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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Who is Mr. Lunser?

In Avi's documentary novel Nothing But the Truth, ninth-grader Phillip Malloy dreams of becoming a professional runner and competing in the Olympics. What seems to stand in his way is his English...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2017 9:02 pm UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

What is the theme of Nothing But the Truth?

One could argue that the book's abiding theme is the power of lies. We like to think that the truth is more powerful than its opposite, and yet, as the story ably demonstrates, the reverse is quite...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 8:46 am UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Why does Philip cry at the end of Nothing But the Truth?

Avi's YA novel Nothing But the Truth focuses on the consequences that unfurl after ninth grader Philip Malloy lies to his father by telling him that he was suspended from school for singing the...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 12:14 am UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

What are the physical and emotional characteristics of Phillip Malloy in Nothing But the Truth?

Physically, Phillip Malloy is described as being "a nice-looking boy" by Margaret Narwin. Aside from that, little detail is given about his physical appearance. It is known that he is a star...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2010 1:03 pm UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

What is an example of irony in the novel Nothing but the Truth?

Verbal irony is the use of language in a manner that is meant to signify, usually for emphasis, the opposite of what is literally said. Dramatic irony occurs in literature when the true...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 2:32 am UTC

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How does Philip Malloy desribe Miss Narwin in his diary in Nothing but the Truth?

It's clear from the get-go that Philip doesn't have much time for Miss Narwin. Everything about her gets on his nerves, from her forbidding demeanor to the "boring" books she insists on teaching....

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019 12:19 pm UTC

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What are the final ironies of Nothing But the Truth?

When looking at ironies in Avi's Nothing but the Truth, one of the first areas to look would be the title itself. The idea of "nothing but the truth" is one of the basic elements of American...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2015 12:46 am UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

How does Philip answer question number four on his English exam?    

In Avi's Nothing But the Truth, question number four on Philip's Winter Term English exam for Margaret Narwin's class is: What is the significance of Jack London's choice in making Buck, the dog...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2016 8:51 pm UTC

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What is the difference between Mr. Lunser's and Ms. Narwin's homerooms in Nothing But the Truth by Avi?  

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Mr. Lunser and Ms. Narwin have very different personalities. Mr. Lunser is a joker. When Philip is in his homeroom, Mr. Lunser makes sarcastic remarks about...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2015 3:10 am UTC

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What is the point of view in Avi's novel Nothing But the Truth?

Point of view refers to who is telling a story in a narrative or through what speaker's eyes a reader views a piece of writing. Change in point of view results in change of tone and change of...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2015 10:20 pm UTC

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In Nothing But the Truth, what are the major inaccuracies present in Jennifer Stewart's article published on April...

In the article published on April 1st, Jennifer Stewart makes multiple misleading statements, many of which could negatively impact the upcoming school board election and budget approval....

Latest answer posted November 16, 2015 5:02 pm UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In chapters 9 and 10, Phillip and Ms. Narwin start to clash. Can you give examples of the beginning of their clash?

The “truth” about the clash between Phillip Malloy and Ms. Narwin in Avi’s novel, Nothing But The Truth depends upon what perspective from which you view it but a significant factor is attitude....

Latest answer posted January 8, 2010 12:11 am UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

What really happened in Miss Narwin's homeroom class the first time she told Philip to stop humming in Nothing But...

Philip mentions in his journal that Miss Narwin, an older woman who is both his English teacher and homeroom teacher, is "uptight," and he needs to "figure a way to run pass her," meaning, since he...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2017 11:28 am UTC

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In Nothing but the Truth, what does Dr. Seymour tell Jennifer Stewart about the rule forbidding the singing of the...

When reporter Jennifer Stewart calls Superintendant Albert Seymour to find out about the rule forbidding the singing of the national anthem, he tells her unequivocably that the Harrison School...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2010 4:14 pm UTC

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In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Philip gets a letter saying that his homeroom has changed. What do his parents take...

When Philip receives a letter telling him that his homeroom has changed in Nothing But the Truth, his parents take it as proof that Miss Narwin does not like him. Earlier, Philip told his parents...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 11:34 pm UTC

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What happened in Chapter 16 of Nothing but the Truth?

Chapter 16 recounts the events of the day Philip returns to school in chronological order, through the use of memos, letters, and conversations. The Chapter opens with copies of condemnatory...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2010 2:40 pm UTC

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How does Philip Malloy describe Miss Narwin in his diary?

