E. B. White Questions and Answers

E. B. White

In this emotionally complex essay, White processes a trip he took with his own son to revisit a lake where his family vacationed when he was a child. The return to a place of childhood memories is...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 3:46 am UTC

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E. B. White

In this essay, White returns many years later to the same lake in Maine he traveled to as a child with his father in 1904. White's essay explores the complex and troubling series of emotions this...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019 10:54 pm UTC

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E. B. White

The thesis of this beautifully written essay is that one's existence is fleeting, while certain elements of life, such as the enjoyment of youth, continue forever for different generations. In this...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2017 12:01 am UTC

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E. B. White

In this complex essay, White is from the start sensitized to the idea of change, wondering how the vacation lake in Maine and its environs will differ from what he remembers experiencing as a...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 3:37 pm UTC

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E. B. White

I agree with the other educators that the quote is difficult to fully absorb apart from the whole of the passage. This passage comes from the poem “Twins” by E. B. White, the same author who penned...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2018 9:10 pm UTC

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The main idea of this long essay by a man closely associated with New York City (as the author of the New Yorker's Talk of the Town and frequent contributor to this quintessential New York...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019 11:30 am UTC

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I have chosen three quotations from the story which I think most vividly convey a sense of the setting. I remembered . . . the early mornings, when the lake was cool and motionless, remembered how...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019 6:34 pm UTC

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White feels disconcerted because "two tracks" are a tangible symbol of change and the reality that keeps interrupting his mental reverie. White fondly remembers childhood trips to this lake and...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018 9:34 pm UTC

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E.B. White wrote many essays on democracy, the most significant of which are collected in the 2019 anthology On Democracy, edited by Martha White, his granddaughter and literary executor. White is...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020 9:44 am UTC

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E. B. White

"Once More to the Lake" is structured as a chronological narrative; it is developed with passages of exposition as White compares and contrasts the lake he visits with his young son with the lake...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2011 8:42 am UTC

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E. B. White

The lake E.B. White describes in this essay is a "holy spot" for him because, in coming back to it, he is effectively enacting a sort of pilgrimage with his son, a journey to a place where White...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2018 8:22 am UTC

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E. B. White

In his essay "Once More to the Lake," E. B. White reflects on the ways the lake where he had spent childhood summers has both stayed the same and changed. At first he emphasizes how all is the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2019 12:44 am UTC

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E. B. White

The answer to your question is found in this passage from the essay as White tells of taking his son to the farmhouse close to the fishing camp for dinner: Up to the farmhouse to dinner through...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2009 5:12 am UTC

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E. B. White

"Once More to the Lake" by E.B. White is an essay which involves the narrator [White himself] and his son. The complexity of life finds White yearning for the tranquility of another time. The...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2012 1:04 pm UTC

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As both the question posed and the essay in question suggest, nostalgia is a complicated emotion. It can be understood not only as a bittersweet longing for a past that can't return (and yet, as...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019 1:10 am UTC

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When he takes his son to the lake in Maine, E. B. White notes that in many ways things seem just the same. Part of the road has been "tarred" but not to the very edge of the shore. Where there had...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2019 12:06 am UTC

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E. B. White

It is hard to know the context of your question, but I think you might be asking because you have read "Once to the Lake," by E.B. White. In that essay he says, "I have since become a salt-water...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2015 5:27 pm UTC

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The complete quote is: The collision and intermingling of these millions of foreign-born people representing so many nations and creeds make New York a permanent exhibit of the phenomenon of one...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016 3:10 pm UTC

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E. B. White

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is supposed to have said that no one ever steps into the same river twice: the second time, it is not the same river and he is not the same man. This certainly...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019 10:14 am UTC

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E. B. White

This line is taken from White's essay "Once More to the Lake." In this essay, he is talking about how he, as an adult, feels when he brings his son to a lake where he had really enjoyed going on...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2010 6:41 am UTC

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Let’s start by discussing what a thesis statement is and then looking at three changes that you can discuss from “Once More to the Lake.” It’s important to understand that a large portion of this...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2020 9:07 am UTC

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Both pieces, "Digital Scheherazades in the Arab World" by Fatema Mernissi, and "Once More to the Lake" by E. B. White, are about how people view the past and how difficult it is to adjust to the...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2015 7:56 pm UTC

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I will give you a more detailed summary of this essay that you can use to craft your own one-paragraph summary. The aptly-named essay "Once More to the Lake" is about a man whose family used to...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2020 9:31 am UTC

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The implied thesis is that with the staggering increase of printed information, people will prefer shorter, condensed versions of news and literature. White ironically concludes that this is for...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2015 3:54 pm UTC

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Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time. E. B. White, New Yorker, July 3, 1944 Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 9:02 pm UTC

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The structure and length of an essay are related to the writer’s goals. An essay that is five paragraphs long will usually consist of an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. For...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2020 5:41 am UTC

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E. B. White

Elywyn Brooks White made claim that he was a writer long before he went in long pants. After he graduated from Cornell University in 1921, White worked as a reporter for American Press, American...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2010 12:31 pm UTC

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In E. B. White's Paris Review interview on the responsibility and role of the writer, he makes an argument that a writer should be socially engaged. He dances around this concept of authorship by...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2018 10:09 pm UTC

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I assume that you are talking about the definition E. B. White gave when asked to provide a meaning of democracy during World War II. In the passage he provided then, he gives a number of...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2010 11:24 pm UTC

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