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Across Five Aprils

Explain the quote, "Don't expect peace to be a perfect pearl, Jeth", in Chapter 12 of Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt.

When Ross Milton warns Jeth, "Don't expect peace to be a perfect pearl", he is telling the youth not to expect that, with the ceasing of hostilities, the idyllic world he remembers will be...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2009 10:49 am UTC

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In Across Five Aprils, what does Ellen try to do without and why? What happens as a result of her decision?

Chapter 5 opens, Ellen lay in her bed, limp with the agony of a headache. It always happened when the supply of coffee ran out. When coffee prices soar to seventy cents a pound, with predictions...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2014 6:47 am UTC

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Summarize Tom's letter. Why does Ed Turner remark "a family needs to be alone when one of these letters comes"?

Ed makes the remark about "being alone" with the letter because there is a very good chance that it will bring bad news. And in fact Jethro and his mother are alone when he reads Tom's letter to...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2017 11:40 am UTC

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What is a internal and external conflict in "Across Five Aprils"?

Because Hunt tries to write fairly about the Civil War in this novel, there are a great many internal conflicts. One which really struck me was the internal conflict for Bill. Jethro's brother...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2008 10:42 am UTC

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What are the two major misfortunes that befall the Creightons during the spring of 1862? What impact do these events...

First, their barn is burnt down by locals who are angry with the family because Bill has gone to fight for the South. The other is that Tom dies in battle. Jeth starts to question the nature of...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2007 6:35 am UTC

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How did Mr. Lincoln respond to Jethro's letter in "Across Five Aprils" by Irene Hunt, in chap. 9?

In chapter 9 of Irene Hunt's "Across Five Aprils," President Lincoln wrote to Jethro Creighton in response to a letter that Jethro had written to him concerning the men who had deserted their...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2009 10:41 am UTC

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How did Jethro compare his father to Abe Lincoln in "Across Five Aprils"?

In the beginning of the book, frustrated with the caution and restraint exercised by both men, Jethro compares his father to Abe Lincoln. Jethro's sister Mary has recently died as a result of the...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2009 5:50 am UTC

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Describe the incident involving Sam Gardiner and Guy Wortman in Across Five Aprils.

Sam Gardiner is the owner of the general store in town. He is kind to Jethro when the young boy comes in alone, having been sent to get supplies for his family. There are a number of other men...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2009 12:38 am UTC

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Why does Jethro decide to write a letter to Lincoln in Across Five Aprils? Chapter 9

Jethro decides to write a letter to Lincoln because he doesn't know what else to do - there are no clear answers to the moral dilemma that he faces. Eb Carron has deserted from the Army and is in...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2009 3:20 am UTC

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In Across Five Aprils, what happens at Gettysburg?  After the battle why do people begin to suspect a conspiracy...

After three days of fierce combat and casualties on both sides numbering in the tens of thousands, the Union Army defeated the Confederates in what has often been thought of as the turning point in...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2009 6:01 am UTC

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What is the mood in Across Five Aprils as Jethro approaches Burdow's place on his way home?

A story's mood is the feelings it creates in the reader at any given point. Are you happy when you read? Are you apprehensive, excited, scared, sad? All those emotions are invoked by the mood the...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2020 3:14 pm UTC

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In the book Across Five Aprils, what news did Jethro receive from Bill when he went to Walnut Hill?

When Jethro meets Bill on Walnut Hill, Bill tells him that he is leaving to fight for the Confederacy. Bill has just had a terrible fight with John, the brother with whom he has always been the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2010 1:01 pm UTC

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Write about the meeting of John & Bill in the prison in Chapter 11 of Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt.

John tells about finally meeting up with his brother Bill in a letter written soon after a battle in Nashville, Tennessee, in December of 1864. John, who is fighting for the North, is put in...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2009 3:53 pm UTC

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What happens at Gettyburg? Why did people begin to suspect a conspiracy among the generals in Across Five Aprils?

At Gettysburg, there is a fierce and bloody battle, lasting over the course of three days, between Confederate troops led by Robert E. Lee and Union soldiers under Ulysses S. Grant. The North...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2010 1:53 am UTC

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Matt grants Jenny permission to do what in Across Five Aprils?

Matt Creighton first grants his daughter Jenny permission to travel to Washington to be by the side of her beau, Shadrach Yale, who has been critically wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg. He...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2009 2:30 pm UTC

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What was the change in Nancy's behavior with Jethro in Across Five Aprils? How did Nancy become so free with Jethro?

