic epic poem, just…

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  • WALDEN

What are Thoreau’s views on conformity and nonconformity?

Thoreau argues that “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.” He means that those of us who simply conform, who go along with the…

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  • THE BET

How does the author show that the lawyer is going through changes in The Bet?

At the beginning of the story, the young lawyer is bold, daring, determined and impulsive. Towards the end, he is a completely changed person. He has grown into a self-contented and calm middle…

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