Philip describes Miss Narwin as uptight and strict. In an entry dated Tuesday, March 13 at 10:35 p.m., Philip says that Miss Narwin is so uptight that she seems like she was pieced together with...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2019 3:49 pm UTC

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What is the climax in Nothing But the Truth by Avi?

When referencing literature, the climax is "the point of highest dramatic tension or a major turning point in the action." The climax of Avi's Nothing but the Truth occurs when both Phillip and...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2018 7:18 pm UTC

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What are some examples of sub-conflicts within the novel Nothing But the Truth?

Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel (by award-winning young adult novelist Edward Irving Wortis, using the pen name "Avi") tells the story of a boy's suspension from the fictional Harrison...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018 8:09 pm UTC

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What is the mood of Nothing But The Truth by Avi?

The mood of Nothing But the Truth is constantly shifting—perhaps because the voices, points of focus, and character perspectives of this drama are also constantly shifting. When we first meet...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 2:13 am UTC

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What is a summary of Chapter 15 in Nothing But the Truth? a correct detailed summary

Did Miss Narwin cause Phillip's suspension? That is the main question of this chapter. It all starts with Jennifer Stewart's story about the incident. The associated Wire service read her story and...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2009 3:44 pm UTC

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How might Dr. Palleni's statement, "We're into solving problems, not making them," be an example of foreshadowing in...

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Dr. Palleni sees Phil in his office because Philip has disrupted Ms. Narwin's class with his humming during the "National Anthem." When Dr. Palleni says, "We're...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2015 8:58 pm UTC

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What is the resolution of Nothing but the Truth?

The resolution of Avi's Nothing But the Truth comes as the readers find out which path each of the main characters will take. For Miss Narwin, her path is one of suspension, of not being able to...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018 7:52 pm UTC

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If you were a student in Miss Narwin's class from Nothing But the Truth by Avi, and Philip Malloy's mother told your...

If I were Miss Narwin's student in Nothing But the Truth by Avi, and Mrs. Malloy told my mother Miss Narwin was the worst teacher in the school, I would hope I would tell the truth. It is quite...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 10:54 pm UTC

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What advice does Miss Narwin give Phillip Malloy in the book Nothing But The Truth by Avi?

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Philip Malloy's English teacher Miss Narwin gives him some advice when she grades his test over The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Phillip has not even finished...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 6:49 am UTC

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How are Phillip's parents misguided about the details of Phil's suspension in Nothing But the Truth by Avi?

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Philip's parents are misguided because they never really seek out the truth. They believe what Phil tells them--that his teacher, Miss Narwin, is out to get him and...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2016 1:25 am UTC

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What is the climax of "Nothing but the Truth"?

This is a tough one but I would say the climax of the story is the point where Philip breaks into tears because he can not sing the National Anthem and confesses he does not know it. At that point...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2009 12:06 pm UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

How does Philip Malloy's character change as the story progresses in the book Nothing But the Truth?

In Nothing But the Truth, Phillip Malloy remains a static character for much of the story, stuck in a state of youthful rebellion while a firestorm of controversy rages around him. Though he is the...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018 11:16 am UTC

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What is a "lesson learned" from Avi's Nothing But the Truth that can be described in a report?

I would argue that the largest lesson that can be learned from Avi's Nothing But the Truth is a moral one: that of the importance of telling, as the title suggests, the absolute and most complete...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 3:06 am UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

How did the other students react to Philip on his first day back in Nothing but the Truth?

Generally speaking, the reaction of the other students upon Philip's return is not favorable. Ken Barchet, a friend with whom Philip rides on the bus, is decent to him, but tells him he can't run...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2010 2:21 pm UTC

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What happens in Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel?

In the novel, Philip Malloy is angry because his English teacher, Miss Margaret Narwin, gives him a D, which means he can't be on the track team. He acts out in her homeroom, humming the national...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2017 12:04 pm UTC

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What do Philip's parents argue about?

In the novel Nothing But the Truth, Philip Malloy, the main character, has parents who often argue with each other. Avi, the author of this documentary novel, never includes a long argument between...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2020 8:48 pm UTC

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What is ironic about the way Philip's journal and Ms. Narwin's letter end up on page 70 in Nothing But the Truth?

Book pages differ from edition to edition of any given book, and although there are no journals or letters on page 70 of my particular copy to Nothing but the Truth, I am assuming you are referring...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2010 3:57 pm UTC

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In Nothing but the Truth by Avi, what kind of student is Philip?

