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What is the theme of Black Beauty?

The underlying theme of Black Beauty—i.e. a theme that's not explicitly articulated—is the fundamental unity of every living thing. In writing the book, Anna Sewell undoubtedly wanted to draw the...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 9:12 am UTC

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What happens in chapter 1 of Black Beauty? 

In chapter 1, "My Early Home," Black Beauty describes his first home. He recalls the meadow in which he lived with his mother and drank her milk. Eventually, as he got older, he was able to eat...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019 12:14 pm UTC

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Having trouble understanding the story of Black Beauty.  My homework is to list 10 character traits of Ginger? Are my...

Most of the adjectives describing Ginger are appropriate; however, it may be better to substitute other descriptors for "aggressive," "wild," and "bad tempered." Ginger is a horse that acts as an...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2015 12:38 pm UTC

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What breed is Black Beauty?  

This is a difficult question to answer, as nowhere in the book is it explicitly stated what exact breed Black Beauty is. We are, however, given some descriptions of his appearance, such as the fact...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2019 10:52 pm UTC

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Who is Ginger in the novel Black Beauty?

Ginger, a pretty chestnut horse, is the stablemate of Black Beauty while he lives at Birtwick Park. After Black Beauty grows to adulthood, he is sold to Squire Gordon in Birtwick Park. There he...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2015 1:21 am UTC

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In Black Beauty, who is Joe Green?  

Initially, Joe Green is the stable boy for Squire Gordon and Lady Anne at Birtwick Park; he replaces James, who in Chapter 16, after the Squire and his wife have decided to visit friends and stay...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2013 10:43 pm UTC

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In Black Beauty, what is the advice given by his mother?

As Beauty grows he begins his training. His master first gets Beauty used to the bit and bridle, then he places a saddle upon the horse's back. After a few days of this practice, the man tightens...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2011 6:33 am UTC

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What is Black Beauty's message?

In the simplest of terms, I think that Sewell's work tries to bring forth the point that animals are creatures that feel pain, love, and joy. They are not objects who lack the sensibilities of...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2011 4:42 pm UTC

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What are four main events in Black Beauty?

Anna Sewell's classic, Black Beauty, is a novel that advocates for the humane treatment of animals, especially the horse. Therefore, the main events of Beauty's life center upon his fortunes and...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2011 8:31 pm UTC

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What is the setting of Black Beauty?

Anna Sewell's endearing and poignant story of Black Beauty opens in a large, pleasant meadow with a clean pond at Farmer's Grey in the English countryside, the first home of the young colt. After...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2011 6:30 pm UTC

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What is the conflict and resolution of Anna Sewell's Black Beauty?  

Black Beauty has more than one single conflict. A big part of the story is a coming of age story for Beauty, and he spends the first parts of his life living in near idyllic conditions. Despite...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2019 12:35 am UTC

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In "Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell, who are all of the owners of Black Beauty?

There are nine owners of Black Beauty recorded in the fictional novel. However, there are many more who come into contact with him throughout his life and have a dramatic impact upon him. Black...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2016 6:11 pm UTC

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How did the fire start in Anna Sewell's Black Beauty? Why was Ginger moving worriedly inside the stable? Why does the...

In Chapter 16, Black Beauty of Anna Sewell's story narrates the account of how he had been subjected to a stable fire. He and Ginger had been chosen to drive Squire Gordon and his wife to visit...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2016 8:18 am UTC

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What literary elements are used in Black Beauty?

While Ann Sewell's Black Beauty became famous for the poignant story of a beautiful and gentle horse as well as the novel's effecting the promotion of humane treatment of horses, the most salient...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2010 4:16 am UTC

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Why does Black Beauty get sick in Anna Sewell's story? 

In Part 1, Chapter 19 of Anna Sewell's Black Beauty, soon after Little Joe Green replaces James Howard as the stable boy at Squire Gordon's Birtwick Hall, Mistress Gordon falls ill in the middle of...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016 8:33 am UTC

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What is the point of view in Black Beauty?

Black Beauty is told using a first-person point of view from the perspective of the titular horse. It is an autobiographical memoir, meaning that Black Beauty is telling his story as he looks back...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018 2:58 pm UTC

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Where does most of the action take place in Black Beauty by Anna Sewell?  

