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What are 5 major events in the novel Tangerine?

A lot happens during this novel. I'll pick several important events that occur over the course of the novel in order to provide a better picture of how much actually happens to Paul. Paul and his...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2017 1:28 pm UTC

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How did Paul lose his sight and how did the Fishers deal with the situation in Tangerine?

Paul lost his eyesight when his brother and a friend sprayed paint into his eyes. Paul was always told that he looked into an eclipse when he was little and that was how he lost his much of his...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2015 9:31 pm UTC

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In Tangerine, how did Luis die?

In Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine, Luis Cruz is killed by a blow to the head from a blackjack wielded by Erik Fisher's friend, Arthur Bauer. The head wound doesn't kill Luis right away. Luis had...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 10:50 pm UTC

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In "Tangerine," why did Erik and Vincent spray paint Paul's eyes?

In the novel Tangerine, Edward Bloor reveals the many cruelties of Erik slowly, beginning with the present, and working backward to the incident where Paul was blinded. This is very effective since...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2018 3:00 am UTC

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How did Paul actually lose his eyesight in Tangerine?

Paul Fisher is the main character and narrator in Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine. He is legally blind and wears very thick glasses. He has no peripheral vision. He believes that he was blinded by...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 11:50 pm UTC

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What are some metaphors in part 2 of the book Tangerine?

A metaphor is a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unrelated things. Unlike similes, metaphors usually don’t use “like” or “as” to make a comparison. Examples of metaphors in...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 12:50 am UTC

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 TANGERINE (SPRAY PAINT ACCIDENT) When Paul confronts his brother about his eyes what does he say?  

In Tangerine, Paul confronts Erik (his brother) and Arthur about Luis Cruz's death; however, Paul doesn't confront Erik about his eyes. Instead, he confronts his parents for lying to him about how...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015 9:00 pm UTC

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What main changes does Paul Fisher go through?

In Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine, Paul Fisher is the main character and narrator. He is also a dynamic character. The main change he goes through is finding his identity in the shadow of his older...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2018 7:06 pm UTC

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How would you describe Paul's mom in "Tangerine"?

I think, too, that she is what a lot of mothers are when it comes to their children; Naive and dillusiional--both of the parents actually. This was most evident when the grandparents came to town...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2012 1:20 am UTC

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What is the problem in Tangerine and how was it resolved?

Edward Bloor’s novel is about a highly dysfunctional family in which the parents collaborate with their older child in abusing the younger child. The parents routinely engage in psychological...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 6:10 am UTC

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Why were Erik and Arthur laughing after Mike Costello's death?

Erik and Arthur are laughing after Mike Costello's death because they are such insensitive, cruel boys that they find humor in Mike's little brother's reaction to the death. Joey, Mike's little...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016 8:50 pm UTC

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What is the Erik Fisher Football Dream?  

The "Erik Fisher Football Dream" is Paul's name for his older brother's plan to earn fame and a college scholarship by playing football. This theme is central to Tangerine. Paul, the main character...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2018 10:08 am UTC

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Why does Paul get kicked off the Lake Windsor Middle School soccer team?

Essentially, Paul gets kicked off the Lake Windsor Middle School soccer team because his disability prevents him from being covered under the school's accident insurance plan. Insurers often won't...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018 6:54 pm UTC

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What are the major themes in the book Tangerine by Edward Bloor?    

Tangerine is full of potential themes that could be classified as "main" themes. One such potential theme is the theme of appearance conflicting with reality. This theme can be explored through...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019 2:27 am UTC

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In the book Tangerine, why did Erik's family move to Florida?

Erik’s family moved to Florida because of its football craze which would increase Erik’s chances of being scouted and awarded a scholarship. Additionally, Mr. Fisher had accepted an engineering job...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2015 12:24 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the Costello brothers' relationship and the Fisher brothers' relationship.   

There are a few similarities in the relationship between the Costello brothers and the Fisher brothers in Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine. There are many more differences. The first similarities are...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2018 2:26 am UTC

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In the book Tangerine, what is Mike and Joey’s relationship?

Mike and Joey are brothers, and have a relationship that is a complete contrast to Erik and Paul. Mike is a role-model to his younger brother, showing compassion and brotherly love, a natural foil...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019 10:38 pm UTC

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Why doesn't Paul tell his parents about all of the terrible things he has seen Erik do?

