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Ellen Foster

What is the setting of Ellen Foster and the tone?

While I can't write a book report for you, I'll be happy to assist you with the setting and tone of Ellen Foster. Overall, the novel occurs in the South, specifically in North Carolina. The year...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2009 8:54 am UTC

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What does Ellen whisper into her grandmother's ear when she's dying in Ellen Foster?

As Ellen's grandmother is dying, Ellen, after unsuccessfully trying to resucitate her, whispers in her ear, "...the score is two to one now. I might have my mama's soul to worry over but you've...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2010 4:31 pm UTC

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In Ellen Foster, why does Ellen's mother die?

Ellen's mother dies because she can no longer bear to live with her abusive husband. She commits suicide, taking an overdose of pills. Ellen's mother is an unhappy woman. She comes from a wealthy...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2010 4:18 pm UTC

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How does Ellen feel about her aunt Nadine and cousin Dora?

Ellen does not think very highly of her aunt Nadine, who she sees as a pretentious, insincere phony. She thinks of Dora as a spoiled, over-indulged child. She also believes that Nadine and Dora do...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2012 11:18 pm UTC

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Is the father in Ellen Foster black?

Even though Ellen makes no specific comments about her father's race in her book, I do not believe that her father (or Daddy) is African American. Because she makes a point to describe her friends...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2012 3:22 am UTC

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In "Ellen Foster," what does Ellen tell Nadine and Dora she is doing in her room?

In Chapter 14 of "Ellen Foster," Ellen had had to move into her aunt's house because her grandmother has died. She decides that she will just pretend it is a "hotel room" and...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2008 1:50 am UTC

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In Ellen Foster, what does Ellen mean when she says "you get out before they dream about the honey pie and the sugar...

In this part of the story Ellen's father has come home with some of the black men he sells liquor to and they are eating her food and drinking. They are all drunk. She hides in the closet because...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2009 2:43 pm UTC

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What does the story say about people in general?

The story about Ellen Foster circles around the childhood abuse of Ellen. Ellen's father is at the center of the abuse cycle. First he abuses Ellen's mother, which shifts into Ellen's mother...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2010 6:08 am UTC

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In Ellen Foster, who are the people that keep Ellen from getting what she wants -the "blocking characters"...

Aunt Nadine is the antagonist - or blocking character - in this story. She is a selfish and pretentious woman who resents having to care for Ellen and does nothing to try to make Ellen feel...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2007 11:56 pm UTC

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Is the book Ellen Foster a good book or can it be a little scary too? 

Kaye Gibbons' Ellen Foster was an Oprah Book Club Selection about ten years ago, and received much praise after it became well-known. The setting is the American South, and the main character is...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2009 4:12 pm UTC

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I reactivated Ellen Foster. Where are the study guide questions & other resources?

Unfortunately, not all novels will have pre-formed quiz questions and answers. If you look at something like eNotes "Hamlet" Navigation bar (found on the right) you will see that along with the...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2007 12:02 am UTC

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What is Kaye Gibbons saying about literature when Ellen talks about creating a picture of kittens for Dora and Nadine...

I think that the author is giving a commentary more on the nature of art than of literature when Ellen talks about creating a picture of kittens for Dora and Nadine. Ellen does say, though, that...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2010 7:28 am UTC

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Ellen is searching for a home. How does she define home at the beginning of the novel, and how does she refine her...

The book Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons tells the story of a young girl's search for a loving home. The novel can be confusing, because it is told completely from the point of view of the narrator,...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019 10:28 pm UTC

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