Anna Sewell's classic is set in 19th-century England and revolves around the life of a horse, Black Beauty. The story is a first-person narrative of his life from the perspective of a horse...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2016 7:39 pm UTC

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What are differences between Anna Sewell's Black Beauty and the movie?

There are a few notable differences between the original book and the eventual film retelling of the story. While it is desirable to translate everything from text to the silver screen accurately,...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019 7:36 pm UTC

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How does Ginger die?

In Anna Sewell's classic novel Black Beauty, Ginger is Black Beauty's friend. She is a chestnut mare with bad manners. She has a tendency to kick or bite. Black Beauty and Ginger meet at Birtwick...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2018 2:56 am UTC

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What is the meaning of the word fast in passages found in Anna Sewell's Black Beauty?

Throughout Black Beauty, author Anna Sewell uses the term fast in three different senses. One sense is to refer to firmness, another to closeness, and another to speed.Early in the story, while...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016 9:09 am UTC

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In Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, what does the master do when Black Beauty won't go across the bridge? 

In the novel Black Beauty, the horse has many masters, good and bad. In Chapter 12, Black Beauty's master and his friend John had to travel on business and used Black Beauty as their carthorse. It...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2016 10:35 am UTC

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What is the rising action in Anna Sewell's Black Beauty?

Rising action is defined as all action leading up to the climax. The climax is the turning point in the story, the moment rising action becomes falling action leading to the resolution; it is often...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2016 3:43 am UTC

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How does the horse feel about wearing riding gear?  

After an idyllic existence as a foal, the time has come for Black Beauty to make the difficult transition to adulthood. At the start of chapter 3, Black Beauty has reached the age of four. Squire...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2018 1:14 pm UTC

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Where was Black Beauty born and raised in Black Beauty by Anna Sewell?

Black Beauty is born and grows up in the English countryside. Beauty remembers first a pleasant meadow in which he lives with his mother. He has many a happy day, frolicking in this meadow and...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2016 10:49 pm UTC

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What is the plot of Black Beauty by Anna Sewell?

Anna Sewell's Black Beauty is a coming-of-age story written as an autobiographical account of a horse's life. The story's purpose is to comment on the dually good and evil nature of humanity while...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016 7:57 am UTC

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What was the first thing Black Beauty learned?  

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell is a novel that discusses animal abuse. Black Beauty is a well-bred horse whose life takes him from owner to owner. Some of his owners are kind, and some are cruel....

Latest answer posted October 23, 2018 4:51 pm UTC

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What is an assessment of the moral values of Beauty in the novel Black Beauty?

Black Beauty is the moral director of Anna Sewell's animal autobiography. As narrator, he tells about incidents which illustrate the need for understanding and kindness toward horses. For example,...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2013 9:36 am UTC

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What's your evaluation (opinion) of the book Black Beauty?

My opinion of this book is that it is a wonderful piece of literature. This isn't just because I am an avid horse lover—it's really a special book. I recently read it to my own children. Anna...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 9:04 pm UTC

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Who is Ginger, and why does she behave in the way she does in Anna Sewell's Black Beauty?  

Ginger is a second horse belonging to Squire Gordon at Birtwick Park. We first meet Ginger in Chapter 4, Part 1 of Anna Sewell's Black Beauty. She is very angry that a young horse like Black Beauty...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016 2:47 am UTC

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What is the main problem in Black Beauty?

The central problem in Anna Sewell’s novel is how the horse Beauty can overcome the difficulties he experiences at the hands of his various owners. The novel is unusual in having an animal...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2020 5:40 am UTC

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The first time Black Beauty experiences the pain and suffering caused by the bearing rein is when Squire Gordon sells...

The bearing rein, called a check-rein in Black Beauty, is a piece of tack that runs from the horse's back, over the head, and attaches at the bit. It's function is to hold the horse's head at a...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2016 8:22 am UTC

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Who was Rob Roy? Why was he shot?  

Rob Roy is Black Beauty's brother. Rob Roy is killed because his leg is broken during a hunting accident. The hunt is described in chapter two of Anna Sewell's classic tale Black Beauty. During...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2016 2:15 pm UTC

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What did Black Beauty remember about his early life?

Black Beauty remembers a lot about his early life, which is just as well, as it forms an idyllic contrast to the more troubled times he encounters in later years. Given his carefree start in life,...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2018 9:09 am UTC

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In what time is Black Beauty set?

