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When Timothy rescues Phillip from the sinking ship, the S. S. Hato, he refers to Phillip as "Young Bahss" which is really "Young Boss" written to mimic the way the words sound in Timothy's...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016, 4:23 am (UTC)

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Metaphors are nonliteral comparisons used to describe something by comparing its qualities to something not normally comparable. They are among the most common tools in authors' toolboxes for...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2017, 12:38 am (UTC)

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Phillip Enright, in Theodore Taylor’s novel The Cay, is an 11-year old white American male who has been raised by his mother to view blacks as inherently inferior, a product, no doubt, of his...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2014, 10:09 pm (UTC)

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Timothy slaps Phillip across the face in chapter 9 of The Cay. This is a super pivotal event and chapter for their relationship. By this point in the story, it is clear to readers that Phillip is a...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2018, 12:59 am (UTC)

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This quote comes at the very end of chapter 13. Chapter 13 is an absolutely wonderful chapter because it truly shows how much the relationship between Phillip and Timothy has grown. The two...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2018, 7:06 pm (UTC)

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When Phillip is first stranded at sea and then on an island with Timothy after Phillip's ship explodes, Phillip is dismissive and condescending towards Timothy. Phillip has learned from his mother...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019, 2:24 pm (UTC)

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You do not mention what your choices of answers are, but the account of Phillip's reaction when he realizes he is blind is found at the end of Chapter 4, and you can figure out the answer to your...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2009, 2:47 am (UTC)

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Timothy doesn't try to make Phillip independent in only chapter 11. Timothy is constantly pushing Phillip to be able to do more and more stuff without Timothy's help. I think there are multiple...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018, 12:46 am (UTC)

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This answer will change depending on what part of the novel a reader is reading. Phillip's opinion of and attitude toward Timothy completely changes over the course of the novel. At the start of...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2017, 10:43 pm (UTC)

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The web site Word Detective has this to say about the word "jumbi":According to the OED, "jumbi" (also spelled "jumby" and "jumbee," among other variations)...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2008, 7:07 am (UTC)

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As with any book to movie adaptation, changes are going to be made for a variety of reasons. In general, I would say that the screen adaptation of Theodore Taylor's The Cay is fairly faithful to...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2018, 2:02 pm (UTC)

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The theme is best represented by Phillip's blindness. Phillip is a young boy who has been conditioned to believe that colored people are somehow beneath them because of their color and in his...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2007, 2:56 am (UTC)

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By the end of the fourth chapter in Theodore Taylor's The Cay, Phillip awakens with his head no longer hurting but his vision growing hazy. He awakens another time to find he has gone completely...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016, 6:27 am (UTC)

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Starting with chapter 9 for this question is a bit interesting, because I wouldn't say that Phillip helps Timothy out at all in this chapter. Chapter 9 begins with Timothy setting out some ropes to...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018, 12:42 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 8 of Theodore Taylor's The Cay, Timothy and Phillip begin settling on their island. After Timothy spends a few hours building a hut for them to sleep in, he announces that he is going to...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015, 7:30 am (UTC)

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One way that the war is affecting Phillip's life is that the war is what brought his family to Curacao in the first place. His father was brought to the island in order to help maximize the output...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019, 1:10 pm (UTC)

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In The Cay by Theodore Taylor, Phillip and his mother are leaving for Miami and on to Norfolk, their hometown in America. They are leaving because Curacao, where Phillip's father works on a...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2015, 8:53 am (UTC)

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Phillip notices "that Timothy always changed the subject when (they) began to talk about (Phillip's) eyes...he would make any kind of an excuse". The reason for this is most probably...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2008, 5:45 am (UTC)

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Phillip lived with his parents on the island of Curacao. The island's main source of income was petroleum products. The Germans were attacking the ships on the island because it impacted the...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2016, 6:12 pm (UTC)

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The ship that Phillip is on gets torpedoed on April 6, 1942. Chapter 5 then tells readers that Phillip in still on the raft 3 days after that date. On the fourth day, Timothy sees the island. The...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2018, 5:29 pm (UTC)

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Foreshadowing is a literary device in which an author gives hints in the story about events that happen later in the story. Foreshadowing can be achieved through dialogue between characters,...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2015, 12:20 am (UTC)

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In The Cay, Phillip is initially excited that the war, which he has heard so much about but has never experienced, has eventually reached the island of Curacao. He is the narrator and gives rich...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2015, 7:32 am (UTC)

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Phillip and Timothy, the two survivors of the boat that was torpedoed, are stranded on a small island. While there, they build a shelter and forage for food to survive. After settling in, Timothy...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2008, 6:20 am (UTC)

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Theodore Taylor's The Cay is a survival story of a young boy and an old man. In Chapter 7, Phillip and Timothy have reached an island. Phillip's mood is constantly shifting throughout this chapter....