Of all his brothers, Jethro has never been close to John. He does not dislike his older brother, but he has not enjoyed the rapport with him that he shares with Bill either. The same reserve...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2010 11:07 pm UTC

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Explain Matt's quote, "This war is a beast with long claws" in "Across Five Aprils".  "Across Five Aprils" by Irene...

Matt Creighton means that the reach of the war's destruction is great - the war affects everyone, even those not directly involved in the fighting. Of the four Creighton boys old enough to join...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2009 12:12 am UTC

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Why are the Creightons considered to be a Copperhead family?

"Copperhead" was a term given to people in the north who sympathized with the south during the Civil War. They were also called Peace Democrats; they were openly critical of Lincoln and...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2008 10:09 am UTC

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Why do you think Ellen detains Jethro so long before sending him off to Shad's in Chapter 4 of Across Five Aprils?...

Jethro is Ellen's youngest, and I think that in detaining him so long before sending him off to Shad's, she is trying to hold onto him, reluctant to let him go off by himself the mile through the...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2010 8:54 am UTC

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Who were the generals and where were the battles in Across Five Aprils? Please help (:

This is a novel about the Civil War. The generals and the battles, then, are ones you would expect to read about in a novel about this sad period in U.S. history. The main character, Jethro, is...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 7:03 am UTC

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How did Dave Burdow help Jethro's family again in Across Five Aprils?

Dave Burdow helps Jethro's family a second time when they are rebuilding their barn. Although he is not comfortable enough to come to help with the building himself, he sends a wagonload of cut...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2009 10:37 am UTC

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What did John write in a letter to Nancy in Chapter 11 of Across Five Aprils?

Three of John's letters are actually recounted in Chapter 11. In the first, which arrives sometime during the fall or early winter of 1863, John tells about the infamous Battle of Chickamauga and...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2009 6:55 am UTC

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In Chapter Four of Across Five Aprils, where did the other schoolmasters who came before Shad live?  

Before Shadrach Yale, the other schoolmasters took turns living with different families throughout the district. When Shad, the new schoolmaster, petitioned for space and privacy, he was granted...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016 5:27 pm UTC

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What happens to Shadrach Yale at Gettysburg in Across Five Aprils?

Shadrach Yale is critically injured at the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg occurred during "three hot July days" in 1863. It was "a battle of unbelievable bravery and unbelievable...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2009 10:55 am UTC

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In Across Five Aprils, how do I describe the veiws of Matt, Wilse, John, and Bill during the dinner conversation in...

In the heated conversation amongst the men in Chapter 2, Wilse Graham is the most passionately devoted to the Confederate cause. He says the root cause of the conflict is that "half of the country...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2009 5:02 am UTC

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What will Jethro do now that the war had ended? How does his decision reflect the Creightons' values in Across Five...

In the immediate aftermath of the war, Jethro "went back to the fields and plowed the same furrows he had plowed for the past four years." His dogged industriousness reflects the Creightons'...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010 1:07 am UTC

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What does Jethro send to Shad that are" like gifts to a lonely boy" in Across Five Aprils?

It is actually Jethro who is the "lonely boy," and Shad who sends things that are "like gifts." These things are letters, which Shad writes from Washington while he is recuperating from injuries...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010 1:28 am UTC

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In Irene Hunt's Across Five Aprils, what does Jethro think about war?  

Caught between the competing visions of the war that is tearing apart his country, Jethro Creighton struggles to reconcile the disparate perspectives to which he has been privy just within his own...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 7:26 am UTC

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What news did Wilse bring in Across Five Aprils?

Wilse brings "news of the Kentucky country where (Jethro's mother) had been born, and of the relatives from whom she so seldom heard". He also brings news of the feelings of the Kentuckians...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2009 1:01 am UTC

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What effect do the Battles of Fredricksburg and Stones River have on Union soilders and their supporters in Across...

According to the narrator, the Battles of Fredricksburg and Stones River have a discouraging effect on the Union soldiers and their supporters. The former was a bitter defeat for the Union, while...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010 8:40 am UTC

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How does Ross Milton respond to the news of Tom Creighton's death in "Across Five Aprils"?

Ross Milton is very sad on hearing the death of Tom Creighton. He expresses his feelings by writing a letter to the local newspaper in which he pays fulsome tribute to the young man. In that...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 8:55 am UTC

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How was the Creightons' barn rebuilt in Chapter 8 of Across Five Aprils?

The people of the area pitch in and help raise a new barn for the Creightons. It is apparent that there are more folks who support Matt Creighton than condemn him, recognizing what a difficult and...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2009 7:04 am UTC

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What does the lable "copperhead" have to do with the Creightons in Across Five Aprils?