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell was published and 1877 and was set in Victorian England, the modern day of the time. The Victorian Era is defined by the reign of Queen Victoria and spans from 1837 to...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2018 4:33 am UTC

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What is a synopsis of Black Beauty?

The poignant story of a beautiful black horse who, interestingly, is the narrator of the novel, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell was extremely effective is bringing about the humane treatment of horses...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2011 2:48 am UTC

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Why did Black Beauty's master send him to the neighbor's meadow?

In Chapter 3, "My Breaking In," Black Beauty describes how his master decides to break him in after Squire Gordon comes to visit him and decides that he will take Black Beauty after the horse is...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016 8:05 pm UTC

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What advice did Black Beauty’s mother give him?

Black Beauty’s mother, Duchess, gives him some advice in chapter 1 of the novel, after he has been playing with the six colts with whom he shares a meadow. They have been playing roughly, kicking...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 6:22 am UTC

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In Anna Sewell's novel Black Beauty, what was Black Beauty's total number of homes?

In Anna Sewell's novel Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse, the title character's first home was his place of birth. He was born on a farm and raised on a "large pleasant meadow." He notes...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2015 4:34 am UTC

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What are the main events of Black Beauty?

The following events are what I would consider to be the main events of Black Beauty. I would say that Beauty's birth should be the first main event in any list, as the story would not exist...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2020 7:16 pm UTC

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What is the rising action (include conflict) in Black Beauty?

Since the rising action of the plot of a narrative involves the onset of a problem, in "Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell this problem occurs after Beauty has been purchased by the Gordons of Birtwick...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2010 2:33 am UTC

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Whats literary techniques are used in chapters 18 and 20 of Black Beauty?

Throughout Black Beauty, anthropomorphism is employed to make the narrator, a horse, understand and share the point of view of the human characters. This technique is particularly stressed in...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2020 10:34 am UTC

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Provide a character sketch of any good character in Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

Ginger is one of Beauty's main horse companions for a time at Birtwick Park. When they first meet, Ginger is not at all friendly to Beauty. Ginger has showed her ill temper at Birtwick and Beauty...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2015 3:25 am UTC

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In Chapter 18 of Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, "Going for the Doctor," I'm stuck on a comprehension question. I have...

Starting in chapter 18 of the novel and reading the excerpt you cited, it would be difficult to discern who John Manly is. This character is first mentioned in chapter four, when Black Beauty is...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2018 7:50 pm UTC

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What did Black Beauty live on before he could eat grass?

Black Beauty lives on his mother's milk before he's old enough to eat grass. Like all young horses, Black Beauty needs to wait for his teeth to develop before he can eat solid food. Feeding on his...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 7:30 am UTC

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Explain how Black Beauty's decision not to cross the bridge changes the story. Use at least two details from the...

The sequence that this question is asking about can be found in chapter 12, which is titled "A Stormy Day." Beauty is the horse that has been charged with taking Gordon and John on a somewhat...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2020 1:43 pm UTC

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What sentences shows how the plot is resolved?

The very last lines in the book read: Willie always speaks to me when he can, and treats me as his special friend. My ladies have promised that I shall never be sold, and so I have nothing to...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 2:14 pm UTC

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Why do you think that people were not nice to Ginger in the past in Black Beauty?  

Poor Ginger has gone through many different owners throughout the years, each one treating her worse than the last. The main reason for Ginger's maltreatment seems to be her extraordinary beauty,...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019 6:23 am UTC

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What advice did Polly give to Jerry?

Polly advises Jerry to follow what's called The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Polly tells her husband about poor old Dinah Brown. She's just received a letter...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018 6:54 am UTC

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How did the master treat horses and children in Chapter 1 of the novel Black Beauty?

In Chapter 1, the master is portrayed as a kind man. He provides the horses with good food and quarters, and he speaks to them kindly--as kindly as he speaks to his own children. Black Beauty's...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 11:46 am UTC

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Who owned Black Beauty and his mother in Anna Sewell's novel Black Beauty?

Anna Sewell's Black Beauty was a rather ground-breaking work because it was one of the first novels to portray an animal as animal rather than as an animal with human characteristics. At the...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2013 12:03 am UTC

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