Phillip Malloy is pretty much a nightmare student for any teacher. Constitutionally lazy and forever goofing-off in class, he's virtually unteachable. It's not so much that he's lacking in...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2018 11:43 am UTC

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What does Dr.Seymour find in Miss Narwin's file that he could use against her?

Unfortunately, Dr. Seymour finds an application for a grant that Miss Narwin had written, requesting that the school pay for her to take a summer staff development course. In the grant, she makes...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2013 2:47 pm UTC

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In the book ''Nothing but the Truth" what does the author wnat us to think about the main character,Phillip?

The great thing about Nothing But the Truth is all the different points of view you are given. The author uses Philip's journals as well as how others react to him to give the reader an idea of who...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2009 9:20 am UTC

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In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, why is Philip not on the team?

Though Philip has a lot of talent and athletic ability for track, he is not allowed to even try out for the team because his grades are not good enough. The school rules say that an athlete must...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 1:44 am UTC

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In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, how do the characters overcome the conflict? 

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, the conflict is resolved in a most unsatisfactory way. Each person involved has told a different "truth," and particularly because of Philip's telling, just about...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2016 7:58 pm UTC

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What are some facts between chapter 13 and 16 in Nothing but the Truth?

Jennifer Stewart, the reporter, questions Dr. Seymour and Dr. Doane about the school district's policy on students singing the national anthem. She also calls Dr. Palleni and Miss Narwin. Philip...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2012 2:25 am UTC

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What grade does Phillip get on his examination?

When Philip comes to sit his winter term English exam, he's required to answer a question on The Call of the Wild by Jack London. It's already been established that Philip doesn't think much of the...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 10:58 am UTC

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How long was Philip suspended?

In Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel by Avi, Dr. Palleni, the principal of Harrison High School, suspends Philip for two days. The conversation about the suspension starts on page 75. I...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 12:20 pm UTC

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Did Ms. Narwin, in Avi's Nothing But the Truth, truly say that Phil had to "put down the things she thinks" when...

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Philip writes in his diary that Ms. Narwin wants him to "put down the things she thinks" in class. He is upset and angry that he received a low grade on his Call of...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015 9:31 pm UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

What are two ways the book Nothing but the Truth is structured?

Avi's novel for Young Adults is indeed structured differently from most novels. It is partially written in what is called "epistolary style," that is, through letters both to and from the novel's...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2014 6:21 pm UTC

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In Nothing but the Truth, where were the places to which the news article went in the United States?

In Nothing but the Truth, the news article about Philip Molloy's suspension is distributed by the American Affiliated Press Wire Service, which means that it is available to the entire country, if...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2010 12:51 pm UTC

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How does Miss Narwin describe Phillip in her letter to her sister in Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel? What...

In her letter to her sister Anita, Miss Narwin mentions Philip Molloy and his disruptive behavior in class. She starts by saying that she's convinced that there's something in his private life...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019 6:16 am UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Why doesn't Allison Doresett sit next to Phillip Malloy on the bus in Nothing But the Truth by Avi? 

In Avi's Nothing But the Truth, the first time Allison Doresett sits with Philip on the bus, he has just found out that he cannot be on the track team unless he can get his grade changed in...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2016 4:57 pm UTC

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Why does Miss Narwin want to attend the summer program New Approaches to the Teaching of Literature for Today's...

Miss Narwin writes to Dr. Doane, Principal of Harrison High School, enclosing her application to the State Education Office for a summer grant-in-aid. She is hoping to attend a summer program at...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2020 10:51 am UTC

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What word did Phillip use to describe the school rules the second time he got in trouble in Nothing but the Truth?

In Avi's YA novel Nothing but the Truth, Philip Malloy is a high school student who aspires to join to track team. However, he is thwarted from doing so after he gets a "D" in the English class...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020 8:17 am UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

What is the point(s) of view in Nothing But the Truth?

Nothing But the Truth is a documentary novel, meaning that the author conveys the actual story through all sorts of different types of documents: journal entries, memos, letters, newspaper...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2013 2:34 pm UTC

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, what are the major inaccuracies present in Jennifer Stewart's article published...

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Jennifer Stewart's article on April 1 is inaccurate because she did not get all the facts. First of all, Philip was not suspended for singing "The Star Spangled...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015 12:30 am UTC

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