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Sarah, Plain and Tall

What are some of the true facts in Sarah, Plain and Tall?

I am assuming that you mean true historical facts. Sarah, Plain and Tall is a well-researched historical fiction novel. It contains a wealth of accurate historical information about the period....

Latest answer posted December 21, 2015 8:06 am UTC

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What is the major theme of Patricia MacLachlan's Sarah, Plain and Tall?

MacLachlan's Sarah, Plain and Tall has quite a few themes, and the question asks for the main theme. Picking the single main theme for this book will likely differ slightly from reader to reader...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2017 5:11 am UTC

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Why does Sarah want to learn how to ride a horse and drive a wagon by herself in Sarah, Plain and Tall?

Sarah wants to learn how to ride a horse and drive a wagon so she can be independent. Sarah asks Jacob to teach her how to ride a horse and drive a wagon so she can go into town by herself. She...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2013 4:07 pm UTC

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How does Papa's agreeing to teach Sarah to ride a horse and drive a wagon develop a theme in Sarah, Plain and Tall?

I believe that this question is asking about how Sarah's learning to ride a horse and drive a wagon helps to develop an existing theme rather than develop a brand new theme. Present throughout the...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 1:05 pm UTC

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What did Sarah miss about Maine in Sarah, Plain and Tall?

Sarah missed several things about Maine. During a conversation she has with Maggie during their visit, Sarah reveals amid tears that she misses the sea. She loved the sea and perhaps that is the...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2015 3:58 pm UTC

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Who were the neighbors who brought chickens in "Sarah, Plain and Tall"?

Maggie and Matthew are a married couple who are the Wittings' neighbors to the south. Matthew is a widower with two children and Maggie is his mail-order bride. They bring a welcome present for...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2008 6:51 am UTC

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In Sarah, Plain and Tall, why are Sarah's shells at the bottom of the food bag? chapter eight

In order to answer this question, we must think about what we know about Sarah, and then make an inference about the shells at the bottom of the bag. We know that Sarah came from the East Coast....

Latest answer posted August 12, 2011 3:28 am UTC

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In Sarah, Plain and Tall, how would you describe the rising action (build up), the climax, and the falling action?

Sarah Plain and Tall is what I would call a compact narrative as the all of the action is rapid and pacy but very punchy. So the story is short but well put together and the rising action is...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2013 11:20 am UTC

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In Sarah, Plain and Tall, how does Papa feel about Sarah and how do you know?

At first Papa is shy around Sarah. Overall, Papa seems pleased with Sarah. She pulls her weight around the farm and she is kind to the children. She is pleasant to be around. A turning point is...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2015 6:21 am UTC

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In Patricia MacLachaln's Sarah, Plain and Tall, what is the major issue of the story?

Patricia MacLachaln's Sarah, Plain and Tall is a story which depicts the lives of four characters needing to find a family. The death of Jacob's wife (Anna and Caleb's mother) proves traumatic for...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2013 7:21 pm UTC

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What was in Anna's letter?  

The reader does not know exactly what is in Anna's letter to Sarah. This is because only Sarah's reply to Anna is shown in the book. Sarah's letter to Anna does, however, give clues about the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2016 6:53 am UTC

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Why do you think Anna wanted Papa to ask Sarah if she sings?

Anna wanted Papa to ask Sarah if she sings because she associated singing with her mother, who died. Anna recalled that her mother sang every day. In the first chapter of the book, Anna told her...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2015 5:57 am UTC

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What inferences can be made about Sarah in Caleb’s story?

Many inferences can be made about Sarah in the lovely story Sarah, Plain and Tall. Through reading the story, one can tell that Sarah is indeed a loving, kind, generous, determined, and independent...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2019 6:47 pm UTC

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What did Anna forget to say to her mother?

In the story, Anna forgot to say good night to her mother. Although we may think of forgetting as normal in the hubbub of daily life, Anna is especially troubled by it. This is because Anna's...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2019 4:04 pm UTC

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What is papa looking for in a wife. What is important to him?

In the book 'Sarah Plain and Tall, the author shows how a father and his two children try to cope with the lonesome issues of life after a mother dies. The father decides eventually that there are...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2013 7:06 pm UTC

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How is bread dough like a newborn baby?  

The novel Sarah, Plain and Tall opens with a conversation between siblings Anna and Caleb. Caleb begs his younger sister to tell the story of the day he was born. In hearing this story, Caleb...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 7:57 am UTC

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How does Sarah, Plain and Tall end?

By the time that the final chapter begins, everybody is super hopeful that Sarah will stay with the family, but nobody is confident that she actually will. The children especially fear that Sarah...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2020 3:38 am UTC

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In the book Sarah, Plain and Tall, why did Papa stop singing after his wife died?

Caleb asks his father why he never sings anymore, and Papa tells him that it is because he has forgotten all the old songs. But in reality, Papa is too sad to sing now that his wife has died.

Latest answer posted October 17, 2007 1:00 am UTC

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mathew,and maggy mathew and maggy is a very important part of the story because they share and they are thier...

Does your friend think you should stop being friends because you are fighting frequently? While I think your point from the story is true--that friends don't give up on each other--I also think...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010 2:41 pm UTC

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