Latest answer posted January 13, 2017, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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In Theodore Taylor's young reader's novel The Cay, Timothy teaches Phillip many things including the value of self-sacrifice, independence, and perseverance. Two teachings that keep Phillip alive...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2016, 7:08 am (UTC)

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Within the first two chapters of Theodore Taylor's The Cay, we learn that, at the start or World War I in Europe in 1939, Phillip's father was asked by the oil company called Royal Dutch Shell to...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2015, 8:25 am (UTC)

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Even before Timothy realizes that his illness is serious, and that he'd better prepare Phillip to live alone on the island, blindness and all, the kind old man has begun to teach him things of...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2016, 9:29 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 11 of The Cay, Phillip and Timothy are stranded on the cay after the ship Phillip is traveling on is torpedoed. Phillip, who has lost his sight, has become dependent on Timothy, but...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2016, 12:06 am (UTC)

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After reading The Cay by Theodore Taylor, his reasons for dedicating the book to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are fairly obvious. Taylor wrote a book to show that we are all trying to survive in a...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 5:03 pm (UTC)

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The island that Timothy and Phillip spend most of the novel stranded on is a small, unnamed cay in an area of the Caribbean known as the "Devil's Mouth." Timothy knows about where they are, and he...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2018, 1:56 pm (UTC)

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The Cay begins on the island of Curacao with Phillip and his family. They are there because Phillip's father is instrumental in the oil refining that happens on the island. Unfortunately, this is...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2019, 12:47 pm (UTC)

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After it was decided that Phillip and his mother would leave the island of Curacao and return to the safe haven of the United States, they took a ship, the S. S. Hato, bound for Miami. Before...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2011, 11:22 am (UTC)

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The fact that Phillip is initially not frightened by the war reflects his immaturity and lack of understanding about what war really is. When the nearby island of Aruba is attacked, he at first is...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2011, 2:03 pm (UTC)

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Phillip's mother is most worried about the danger to her family, and especially to Phillip, as a result of the war coming to the island of Curacao.Phillip's mother is a very nervous woman. Unlike...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2008, 8:01 am (UTC)

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In chapter 6 of The Cay, Phillip and Timothy are still out at sea drifting along on a raft. Timothy has already warned the young boy that the waters are infested with hungry sharks, just waiting...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2018, 2:30 pm (UTC)

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The Cay by Theodore Taylor traces the events after a boy and his mother leave Willemstad, Curacao because, due to the Second World War, life is not safe on the island. It isn't long before a...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2015, 9:53 am (UTC)

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Inside a compartment on their rescue raft their was a tin of survival supplies. Inside the tin there was chocolate and some biscuits (probably something like thick saltine crackers). There was also...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2008, 2:53 pm (UTC)

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When Phillip finally comes to his senses on the raft, he is sick, disoriented, and in shock. As Timothy states to him, his mind is struggling to accept that "the worst has happened." Despite his...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020, 11:37 am (UTC)

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The storm has passed, but Timothy is dead, leaving the blind Phillip to survive alone on the island. After Phillip buries his friend's body, he begins the process of cleaning up around the camp and...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2013, 11:44 pm (UTC)

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Situational irony results when things happen in precisely the way we didn't expect them to. The issue of Phillip's vision causes some situational irony: the only time he literally sees Timothy...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016, 7:26 pm (UTC)

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At the beginning of the book, the residents of Willemstad in Curacao, then a Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela, are worried because it is 1942. The Germans have just bombed the Lago oil...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016, 9:45 pm (UTC)

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Most of the book is focused on the problems that Timothy and Phillip experience. The two characters find themselves marooned on a small cay after their ship is hit by torpedoes. Their chance at a...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2018, 11:05 pm (UTC)

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Although World War II seemed so far away from the Enright's West Indian home in the Theodore Taylor novel, The Cay, Curacao was threatened by the possibility of German U-boat attacks because of...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2009, 2:46 am (UTC)

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As we begin chapter 4 of The Cay, Timothy and Philip are drifting across the ocean in their improvised raft. There’s not much fresh water available and they only have raw fish to eat, but they’re...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2018, 9:43 am (UTC)

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Although Timothy's West Indian dialect is somewhat difficult for the reader to interpret at times--just as it must have been for Phillip--it gives the story an authentic feel that would not have...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011, 9:46 am (UTC)

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In the novel "The Cay," the most important thing that Timothy gave to Phillip was a self confidence in what he could accomplish, even with his handicap of being blind. Timothy taught Phillip how...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2009, 10:45 am (UTC)

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Phillip Enright is a young man living with his parents during World War II in Curacao, an island in the Dutch West Indies. He lives a somewhat privileged life, since his father holds an important...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2011, 1:13 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 15, a brutal storm hits Timothy and Phillip's island. The hurricane winds and driving rain are relentless. Although the initial storm eventually calms down, it does not do so for long...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016, 6:05 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 2. The ship that Phillip and his mother board in Curacao that will take them back to the United States and supposed safety is the S.S. Hato....

Latest answer posted November 15, 2018, 5:03 pm (UTC)

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In general, the setting of a story includes the time and place. The Cay begins in February of 1942. That puts it right in the middle of World War II. Phillip and his family originally lived in...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2017, 2:50 pm (UTC)

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