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  • October Sky
    In the book October Sky, one of the main reasons for tension in the Hickham family was that they, along with other families in their coal mining town, were very dependent on the coal mines for...

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  • October Sky
    Oh, Homer's dream is quite grand, isn't it! There are many people who help along the way, most notably friends and teachers. Homer is the one who desires to build the rocket first, but if it...

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  • October Sky
    It is clear that Homer Senior and Elsie enjoy a somewhat conflicting marriage. Elsie obviously dislikes her husband's work and the way that this forces her to live in Coalwood and to raise her two...

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  • October Sky
    The nozzle directs a hot river of gas that reaches the speed of sound. Homer Hickman and his friends were interested in getting a rocket to work, but it was no easy task for the children of coal...

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  • October Sky
    The film "October Sky" tells the story of a group of American boys in the late 1950s who are inspired to build and launch their own rockets. Their main challenge is the fact that they live in a...

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  • October Sky
    Throughout the movie October Sky, the building of a rocket and the potential to go to college are inextricably tied. If Homer and his friends build a rocket, enter it in the national science, and...

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  • October Sky
    Throughout the movie October Sky, the building of a rocket and the potential to go to college are inextricably tied. If Homer and his friends build a rocket, enter it in the national science, and...

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  • October Sky
    At 32:10 in the movie Mr. Bolden watches the boys launch their rocket. He tells them that the washer they welded to the rocket for a nozzle is melting. They need a better kind of steel that can...

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  • October Sky
    The Soviet Union launched their first (and the world's first) satellite on October 4th, 1957. It changed the world of space exploration and international relations forever. The launch caught many...

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  • October Sky
    Homer's growing sense of identity is what gives him the courage to buck the trend of what is present in Coalwood and envision a possibility of what can be in his life. Homer develops a sense of...

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  • October Sky
    The original question had to be edited. Coalwood is highly significant to the development of the narrative. Coalwood is the small town prototype in America of the 1950s. Either one plays...

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  • October Sky
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  • October Sky
    "October Sky" was Homer Hickam's slightly fictionalized memoir of growing up in a desperately poor area of West Virginia where the main source of income for residents of the town, the coal mine,...

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  • October Sky
    You might like to look at Chapter 11 of this great book, which contains a clear example of the scientific methos being used whilst also presenting us with one of the most hilarious moments in the...

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  • October Sky
    I would say that the Homer's pursuit of his dreams is probably the most significant element in his narrative. The fact that he never sacrifices his dream despite his father's inertia and the state...

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  • October Sky
    Dorothy Plunk of course was the girl that Homer had fallen in love with very early on in his high school career. He studied with her and fell ever more deeply in love with her as time went on but...

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  • October Sky
    Jim had gone off to college on a football scholarship and the last we heard was just absorbing checks to make sure that his wardrobe was keeping up with the fashions. We knew that he didn't really...

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  • October Sky
    The whole launch was so exciting to Homer because his father had finally shown up to watch and take part in this thing that had consumed his life. He had always felt like his father loved Jim more...

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  • October Sky
    Homer's dad embracing his son and his dreams represented the final act that had proven Homer's validity. Winning the Science Fair competition, meeting his inspiration, proving to everyone in the...

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  • October Sky
    Auk XXXI was actually six and a half feet long and two and a quarter inches in diameter, by far the biggest one they'd ever launched. The best part of the launch for Homer was that his father...

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  • October Sky
    One of the most powerful elements present in the ending of the memoir is how it showed the post- "Rocket Boys" life of each. All of them had gone to college and wound up doing something that was...

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  • October Sky
    When the boys began building rockets, Homer once joked that maybe they would have something to put in the trophy case to go along with all the football trophies. Jim laughs at Homer being a big...

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  • October Sky
    The problem was that Homer needed the machinists to make more casements and nozzles and nose cones but the workers are all on strike and they cannot cross the picket lines even though they really...

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  • October Sky
    When returning from the national science fair in Indianapolis, Homer is greeted in Bluefield by a bunch of well-wishers and he learns that the strike at the coal mine is over as well. He also...

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  • October Sky
    I am guessing you are referring to the people that come to watch their last hurrah of rocket launching where they start to head up to Cape Coalwood and the road is lined with cars for over a mile....

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  • October Sky
    Of course Homer is rather nervous when the judges approach and start asking him questions, but he is able to answer them very well and notices that one of them has a German accent. Homer then...

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  • October Sky
    I am guessing you mean the taxi driver? After the whole fiasco with someone walking off with the rocket parts from the display, Homer is obviously a bit anxious to have everything work out ok...