It seems like Paul could have avoided a lot of trouble and heartache if he had told his parents about the terrible things Erik did in Edward Bloor's novel, Tangerine, but it's a little more...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2018 4:46 pm UTC

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What is Paul's muck fire that is always burning?

Muck fires are often the result of lighting strikes that generate great heat, and the muck fire in Tangerine is not an exception. Though the muck fire was already there, the lightning strike made...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019 4:02 pm UTC

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What does Paul's choice of sport and Erik's choice of sport say about each one of them?

While Paul chooses soccer, Erik chooses football. I’d argue that the popularity ratings of both sports show differing aspects of the brothers’ personalities. As of right now, in the United States...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2016 2:57 am UTC

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In the book Tangerine, why do some of the houses in Lake Windsor Downs have to be tented?

The Lake Windsor Downs homes are covered by tents because of a termite infestation. Termites are a type of insect that can quickly destroy the wooden walls of homes. They’re considered a pest...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2016 3:07 am UTC

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In the book Tangerine, why does Theresa think that Paul has messed up his whole life by coming to her school?

Theresa doesn't think that Paul belongs in Tangerine Middle School—or the town of Tangerine, for that matter. Paul is from Lake Windsor Downs, a place where you don't get into trouble, a place...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2019 6:36 am UTC

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In Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine, why did Paul and Erik Fisher's family moved to Florida?

In Edward Bloor's young reader's novel Tangerine, protagonist middle schooler Paul Fisher, along with his older brother Erik, must move with his family from Houston, Texas, to Lake Windsor in...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2015 9:12 am UTC

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How does Paul stand up to his brother and Arthur after the chaos of the awards night?

In Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine, Paul is the protagonist. His older brother Erik is a really mean individual, but Paul's parents are blind to that fact. All they see is his tremendous athletic...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2017 8:40 pm UTC

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What do Joey's comments tell us about him in Tangerine?     

Joey’s comments tell us that, unlike his friend Paul, Joey is unwilling to embrace Tangerine Middle School’s diversity and adapt his attitude to its culture of sarcastic comments and tough-guy...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 12:29 am UTC

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In Tangerine, Victor says to Paul, “If you’re a War Eagle, then you're a War Eagle.” What does Victor mean in that...

In that sentence and throughout that paragraph, Victor means that membership on the team means membership in a group of fiercely protective friends. ... "But I saw you playing hard out there, too....

Latest answer posted May 30, 2016 6:41 pm UTC

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How do Paul and Erik's parents treat the two boys differently?

In the novel Tangerine, the narrator and protagonist, Paul Fisher, often begrudges the way his parents give his brother Erik more praise and attention than they do him. His father obsesses over...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016 8:25 pm UTC

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Why did Joey act the way he did at Tangerine Middle School?

This is an interesting question about Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine, and it does not have a direct answer from the text. Readers must make inferences to determine the answers to why Joey acts the...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2018 6:05 pm UTC

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In Tangerine, what does Paul's mom say about the house she grew up in?

Although Paul's mom says almost nothing, directly, about the house she grew up in, her comments in the chapter titled "Thursday, August 31" strongly imply that she grew up in a very small and/or...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2016 3:40 am UTC

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In Tangerine, what is the name of the Lake Windsor soccer team?

The Lake Windsor Middle School soccer team is known as the Lake Windsor Seagulls. It’s obvious that Tangerine author Edward Bloor had some fun with the school team names. The Tangerine Middle...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 1:25 am UTC

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According to the article that Mrs. Fisher reads, what is Tangerine County famous for?

Mrs. Fisher reads from an article describing how Tangerine County is famous for how often it's struck by lightning. This happens near the beginning of the novel, in the chapter titled "Thursday,...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016 9:39 pm UTC

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In the novel Tangerine, why does Cara call Paul?

In part 2, chapter 8 of Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine we are introduced to the character of Cara under the diary entry of Tuesday, September 26, "later". Cara Clifton calls Paul after he had...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2014 2:47 pm UTC

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can you give e summary of what happened when Paul expresses concern that he ''ratted out'' the Tangerine Middle...

In Edward Bloor's Tangerine, Paul Fisher, the protagonist, and the soccer players from Lake Windsor Middle School find themselves detained in Mr. Morrow's (the head of guidance at Lake Windsor)...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2015 2:51 pm UTC

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In Edward Bloor's book Tangerine, why do Paul's parents ignore Erik's cruelty?  

