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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

One central theme to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is the importance of family. Mrs. Frisby's main reason for taking any action in the story is her love and devotion to Timothy. He's sick...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2017 1:36 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

The major conflict in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is Man (non-human protagonist) vs. Nature. When Mrs. Frisby's son Timothy comes down with pneumonia, she faces a serious choice: try to escape...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012 9:19 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby concludes that the food she has found in the hollow stump must have been left by an animal that had been killed by a hunter. Mrs. Frisby's husband had died the previous summer, but she...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2009 4:24 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

The nature of the rats's Plan - normally spelt with a capital P to emphasise its importance - is not fully revealed to Mrs Frisby until late in the book, when she has been taken fully into the...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2013 10:01 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Jenner is an indirect character in the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, since he only appears in scenes with a flashback format. Although he doesn't have a physical presence, his influence...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2018 10:22 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Near the end of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Mrs. Frisby overhears a conversation in the Fitzgibbons' farmhouse. Mr. Fitzgibbons, the farmer, tells his family a story about how a local...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 4:16 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, written by Robert C. O'Brien, is about a family of field mice who are joined by rats from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in order to help rescue...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 7:11 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Timothy is the frailest of the Frisby children, and "when colds or flu or virus infections (come) around he (is) the first to catch them and the slowest to recover" (Chapter 1 - "The Sickness of...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2009 1:50 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

There are two problems solved in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: Mrs. Frisby's and the rats'. The rats are able to get Mrs. Frisby out of her predicament by moving her cinder block house behind a...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018 1:56 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

As the book starts, Mrs. Frisby and her four children are preparing for Moving Day, when they move from their winter home in the field to a summer home by the brook. However, her son Timothy...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012 9:28 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

The rat with the number, A-9, is Justin, Nicodemus's neighbour in the lab, and one of the brightest of all the rats. One night he confides to Nicodemus that he's going to look for a possible way of...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2013 1:04 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

In the second chapter of Robert O'Brien's Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, the title character Mrs. Frisby ventures out to see a white mouse whom she knows named Mr. Ages; she hopes Mr. Ages can...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2015 3:00 am UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

The purpose of the annual light bulb harvest is to provide the rats with light for their living quarters. As a result of the experiment that was done on them at NIMH, the rats are highly...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2010 12:41 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Robert C. O’Brien's purpose in part tackles the issue of stereotypes in his novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The author attempts to break stereotypes with his descriptions of the small but...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2015 10:02 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

The aim of the vacuum story was to inform Mrs. Frisby about the risks of taking the easy way out. This was with regards to the stealing culture of the rats. Nicodemus realized that by over-relying...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2015 2:53 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

In order to get a close view of the farmhouse, Mrs. Frisby climbs up "a very thick fence post at the corner of the garden nearest the farmhouse and the tractor shed." She knows that, a few inches...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2010 3:05 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Chapter 1 gives readers good details about Mrs. Frisby's winter home and why it is such a prime location. The location itself is in the middle of the farmer's vegetable garden. The location is a...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2018 11:26 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby is practical. Instead of bemoaning her hardships and feeling sorry for herself, she immediately takes action to solve her problems. Mrs. Frisby is loyal. When Billy Fitzgibbon...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012 11:43 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

After the Rats move Mrs. Frisby's cinder block house out of the path of the plowers, she watches in safety while the fields are plowed. After that, with Timothy well enough to move, they cover over...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012 9:37 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Timothy's thoughts reveal that he is kind and focused on caring about others rather than himself. Timothy asks Mrs. Frisby whether Moving Day is coming soon. There's a smell in the air that he...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019 2:40 am UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby goes to see Mr. Ages because her son Timothy is gravely ill. Mr. Ages acts as a pharmacist, prescribing medications to the ill with his advanced intelligence (which the reader later...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019 1:34 am UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby is a poor, widowed field mouse, trying her best to raise her son Timothy, who's very sick. Timothy's suffering from pneumonia, and as well as medicine needs warmth and rest....

Latest answer posted June 15, 2018 10:37 am UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

In the first chapter of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, we learn that the portion of Mr. Fitzgibbon's vegetable patch in which Mrs. Frisby makes her winter home contains beans, potatoes,...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2018 9:55 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

As indicated by the title, the main character of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is Mrs. Frisby, a small mouse living with her four children in a farmer's field. Each year, they leave for the...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012 9:08 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Jonathan saved them from the air ducts.The rats and mice were all held captive in the laboratories of NIMH. The rats helped the mice escape by opening their cages. As they were trying to get out...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2007 12:21 am UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

On page 4 of the book, Mrs. Frisby, a field mouse, is described as a widow, as her husband, Mr. Frisby, died the summer before. Mrs. Frisby is now the head of the house, and she is able, through...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2016 3:42 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby was married to Johnathan Frisby, a mouse experimented upon at NIMH. They had children together and were happy. However, Mrs. Frisby is widowed when Johnathan dies unexpectedly during a...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2019 2:38 am UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

The rats are hauling an intricately designed pulley machine which is used to assist the main character, Mrs. Frisby, a mouse whose primary goal is to secure a new location to establish her home...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 3:58 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Jenner is worried first of all about the consequences of the experiments that have been performed on the rats in the laboratories of NIMH; he is worried about what exactly the implications are for...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2008 3:52 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Before they leave, the rats must fulfill their promise to Mrs. Frisby to move the cinderblock that is home to her and her children. They do so with much ingenuity and thoroughness, using teamwork...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2007 11:34 am UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

At the site noted below, enotes states that NIMH stands for National Institute of Mental Health, where some of the rats were kept before they were able to escape.

Latest answer posted August 13, 2007 11:15 am UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Kind of. It was a mental health facility that used the rats for testing.

Latest answer posted October 19, 2007 2:35 am UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

It is actually in Chapter 3 of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH that Mrs. Frisby sets off for home and meets someone. The character she meets is a very young crow who is in a predicament - he is...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2011 12:58 am UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Jenner is "extremely quick and intelligent" (Chapter 14), and is often the first to figure out a solution in a crisis situation. It is Jenner who first begins to make the connection...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2008 1:09 pm UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

The rats in NIMH represent characteristics that are expressed by human beings regularly. Ms Frisby us a widow, therefore she must find a way to survive. This is the challenge that is faced by many...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2010 3:45 am UTC

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

This book looks at the story of a widowed field mouse named Mrs. Frisby who looks for help after her home is destroyed by a farmers plow. Her husband, Jonathan Frisby, was killed by the farmer’s...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2014 2:11 am UTC

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