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  • October Sky
    After waking up and heading to the convention hall only to find that his display was there but all the nozzles, nose cones and casements were gone, Homer knew he'd better find a way to get a new...

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  • October Sky
    Homer and Tex went back to the hotel after the first day and had a good night, Homer remarked about the odd sensation of walking around Indianapolis and how busy it was, not just with traffic,...

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  • October Sky
    Homer had been at the Trailways station getting ready to go, packing all his big boxes onto the bus and saying goodbye to all the folks that had come to wish him well. He didn't expect Miss Riley...

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  • October Sky
    As they begin to prepare for the science fairs, it becomes clear that only one person can go and be present according to the rules. They decide that Homer ought to be the one to do it because even...

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  • October Sky
    From the earliest part of the quest to build rockets, Ike had been an integral part of it. Homer struggled with some of the more technical aspects of the building and as they had just started to...

    Asked by deserteagles50 on via web

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  • October Sky
    Homer goes to Welch to pick out a suit to wear to the national science fair in Indianapolis. He meets his friend, O'Dell, who helps him pick out a bright orange suit. When he goes out to find Emily...

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  • October Sky
    You must be referring to Senator Kennedy, who is in Welch on a campaign trip. Homer sees him when he is in Welch buying a suit to wear for the science fair in Indianapolis. The Senator has asked...

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  • October Sky
    Homer goes to Welch with his friend, Emily Sue, to buy a suit to wear to the national science fair in Indianapolis. Homer's mother has sent Emily Sue with Homer to help him pick out the suit, but...

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  • October Sky
    When Homer and Emily Sue go to Welch to buy a suit for Homer to wear to the national science fair in Indianapolis, Homer decides he can pick out the suit himself, so he goes into a store called...

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  • October Sky
    I believe you might be referring to Jack Kennedy. Homer and Emily Sue are in Welch to buy a suit for Homer to wear when he represents his high school at the national science fair. After he buys his...

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  • October Sky
    When Homer wins the science fair and is able to compete in the national science fair, his mother, Elsie, decides he should have a new suit to wear. Homer's friend and sometimes date, Emily Sue,...

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  • October Sky
    Homer's friend, Roy Lee, found out who it was who ran over Homer's cat, Daisy Mae. He meets Homer in the backyard one night to give him the information. Homer thinks it is Pooky, or his son,...

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  • October Sky
    Daisy Mae is Sonny's pet cat. Sonny lets her out of the house one night, hears screeching tires, and later finds out that someone has run over the cat and killed her. Elsie brings the cat's body...

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  • October Sky
    The boys predicted that Auk 25 would go 15,000 feet and that is what happened. It fell neatly and landed near the end of the slack, as they had expected. The impact bent the casing and shattered...

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  • October Sky
    The Rocket Boys had finally agreed to enter the McDowell County Science Fair in Welch. Every year, Welch High School had won the fair, but this year, the boys from Coalville were intent on finally...

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  • October Sky
    Homer (Sonny) gets in a tussle with some boys (Calvin, Pooky's son). The boys just want to talk to Sonny, but he thinks they want to beat him up. There is a flood and Sonny has his rocket nozzles...

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  • October Sky
    The townspeople really supported the rocket making and many of the union men helped the "Rocket Boys" out by teaching them how to weld and solder, helping them to build their tubes, etc. However,...

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  • October Sky
    You don't mention which chapter you are talking about, but I am going to assume you mean chapter 10, which is entitled "Miss Riley." Miss Riley is Homer's chemistry teacher in 11th grade. She is a...

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  • October Sky
    Elsie is Homer's mother. Unknown to her family, she had been saving leftover money from her husband's paycheck for years and investing it in the stock market. She had a broker from the neighboring...

    Asked by kjhoi on via web

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  • October Sky
    In this chapter, the Hickham family is sitting in their living room. Homer Sr. just gets up from his chair when a bullet comes whizzing through the window. If Homer had stayed sitting in his chair,...

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  • October Sky
    The rather terrifying thing that happened with auk24 was that it didn't even get off the ground. The electric ignition failed so the boys actually crawled out with a piece of tin covering them for...

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  • October Sky
    Auk XXIII went high and fast enough that the boys completely lost sight of it but it fell close enough that they saw it land in a tree and they knew it had only flown a little over seven thousand...

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  • October Sky
    Like all the other fuels, it was important that the zincoshine be absolutely dry throughout the entire casement. In order to do this, the boys could only load about three inches at a time and then...

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