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My Brother Sam Is Dead

Sam is convicted of being a cattle thief. The punishment for such a crime, as set forth by General Putnam of the Rebel Army, is death. Ironically, the cattle which Sam is accused of stealing...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2009 8:19 am UTC

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My Brother Sam is Dead is a work of historical fiction by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier that targets young adult readers. The book traces the life of Tim Meeker, a boy living in...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2016 6:44 am UTC

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My Brother Sam Is Dead

Tim Meeker is the main character of My Brother Sam is Dead. When the story starts, Tim is still a child. He admires his brother, Sam, and looks up to his father. By the end of the story, both his...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 5:51 pm UTC

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In the fall of 1776, Mr. Meeker must plan his usual trip to Verplancks Point to trade cattle in exchange for supplies needed by the family. Because "there's no one else to do it", Tim will...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2009 7:33 am UTC

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The trip to Verplancks Point is a huge milestone for Tim. He has been looking forward to it because he is finally taking on the role of his older brother, Sam, whom he admires. However, the...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2009 1:02 am UTC

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The bullet is removed from the wounded Rebel messenger, and he tells the people in the tavern that Captain Benedict Arnold will be bringing his army through Redding in order to pursue the British....

Latest answer posted June 7, 2007 9:16 am UTC

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As with many young men, Tim is initially very enthusiastic about war. He sees the bitter, bloody conflict between the American colonists and the British as nothing more than an awfully big...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2019 7:02 am UTC

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The war has torn the Meeker family apart, and Mrs. Meeker is not about to let Tim, her only remaining son, get involved in it too. The Meeker family is entangled in both sides of the war - Tim's...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2008 9:01 am UTC

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Sam is arrested by two cattle thieves who frame him for being a cattle thief. The cattle thieves proceed to present Sam to General Putnam. The story My Brother Sam is Dead gives a different...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2017 3:41 pm UTC

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Mr. William Heron is a somewhat minor character in the book; however, that does not prevent him from being an incredibly interesting character. Heron is a very wealthy individual who lives near the...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 12:41 pm UTC

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Throughout the young adult novel My Brother Sam is Dead by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier, Tim idolizes Sam. Sam is his outgoing, impetuous. older brother. Tim attends Sam’s...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2016 5:54 pm UTC

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Tim's parents fight over Sam's letters mainly because Mrs. Meeker wants to respond to Sam, and Mr. Meeker does not. Mr. Meeker does not condone Sam's involvement in the war. As you can see...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2010 10:42 pm UTC

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The actual details for this question can be found on pages 136-138 of "My Brother Sam Is Dead." Tim's mother tells him to hide the pewter in the barn and when he finishes that chore he stops...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2009 1:22 pm UTC

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The book My Brother Sam Is Dead takes place during the Revolutionary War. Since it is a historical fiction young adult novel, it is based on real places and historical themes, although the...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2008 3:16 am UTC

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This information can be found at the beginning of chapter 10, and it is a great economics lesson because it takes the high level concepts of supply and demand curves and explains it in a single,...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 12:00 pm UTC

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Tim takes the Brown Bess, a rifle, from his brother Sam to protect his father against the continental soldiers. At the beginning of the chapter, Sam runs toward his house when he sees the soldiers...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019 9:45 am UTC

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The problem of the story is that Tim must choose which side of the war he's on. He's been avoiding taking sides for as long as possible, but as the war comes home to him and his family, he has to...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 6:10 am UTC

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Early in the story readers are told that Jeremiah "Jerry" Sanford is a few years younger than Tim, and we are told that they are friends and like to do a lot of things together. Readers have to...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019 12:02 am UTC

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Verplancks Point is on the Hudson River. Boats from New York and Albany would travel up the Hudson to do some trading. Tim's father would start gathering cattle in October. Some of the farmers...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2012 12:36 pm UTC

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During this time period there was great mistrust even among neighbors; people weren't really sure which side their friends and neighbors were on. Such was the case with Mr. Heron. Rumors that he...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2010 2:26 am UTC

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I have read this book while teaching junior high English, but my memory on it is not very good due to the lack of interest in Revolutionary literature. I do know of an excellent website though that...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2010 3:15 am UTC

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To answer this question, it is probably best to start looking in chapter 7. It is in this chapter that Tim and his father begin their travels to Verplancks Point which is a trading post in New...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2020 3:30 am UTC

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According to historical records for the city of Redding, Connecticut, Tom Warrups' grandfather's name was Chief Chickens Warrups.As presented in the novel "My Brother Sam Is Dead", Tom...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2008 12:01 pm UTC

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When Tim goes out to take care of the animals, he hopes his brother Sam will come to help him, but he doesn't at first. Resigned, Tim starts with the milking, and finally Sam does come in. Tim...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2009 11:18 am UTC

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The reality is that the origin of the term "Brown Bess" is disputed. People have differing ideas. Here are some of them: "Brown" came from the brown color of the rifle stock. "Brown" came from an...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2009 12:15 pm UTC