During the Civil War, there were a lot of people in the North who did not approve of the war. Many of them believed that the Southern states should be free to have slavery if they wanted. Many of...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2010 11:57 am UTC

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How does the battle at Antietam affect Shad?

In the fall of 1862, many men in the community have come together on the Creighton property to help re-build the barn which was burned. Not long after the raising of the barn the Creightons...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2009 7:18 am UTC

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How would you make a family tree for Across Five Aprils? Our class just finished reading Across Five Aprils.  We have...

The book does not include a family tree as such; that is something you will have to put together yourself. I am assuming that your assignment is to make a family tree for the Creighton family, and...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2009 6:21 am UTC

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Why did Jethro help Eb in Chapter 9 of Across Five Aprils?

Jethro helps Eb in Chapter 9 because, when all is said and done, he would not be able to live with himself if he does not help someone who is so in need. In his young life, Jethro "had never been...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2009 9:00 am UTC

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Describe the relation between Jethro and his mother in Across Five Aprils.

Jethro has an excellent relationship with his mother Ellen. In fact, she's more like a big sister than a mom. It's a testament to the closeness of their relationship that Jethro and Ellen often...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019 5:28 am UTC

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In Chapter 8 of Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt, what does Dave Burdow send to Jethro?

The gift is a large quantity of logs. If you head to Chapter 8 and read about ten paragraphs in, you'll see where Jethro is pleasantly surprised, and somewhat embarrassed, to be the recipient of a...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2016 1:48 am UTC

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What is the main theme of Across Five Aprils, and why is this the case?

I would argue that the main theme of the story is the effect that war has upon ordinary people. A casual glance at a history book might give us the impression that war is all about epic battles,...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018 10:12 am UTC

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What is the worst year for the Creightons in Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt?

Jethro says that "the saddest and most cruel April" of the five years of the Civil War was the last, in 1865. In that April, the end of the war had finally been announced with the terms of peace...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2009 9:32 am UTC

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Explain soldiers' feeling towards Burnside in Across Five Aprils. Chapter 8

The soldiers' feeling towards Burnside is captured clearly in the understated ending of Shadrach's letter in Chapter 8. Shadrach says, "I should not like to live with Ambrose Burnside's thoughts...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2009 2:43 am UTC

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In "Across Five Aprils", what do they do to the Creightons farm and why?

Across Five Aprils takes place during the Civil War. The Creighton family mostly supports the North, but one of the sons (Bill) decides to fight on the Southern side. One day Jethro Creighton,...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2008 11:01 am UTC

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In chapter 5 what does the old man ask Jethro as he's on his job?

Chapter 5 starts out with Jethro's mother, Ellen, having a headache. It's a result of her body becoming dependent on caffeine from coffee. She is going through withdrawal symptoms. Jethro is...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2015 4:59 pm UTC

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How does Jethro change emotionally in Across Five Aprils? From the first half of the book (before the war starts)...

The five Aprils of the story mark significant events of the Civil War, such as the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861 and President Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, both of which occurred in April. The...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2019 11:46 pm UTC

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Explain the quote that begins, "There's trubel..." in Chapter 6 of Irene Hunt's "Across Five Aprils".

Although all wars are tragic, the especially difficult part of civil wars is that so often brother ends up fighting against brother. Living in the border state of Illinois during the American...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2009 6:27 am UTC

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Where does Eb go after Lincoln gives the deserters amnesty in Across Five Aprils?

Eb returned to his old regiment, which was stationed in Mississippi; he determined to work hard and do a good job for them until his term of enlistment was fulfilled. Eb had been in a deep...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2010 3:32 pm UTC

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Write a description about the Battle of Chickamauga in Chapter 11 of Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt.

The Battle of Chickamauga took place in the mountains of Tennessee in September of 1863. In a significant Union defeat, the Northern Army of the Cumberland, led by Major General Rosecrans, faced...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2009 4:24 pm UTC

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In Irene Hunt's novel Across Five Aprils, what happens to John after the war?

In the final chapters of Irene Hunt's young reader's novel Across Five Aprils, we are not actually directly told what happens to John Creighton after the war. However, we can deduce what happens...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2015 8:47 am UTC

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In "Across Five Aprils" why did Jethro call his mother Ms.Creighton?

He is being light-hearted and jesting with her. His older brothers, to tease her, sometimes call her that, so when he is out in the field working with her, feeling happy and content, he calls her...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2009 11:31 am UTC

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What were Northern sentiments about the war in the fall of 1862? Why did people feel this away? In chapters 8,9 of...

The people of the north are beginning to doubt the leadership. McClellan had been well respected, but now people are questioning whether he can assure a victory. The army had victories at both...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010 11:21 am UTC

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