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The Diary of Anne Frank

What does Anne mean when she writes in her diary, "Paper is more patient than people?"

Anne writes in her diary that, "Paper is more patient than people," as a means of expressing the difficulties of sharing her often complex adolescent thoughts, feelings, and experiences with those...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2017 7:40 am UTC

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What is the universal theme of The Diary Of Anne Frank?  

One interpretation of the universal theme in 'The Diary Of Ann Frank' is the way her book survives forever as a lasting testament to the idea of 'Good.' Yes, evil was seen to win out against Ann's...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2009 7:28 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast Anne’s relationship with her mother to that with her father in The Diary of Anne Frank.

The Diary of Anne Frank sheds light on the life of a young Jewish girl in hiding during World War II. While much of her situation is unusual, there are still many things that Anne experiences just...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2020 12:58 am UTC

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In the book The Diary of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl during Anne's time in the annex, what did she give Mr....

In The Diary of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne made it a point to get everyone in the secret annex a gift for Hanukkah--even her roommate, grumpy Mr. Dussel. First she presents the...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2010 9:40 am UTC

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In The Diary of Anne Frank, what does Anne mean when she writes in her diary, "Paper has more patience than people"? 

The Diary of Anne Frank, also known as The Diary of a Young Girl, was written by a young Jewish girl who was hiding with her family from Nazi persecution. She kept the diary from June 1942 until...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019 7:08 pm UTC

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Why is Anne Frank's diary so important? what can we learn about it? 

I think all of the ideas presented above are excellent and true. For me, though, this book reminds me of the power of the written word. If Anne Frank had not kept a diary, we would still know...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2010 10:13 am UTC

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In the play The Diary of Anne Frank, how does Anne and Peter's relationship change over the course of act 2, scenes 1...

In a nutshell, Anne and Peter's relationship changes in these scenes from them being acquaintances to close friends and, at least from Anne's side, a little more than that. Towards the end of scene...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 3:56 pm UTC

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What are three examples of imagery in the play, The Diary of Anne Frank by Goodrich and Hackett?  

In the play, The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, there are many examples of imagery. The following is a definition of this literary device: Imagery is used in...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2011 12:49 pm UTC

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Why does Mr. Dussel cause Peter to become furious in The Diary of Anne Frank?

Peter is angry at Dussel because he says that someone ate his cat Moushi. Most of the altercations between Peter and Dussel are about Peter’s cat. Peter brought the cat into hiding with him, and...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016 7:14 pm UTC

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What event takes place in the second entry of Anne Frank’s diary? How does this event affect Anne’s family?

According to the Bantam Books 1993 edition of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, the second diary entry was written on Monday, June 15, 1942. In this entry, Anne discusses her birthday party...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2017 1:38 pm UTC

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How does Anne Frank feel about Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank?

Mrs. Van Daan is the mother of Peter Van Daan, the object of Anne's adolescent affections. As her diary progresses, Anne expresses growing levels of frustration with Mrs. Van Daan, who belittles...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2019 8:28 pm UTC

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In the play "The Diary of Anne Frank," how is Peter's relationship with his mother similar to Anne's relationship...

Both Peter and Anne don't get along well with their mothers mostly because of the generation gap which separates mothers from teenagers. Peter is embarrassed by his mother because she flirts with...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 5:46 am UTC

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Mr. Frank said, "We don't need the Nazis to destroy us, we're destroying ourselves." How were the people in...

In this quote from the play version of The Diary of Anne Frank, Mr. Frank is responding to the way the tense and anxious inmates of the attic hideaway are fighting over food. Food had become very...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2017 12:06 pm UTC

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Who are the Van Daans in The Diary of Anne Frank? Describe each member of this family.

The van Daans are a family that hides alongside Anne Frank’s family in some concealed rooms before they are discovered and sent to the concentration camps. Mr. van Daan worked with Anne’s farther...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2015 10:55 am UTC

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Why is Anne called Mrs. Quack Quack in "The Diary of Anne Frank"?

Peter calls Anne "Mrs. Quack Quack" because she talks a lot. Anne and Peter get along well at times, but often clash. They are the closest kids in age in the Secret Annexe, because Margot is older...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 1:21 am UTC

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What restrictions were imposed on Jews' freedom in The Diary of Anne Frank? How did the law affect the Frank family?

In the early stages of The Diary of Anne Frank, we see the Frank family, as a Jewish family living in Amsterdam on the eve of World War II, subjected to an ever-growing list of restrictions as to...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2018 10:43 am UTC

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How does Anne Frank hurt her mother in Act 1, Scene 4? How do Anne's gifts to her mother and Peter show she has changed?