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Mr. Beach "like(s) peace". He tells Sam, "God meant man to obey. He meant children to obey their fathers, he meant men to obey their kings". He espouses loyalty and thinks...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2007 7:14 am UTC

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The Loyalists and Patriots had myriad reasons for and against the idea of going to war. In essence, the main question was whether the colonists owed their allegiance to the King of England, or...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2009 6:27 am UTC

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This chapter is similar to the previous chapters in that it is set in the time period of the Revolutionary War in the town of Redding, Connecticut. Before Chapter Five begins, the realities of the...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016 2:02 am UTC

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The opening line of chapter 8 explains who the Platts are. Tim tells us that they are his "North Salem cousins," and that they live in a clapboard farm just off of the Ridgefield Road. Tim also...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 9:34 pm UTC

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In the beginning of My Brother Sam is Dead, by authors Christopher Collier and James L. Collier, young protagonist Tim expresses feelings of confusion about the Revolutionary War, and his confusion...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2015 6:31 am UTC

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My Brother Sam Is Dead

My Brother Sam is Dead was written by Christopher Collier and James L. Collier. It is a fictional story about the Revolutionary War's disruptive impacts on a small Connecticut community. The story...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 10:17 pm UTC

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Do you mean Mr. Heron? Mr. Heron arrives at the tavern to order a keg of rum. However, he is really there to inquire about having Tim run an errand. Tim jumps at the chance to participate in...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2009 6:36 pm UTC

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The soldiers don't wear proper uniforms because they can't afford them. In a series of letters to his family, Sam describes how they have to live on short rations and, even in the winter, some men...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019 4:25 pm UTC

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I believe that this question is asking about events that occur in chapters 2 and 3. Already in chapter 2, Sam has gone to join the Patriot fight, and his actions have caused quite a stir in the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2020 1:38 pm UTC

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The person who actually asks the question "Who shot first?" is Mr. Beach the Minister. I could see how you get confused about this because Sam's father is present at the table while the story is...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2015 6:20 pm UTC

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In the first chapter we learn that Sam is planning to go and fight for American independence. The chapter opens with his sudden return to the family after some months away (he is a student at...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2013 10:39 am UTC

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The source of Mr. Heron's money is unknown, or at least it is not made clear in the book. It is true that William Heron was a surveyor, and as such, could have made "a lot of money", since, as...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2009 9:43 am UTC

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Sam hides in a number of places in the young adult novel My Brother Sam Is Dead. James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier tell the story of the fictional Meeker family of Redding, CT. Sam is...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2015 7:12 pm UTC

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In My Brother Sam Is Dead, Tim’s dad, Mr. Eliphalet Meeker, doesn’t want to buy another rifle, because he needs only one, and he doesn’t want Sam to take it in the first place: he doesn't want...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2018 10:28 pm UTC

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There isn't a definitively correct answer to this question. Part of the reason for that is because Tim is the story's narrator, and he is constantly explaining to readers that he is not ever quite...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2019 11:49 pm UTC

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In My Brother Sam is Dead, by Christopher and James Collier, there are many shortages, in addition to food. As in all times of war, those involved in the fighting suffer many shortages of things...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 9:31 pm UTC

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My Brother Sam is Dead focuses on the evolution of Tim Meeker as he grows from a young boy, easily accepting what the adults in his life tell him to a thoughtful young man, capable of his own...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2018 2:28 am UTC

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The letter is probably going to have to be written from a personalized point of view. I think that there might be a couple of things that have to be done before starting with the letter. I think...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2010 3:08 am UTC

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Tim's father has just sold a lot of cattle and hogs to Mr. Bogardus. It feels good for Tim to be free of the animals at long last. Now that the hogs and the cattle have been safely penned and sold,...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2021 7:43 am UTC

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Tim Meeker is the narrator for My Brother Sam Is Dead, so readers get to know him quite well. Already in the first few chapters, readers get great indicators that there is a lot of love between Sam...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020 3:09 pm UTC

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My Brother Sam Is Dead

My Brother Sam is Dead is a coming-of-age story for Tim Meeker. He learns a lot about war, hardship, corruption, and death. Alongside of those things Tim learns responsibilities, and many of those...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2020 3:36 pm UTC

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In the novel, "My Brother Sam Is Dead," Sam Meeker drops out of school, in 1775, and joins the militia so that he can fight for America's independence. The theme of the story is the Revolutionary...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2009 7:30 am UTC

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Sam fights with his father because he becomes a soldier for the Revolutionaries. Unfortunately, his father is a Loyalist and opposes Sam's decision. The argument Sam has with his father spurs on...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2008 9:55 pm UTC

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In chapter 7 of "My Brother Sam Is Dead," Life Meeker was getting cattle together to try and get ready to travel to Verplancks Point. Every year in November Meeker travelled to Verplancks Point to...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2009 7:11 am UTC

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From a History teacher's standpoint, I really like it. There are a couple of elements in the novel that I find appealing. The most elemental is the role of historical fiction in the classroom....

Latest answer posted August 1, 2010 6:07 pm UTC

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