The Fishers ignore Erik’s cruelty because Erik is a master manipulator who is easily able to mask his true self when his parents are around him. He quickly morphs into a sweet, innocent boy when...

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

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What are some metaphors in Tangerine by Edward Bloor?

The most important metaphor is vision (and blindness, and degrees of blindness). Paul's family acts as if he's blind, but he's not! His eyes are injured, and he has to wear those thick glasses, but...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016 10:05 pm UTC

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What is Paul's first impression of Tangerine, and how does it change throughout the novel Tangerine?

Tangerine is an important part of the book Tangerine. That shouldn't come as a surprise, since the author chose to title the book after the setting rather than the protagonist or use some kind of...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2020 1:51 pm UTC

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Who is Luis in Tangerine?

Luis is the older brother of Theresa and Tino Cruz, Paul’s classmates at his new school, Tangerine Middle School. Luis used to play soccer even though he is slightly disabled after an injury in...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 1:35 am UTC

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In Tangerine by Edward Bloor, what is Paul's reaction to Mike Costello's death?  

You can review this scene if you open the book to about 1/6 of the way in, then look for the chapter titled "Tuesday, September 5." You can see there how Paul's reaction to Mike's sudden death is...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2016 6:08 pm UTC

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In Tangerine, what reason does Mr. Fisher give Paul for being so wrapped up in Erik's football season and forgetting...

Mr. Fisher remarks that he focuses on Erik due to the particular importance of his football season. Since Mr. Fisher wants Erik to play competitive college football in order to enter the NFL, this...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2016 5:01 pm UTC

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In the book Tangerine what does Mom have to do at the high school?

The amount of control Paul's mother exerts is amazing! The irony is, through all of her control, she still is (ultimately) a liar. Paul's mother "invades" the school for three reasons: To insist...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2015 9:20 pm UTC

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What is the solution in the novel Tangerine?  

The resolution of the novel Tangerine by Edward Bloor ties up many loose ends and gives information on how the characters deal with the choices they've made in the novel. Paul, the main character,...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2016 7:24 pm UTC

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Who is the speaker of this quote from Tangerine: "Mike always felt better when he got his shoes off?" To whom is he...

Joey Costello says “Mike always felt better when he got his shoes off,” to Paul. Joey says this after Erik and Arthur Bauer make fun of the death of Joey’s brother, Mike Costello, right in front of...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 1:00 am UTC

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In Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine, why was Mr. Fisher deleting some colleges from Erik's "Scholarship offers"?

In Edward Bloor's young reader's novel Tangerine, Erik's scholarship file definitely appears as a frequent recurring motif. The protagonist's older brother Erik is a high school football hero who...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2015 8:29 am UTC

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What special equipment does Paul have for playing soccer?

Paul's unfortunate predicament in regard to his ability to play soccer is that he is legally blind. His parents attribute this impairment to an incident in Paul's childhood. Though he does not...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2019 9:19 pm UTC

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How does each member of the family feel about the Erik Fisher Football Dream?

The Erik Fisher Football Dream is Paul's name for his older brother's plan to become a high school football star and a college football scholarship recipient. Mr. Fisher, the father of Erik and...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2018 1:22 am UTC

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What did the Florida landscape look like to Paul?

Paul’s opinion of Florida’s landscape changes as he and his mom drive closer to Tangerine. At first, Paul passes “miles and miles of green fields overflowing with tomatoes and onions and...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 1:12 am UTC

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What things upset Paul’s mom about the move to Florida?

From the text, we can deduce that there are a few things that upset Paul's mom about the move to Florida. Here are some of them: The muck fires. When lightning strikes on the second day in Florida,...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018 4:28 pm UTC

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What is an example of a metaphor in the book Tangerine by Edward Bloor?

One example of a metaphor in Tangerine is when Paul says, “Of course, it wasn’t really a game. It was a war” in reference to the soccer game. Metaphors compare two things without using the words...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018 12:15 am UTC

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How do the kids on the Tangerine Middle School soccer team treat Paul?

At first, the team members treat Paul harshly. On Friday, September 22nd, Paul gets to play in a soccer game for Tangerine Middle. He’s surprised when the coach puts him into the game, being a...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016 1:10 am UTC

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In Tangerine, who does Paul like at the carnival?

Paul likes Kerri Gardner at the carnival. Kerri is a friend of Cara Clifton, who apparently is in a relationship of sorts with Paul's friend Joey. At Mike Costello's viewing and rosary, Cara comes...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2010 6:34 am UTC

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