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The Other Wes Moore

How were both of the Wes Moores similar and different in The Other Wes Moore?

What interested author Wes Moore in writing about the other Wes Moore was the similarities between the men. Both Wes Moores are African-American men from Baltimore who lost their fathers at a young...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2020 6:11 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

How did Wes's father die in The Other Wes Moore?

From the opening paragraphs, the author foreshadows the story of his father’s tragic, senseless death to follow. He further implies that demographics will be a factor in the outcome, since the...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2020 6:16 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Summarize chapter 1 of The Other Wes Moore.

Chapter One begins with three-year-old Westley punching his sister, Nikki, while playing with her. Westley's mother, Joy, is furious when she discovers what he has done. Frightened at his mother's...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2017 9:31 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Why did the author’s mom get so angry when he hit his sister when he was three years old in The Other Wes Moore?

In part 1, chapter 1, the author describes an incident in which his mother disciplined him for hitting his sister, Nikki, who is seven years older than he is. To his surprise, the author’s mother,...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 9:03 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

On page 36 of The Other Wes Moore, we learn that Wes’s mother slept in the living room to protect the kids from a...

Mary tries to protect Wes from himself and the criminal lifestyle into which he's fallen. It's too late for Tony, Wes's older bother, but Mary tenaciously holds on to the belief that Wes's life can...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 7:07 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

In The Other Wes Moore, Wes talks about similarities between public schools and prisons. What does he mean by this?

In The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore describes the subtle differences, and often luck, that leads to great success or abject failure later in life, specifically for at-risk urban youths growing up in...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020 2:38 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

If Mary held school and education to be so important for herself, why did she not make sure that her children felt...

The perspectives of parents and children often vary considerably. Wes’s mother deeply valued education and communicated her feelings to her children. However, she was not the person attending the...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 3:01 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

On pages 48–49 of The Other Wes Moore, we learn about the sacrifices Wes and Justin made to attend their school. What...

Author Wes Moore made friends with Justin when the two boys enrolled in the elite Riverdale School. They walked and took the subway together to Riverdale, which was located in one of the few nice...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2020 6:25 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Re-read pages 6–7 of The Other Wes Moore and identify the central idea of these paragraphs. Explain what you learned...

On pages 6–7 of The Other Wes Moore, we learn the meaning behind both Wes’s and his sister Nikki’s names. Wes (Westley) was named after his father, a very gentle, kind man. We learn that Wes has...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020 11:50 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

What are Wes's grandparents' rules in The Other Wes Moore?

In chapter 1, as Wes sits in the front seat of the car, waiting to be taken to his grandparents' house, his mother reminds him of the rules that his grandparents expect him to abide by. The rules...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 1:22 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Why was it so important to Joy Moore to punish Wes when he hit Nikki in The Other Wes Moore? How did his father...

When Wes punched his older sister, he understood his action as purely personal. He was only three years old, and his reaction was directed toward her as an individual. In his view, it was just part...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 6:59 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Why did Mary stop attending college in The Other Wes Moore?

The other Wes Moore's mother, Mary, is a highly intelligent woman. Despite falling pregnant at the tender age of 16, she remains determined to become the first person in her family to get an...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 7:28 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

On page 50 of The Other Wes Moore, Wes writes about the time when he exaggerated the reason he was suspended from...

This episode indicates how hard it is for Wes to live in two worlds: the world of the street and the world of the elite private school which he attends. He exaggerates the reason he was suspended...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 10:40 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Which two friends influence Wes (the author) the most in The Other Wes Moore? Cite scenes from the book and explain...

Wes Moore, the author of the book, had two major changes in his education. The first occurred when his mother enrolled him in Riverdale School in New York, where he was one of the few...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019 6:41 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

According to Wes Moore, "Failing doesn't make us a failure. But not trying to do better, to be better, does make us...

