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What are some character traits that describe Phillip in Theodore Taylor's The Cay?

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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When Phillip first realizes that he is blind in The Cay, he does all of the following except what? Please tell me all...

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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In The Cay, how did Phillip help Timothy, and what did Timothy want Phillip to do, in chapters 9 through 12?

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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Why does Timothy call Phillip "young boss"?

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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What are differences between Theodore Taylor's book The Cay and the movie?

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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In The Cay, how and why did Phillip's attitude change towards Timothy? What was the ultimate sacrifice that Timothy...

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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What is the summary of Chapter 4 of The Cay?

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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What is a summary of Chapters 3, 4, and 5 of "The Cay"?

In Chapter 3, Phillip and his mother manage to make it to a lifeboat when their ship is torpedoed, but Phillip is hit on the head and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself on a...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2008 12:24 pm UTC

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How did Phillip feel about Timothy in the novel, The Cay?  

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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In "The Cay" I read that Timothy thought Stew Cat was an evil jumbi. What is a jumbi?

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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How does Timothy die in The Cay?

Timothy dies after being injured and losing consciousness during a storm. When Phillip first finds himself shipwrecked with Timothy, he is mouthy and irresponsible. Soon he learns to accept...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2013 4:20 am UTC

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In Theodore Taylor's The Cay, why does Phillip's mother want to return to Virginia?

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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Why did Timothy slap Phillip in The Cay?

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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Why did Timothy try to make Phillip independent in chapter 11 of "The Cay"?

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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What is the Devil's Mouth in the book The Cay by Theodore Taylor?

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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In the book, The Cay, what are Phillip's and Timothy's character traits?

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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What is the main theme of The Cay?

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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How did Phillip become blind in The Cay?  

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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What is the setting of the novel, "The Cay?"

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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What did Phillip really mean when he asked Timothy, "Are you still Black?"

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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What happened in Chapters 7 and 8 of "The Cay"?

In Chapter 7, Timothy brings the raft to land. He carries Phillip and Stew Cat ashore, and then goes to explore the island. Phillip, who is still blind, is terrified when left alone, and...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2008 4:05 am UTC

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How long did Phillip stay on the island for in The Cay?

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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What conflicts are found in Theodore Taylor's The Cay?

A conflict is a struggle within a story. Often the struggle is between the protagonist and antagonist; however, there can be several types of conflict. It should also be noted that there can be...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2015 5:21 am UTC

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What are the physical traits of Phillip from The Cay?

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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In the book The Cay, what kind of job did Phillip's dad have, and where did he and the family sleep? 

The text is not very clear as to exactly what job Phillip's father has. We know that he works in the oil refinery business, and he used to do his specific job in Virginia. In 1939, the Royal Dutch...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018 1:01 pm UTC

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What are some things that Timothy taught Phillip?  

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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When did the hurricane hit in "The Cay"?

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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Throughout The Cay, Timothy expresses himself through dialect. How was that both a negative & positive thing in...

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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What is Phillip and Timothy's relationship? Please and Thank you!!!

This is a question that requires quite a complex answer to respond to it. It is important to realise that the relationship between Timothy and Phillip develops during the course of this story....

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012 3:47 pm UTC

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What is an example of foreshadowing in chapters 11-19 of Theodore Taylor's book The Cay?

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," how does Timothy know that a storm was coming? What does he do to prepare for the storm?

Timothy was a native to the islands and so he knew that hurricane season could be upon them while they were on the island. This particular hurricane came rather early though. Timothy was nervous...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2008 11:33 pm UTC

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Where did Timothy hide Stew Cat while he was killing the evil jumbi in "The Cay"?

While Timothy is performing the necessary rituals to "chase d'jumbi", he keeps Stew Cat "off d'shore...on d'raff". He hasn't exactly hidden the cat, but because Phillip is...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2008 5:21 am UTC

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What is a summary of Chapters 16,17,18 and 19 of The Cay?

In Chapter 16, Phillip buries Timothy. At first he is angry that the old man has left him, but then he realizes that Timothy died so he could live. Phillip takes stock of the things he must do...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2009 12:31 pm UTC

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What are some adjectives to describe Timothy from the book  The Cay? Give reasons.

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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What is the conflict and resolution in the book The Cay by Theodore Taylor?  

The conflict in this great novel is two-fold. On the one hand, there is the struggle between people (Phillip and Timothy) and nature. The unlikely pair—a black man from West India and a boy who has...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2020 4:58 pm UTC

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Who are the characters from "The Cay?"  

The Cay is somewhat unique among novels in that it really spends time developing only two characters. The first character, Phillip Enright Jr., is an eleven-year-old boy who is shipwrecked on his...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2019 7:45 pm UTC

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In The Cay, why have the Germans come to these islands all the way from Europe? What do they want?

While The Cay covers the years 1939–1942, the earlier period is examined largely as background, with Philip’s plight occurring in February 1942. German naval patrols in the late 1930s and early...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2019 1:44 am UTC

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What did Timothy teach Philip in Theodore Taylor's The Cay?

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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What is the conflict in the book The Cay?

The conflict in The Cay is multifold. First, Phillip, the eleven-year-old white boy stranded on the cay, must deal with the task of surviving on the small cay after he is blinded. He must learn to...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2017 12:35 pm UTC

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Timothy reveals to Phillip that he cannot read or write. How does this make Phillip feel? What do Phillip's feelings...

Phillip reacts to Timothy's illiteracy with smugness, which reveals how immature Phillip still is. This happens in Chapter 8, on page 68, when Timothy and Phillip are using stones to spell the word...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016 1:52 am UTC

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What happens to the S.S. Empire Tern in The Cay?

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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Why did the birds attack Phillip? This question is from the book, The Cay, by Theodore Taylor (Chapter #16).

About a week after the hurricane which killed Timothy, Phillip noticed that an abundance of birds had returned to the south beach of the island. Suddenly, they began to swoop and swarm around him....

Latest answer posted March 17, 2010 10:58 pm UTC

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Why did Phillip's dad go to Curacao in The Cay?

In chapter one, readers are told that Phillip's father works at the refinery that is on Curacao. We know that he is something more than a physical laborer at the refinery because we are told that...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019 8:13 pm UTC

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In Chapters 1-7 of The Cay, describe how Phillip is feeling.

Phillip experiences a wide range of emotions and undergoes profound changes during the first seven chapters of the novel. At the beginning, he is a boy in love with the island and curious about the...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2013 6:40 pm UTC

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In The Cay, Phillip felt dependent on Timothy at the same time he felt superior to him. What two events revealed...

I would support the argument that there are more than only two occasions when Phillip realizes that he needs Timothy, yet he still feels superior to Timothy. One early example occurs when the two...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019 4:11 pm UTC

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In the book "The Cay", what is Phillip's mom most worried about?

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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What happened in Chapters 9,10,11, and 12 of The Cay?

Timothy begins to make a rope that will stretch down the hill to the beach and fire pile. The rope is for Phillip to use as a guide to get around the island on his own. While he works on the...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2009 12:48 am UTC

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In Chapter 16 of The Cay, what legacy had Timothy left for Phillip?

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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In The Cay, how did Timothy die?

The death of Timothy occurs in Chapter 15 of this excellent novel, and, as we read it, we see that Timothy died as a result of protecting Philip from the storm that ravages their island. In...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2011 6:58 pm UTC

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What is the climax in the novel The Cay?

Let's start with a working definition of climax. A story's climax is a point in the narrative in which the conflict and tension are at the maximum. It's also a turning point in a story that moves...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018 3:51 pm UTC

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