Anne hurt her mother when she refuses to let her stay with her after her nightmare and instead asks for her father. Being in hiding is frightening for Anne. She often has nightmares. In this scene,...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2016 4:32 am UTC

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In the play The Diary of Anne Frank, what does Mr. Frank tell Mr. Kraler to do about the worker who wants blackmail...

In act 2, scene 1 of The Diary of Anne Frank, Mr. Kraler reveals to Mr. Frank that one of the workmen has approached him about the whereabouts of the Franks. Mr. Kraler didn't think much of it...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2016 8:36 pm UTC

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Why do the characters arrive at the Annex wearing layers of clothing?

Though the Franks have been planning for a move to the Annex for a while, and have been transferring belongings and supplies there in small quanitities, they have not been able to complete their...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2009 12:13 am UTC

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What is the climax of the play The Diary of Anne Frank?

The climax of the play The Diary of Anne Frank is at the very end when Anne and everyone else hiding in the annex are discovered and arrested. Immediately before this, Anne and Peter are having a...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2020 3:20 am UTC

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In "The Diary of Anne Frank," why does the man from the storeroom request extra money?

In act 2, scene 1, Mr. Kraler asks to discuss something with Mr. Frank alone. Rather than keep the matter secret, Mr. Frank has Mr. Kraler tell everyone what is going on. He reveals that a workman...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2016 9:37 pm UTC

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What are Anne Frank's qualities, and how are each of them shown through the events in The Diary of Anne Frank?

At the start of Anne Frank's diary, she comes across as somewhat vain. This is seen in her entry dated Saturday, 20 June 1942, in which she refers to boys who "become enamored on the spot." This...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2018 4:51 pm UTC

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In Act 1 of the play The Diary of Anne Frank, how do Anne's words reveal aspects of her personality?

The play The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett premiered in 1955 and is based on the book Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Many aspects of Anne’s personality are...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016 6:34 pm UTC

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What are three examples of person versus self in "The Diary of Anne Frank"?  

When there is a conflict of person versus self in a work of literature, this usually means that there is an internal struggle being fought within someone's mind against him or herself. In "The...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2016 7:40 pm UTC

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What exactly shall I write in the thesis for The Book of Anne Frank as a part of a 10 mark project?

Much of this is going to depend on what parameters or limits are placed on your development of the thesis statement. I would say that a strong thesis statement that can be developed is how the...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2012 8:55 pm UTC

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What happens in acts 1 and 2 of "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett?

The first scene of act 1 in "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Goodrich and Hackett starts in 1945 after the war. Mr. Frank goes back to the annex with Miep to say good-bye. This is when Miep gives him...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 2:02 am UTC

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How does Anne Frank show the mood of anxiety through the dialog between Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne...

Since Anne gives us an account of the daily interaction of the men and women of the annex, there is no verbatim re-telling of any dialogue, per se. What we do get, however, is a summary of how the...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2015 10:06 pm UTC

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Which action shows Anne's growing sensitively to other people's feelings in The Diary of Anne Frank?  

When Anne gives everyone presents at Hanukah, this shows that she is beginning to empathize with others’ feelings. The presents that Anne gives the residents of the Annex demonstrate her empathy...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2013 8:05 pm UTC

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A summary of The Diary of Anne Frank in no more than 100 words.

One option you may wish to consider is visiting the link below. While this summary is far more than 100 words, you will find that its extensive summation of the text will help you to paraphrase...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2009 3:34 am UTC

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What does Anne mean when she says paper is more patient than man?

What Anne means by this is that she can be more honest in writing her diary than she can in communicating with other people. She can put down on paper her innermost thoughts, hopes, fears, and...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2019 8:43 am UTC

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What is the nature of the tension regarding Mrs. Van Daan's inappropriate actions toward Mr. Frank? How is it resolved?

The tension begins in act 1, scene 3 when Mrs. Van Daan asks Mr. Frank to take Peter on as a pupil. Mr. Frank defers to Mr. Van Daan, but Mr. Van Daan says that Peter won't listen to him, so he is...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 4:45 pm UTC

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In Goodrich and Hackett's "The Diary of Anne Frank," why is Mr. Frank a logical choice as leader of the secret annex?

Mr. Frank is the leader in the annex because the hiding place exists above his business. Miep, Mr. Kraler, and others who help those in hiding are Mr. Frank's business associates. He, with their...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 5:27 am UTC

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What explanation does Peter give for removing the yellow star from his clothing in The Diary of Anne Frank?  

In The Diary of Anne Frank, Peter's explanation for removing his yellow star is that he no longer wants to wear something which identifies him for the Nazis, that for him it has become almost a...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2013 1:44 pm UTC

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When Anne tells Peter she believes "that people are really good at heart" what does this statement tell you about...

This statement shows that Anne looks for the good in people and tries to be optimistic about the world. Despite everything terrible that is happening around them, Anne still believes that people...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2016 9:56 pm UTC

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What kind of person is Anne and and how does the reader feel about her? In Scene 1 why has Otto Frank returned to the...

"The Diary of Anne Frank" is one of the most important books written during World War II. It tells the story of a young girl and her family as they spend two years in hiding from the Nazis who...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 4:50 pm UTC

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What does Peter admire about Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank?

It's true that opposites attract, and hence the traits Peter admires in Anne are all the ones he does not share. While Peter's shy, introverted nature makes it difficult and awkward for him to open...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2018 2:39 pm UTC

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In "The Diary of Anne Frank," how do Anne's visits with Peter cause conflict for Mrs. Frank?  

In act 2, scene 2 of "The Diary of Anne Frank," Anne has another date with Peter. Anne apparently hasn't asked permission from her mother to visit with him again because Mrs. Frank asks, "Anne,...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2016 8:08 pm UTC

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Anne made a statement on July 6, 1944, "A quiet conscience makes one stronger" Could some please explain what she means?

It helps to read this quotation within the context of the entire entry Anne Frank makes on this particular day. She is struggling with the idea that some people do not make the choice to be ethical...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2009 12:23 pm UTC

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What are the major events of the second act of The Diary of Anne Frank?

In Act 2, Anne gets to know Peter better and the family faces difficult decisions about their blackmailer until they are finally caught. Act 2 begins with a New Year’s celebration that painfully...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2013 8:13 pm UTC

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Why does Anne Frank take Valerian pills every day?

In 1942 the Nazis were cracking down on the Jewish people who lived in Germany and other countries. The Frank family went into hiding so they could avoid being split up and sent to concentration...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2009 8:09 am UTC

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Anne says her own atmosphere keeps shifting from great happiness and thankfulness to great despair. How do events in...

Anne's reflection of her state of being in this statement is probably one of the most profound elements present in the diary. She expresses happiness and thankfulness for being able to be with her...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2009 2:17 am UTC

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In The Diary of Anne Frank, what does it mean when Mr. Frank says "she puts me to shame" ?

This line is not from the book, but from the play in which Otto Frank returns to the annex in Amsterdam after the Russias arrived and liberated him and other Jews from Auschwitz. When he discovers...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2013 7:12 am UTC

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Why is everyone startled when the buzzer rings?

Anne Frank's posthumously published memoir about her family's hiding from the Nazis, The Diary of a Young Girl, is heavily-laden with foreboding. Readers of Frank’s diary know the outcome; that...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2018 9:17 pm UTC

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What causes Mrs. van Daan to become hysterical in The Diary of Anne Frank?

Throughout Anne Frank’s diary, it is eminently clear that if there is one individual in particular Anne does not like, it is Mrs. van Daan. As the war and the diary progress, the relationship...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 9:42 pm UTC

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In The Diary Of Anne Frank, how do Anne and Mr. Van Daan compare and contrast?

Anne Frank is a pre-adolescent girl. Putti Van Daan is a middle-aged man. Both people are Dutch, and they are among those sharing the attic hiding space. Even though it is Anne’s private diary and...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2019 2:19 am UTC

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How did the Van Daans, the Franks, and Mr. Dussel change physically and emotionally from the start of the play to the...

When the play’s actions begins in Act 1, Scene 2, the new inhabitants of the annex of relatively healthy and relieved to be safe. By Act 2, they are careworn, threadbare and thinner and fight...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2013 10:55 pm UTC

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In "The Diary of Anne Frank," what are Mr. Frank's views regarding the upbringing of children?

Mr. Frank is a gentle man who avoids conflict. He is never one to start an argument and he maintains his temper at all times. Anne loves her father because of his patient and loving nature. The way...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 11:06 pm UTC

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How have the Van Daans, the Franks, and Mr. Dussel changed physically and mentally from the start of the play to the...

In the beginning of the play, everyone is healthy but very anxious about going into hiding. They fear for their lives each day, but they also have more hope and peace than other Jews because they...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 5:15 am UTC

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In The Diary of Anne Frank, please describe the newcomer who comes to live in the secret annex in November.

In November a local Dentist named Albert Dussel comes to live and hide with the Franks and the other Jewish people living in the annexe. Mr. Dussell was a stuffy old man. He left his wife while...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2009 10:50 am UTC

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Why is Mrs. van Daan nervous in The Diary of Anne Frank?

In The Diary of Anne Frank, Mrs. van Daan, her husband, and son move into the Secret Annex a week after Anne’s family. Her real name is Auguste van Pels, but Anne refers to her as Auguste van Daan...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2019 1:02 pm UTC

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