In 2001, The Baltimore Sun ran two stories about two Wes Moores. One Wes Moore was a Rhodes scholar and a decorated Army officer. The other Wes Moore was a drug dealer and murderer who killed a...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2018 10:28 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

In The Other Wes Moore, explain the final interview between the two Wes Moores.

At the final interview between the two Wes Moores, the other Wes Moore, the convicted murderer, surprises the author by still insisting that he wasn't present during the robbery that led to the...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 11:48 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

What role did music play in the other Wes Moore's life?

Being a rapper was one of the goals that the other Wes Moore had for himself; music gave him a sense of purpose and direction. The other Wes didn't want to be a drug dealer; he didn't intend to...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 11:47 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

In The Other Wes Moore, why did other Wes find it difficult to take Tony's advice on how to behave at home and at...

Tony's always full of advice for his kid brother. He's forever telling him how important it is for him to get his head down at school and work hard. Trouble is, Tony's not exactly best placed to...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 4:48 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Wes writes on page 54 that: Later in life, I learned that the way many governors projected the numbers of beds...

It's widely believed that this is something of an urban myth. According to this myth, prison governors supposedly use third-grade reading scores in local schools to plan how many beds they will...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 5:17 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Why did the author include the basketball scene in chapter 2 of The Other Wes Moore? What was his overall point?

In chapter 2 the author, Wes Moore, heads out to a local basketball court in the Bronx where he likes to play against some of the older boys. Those who regularly show up at the court present a...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 5:29 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

In chapter 3 of The Other Wes Moore, the author is sent to private school by his mother. Describe the good and bad...

In chapter 3 of The Other Wes Moore, Wes is sent to a private school by his mother, Joy. She hopes that the school will allow Wes to move beyond his upbringing to a brighter future. She sees the...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2019 12:13 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

How did the other Wes Moore's first experience with alcohol impact his decision to sell drugs?

Wes's first experience with alcohol and drugs makes him feel exhilarated and shows him exactly what addiction is; he realizes that he can make money from feeding other people's addictions. Wes and...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 11:54 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

In The Other Wes Moore, the author says to the other Wes, "I guess it's hard sometimes to distinguish between second...

He means that when you get a second chance in life, you don't know if you'll ever get another one. For all you know, it could be your last chance. It all depends on whether or not you take the...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 10:50 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

How did the other Wes Moore respond when he was punched?

Wes runs to get a knife to send the kid who punched him a message by threatening or possibly cutting him. When Wes is eight, he's playing football when an opponent punches him in the face. Wes had...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 11:10 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Explain how their grandmothers impact the lives of both Wes Moores in The Other Wes Moore.

The author Wes and other Wes had their grandmothers looking after them. The dissimilarity is that author Wes’s grandparents established rules and assigned him duties while he was staying with them....

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019 2:41 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

According to The Other Wes Moore, during their youth, Wes and Wes spend most of their time in crime-ridden Baltimore...

The environments that the two Wes Moores grew up in played significant roles in shaping their stories. Consider how the other Wes Moore grew up in a complicated family unit and a city where selling...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2020 5:16 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

In The Other Wes Moore, what ways did growing up without a father impact both men?

The author Wes Moore's father was a broadcast journalist who died when Wes was only little. This had the effect of depriving him of some much-needed discipline in his life. Without a father figure...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 4:59 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

On pages 16–18 of The Other Wes Moore, Mary Moore receives a letter explaining that her Pell Grant was no longer...

Mary Moore was very proud of being the first person in her family to go to college. After receiving a Pell Grant, she was able to go to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. When...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 8:13 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

When does Wes's mom find his drugs in The Other Wes Moore?

In chapter 4, Wes and Tony get into a furious argument over where Wes got the money from to buy a new pair of sneakers. Wes says he got it from working as a DJ in the neighborhood, but Tony's not...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 10:15 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

On page 4 of The Other Wes Moore, Wes talks about the similarities between public schools and prisons. What does he...

There are a number of deep similarities between prisons and public schools. Both institutions regiment the time of people within them and control the ability to move freely within them, to the...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 11:11 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

What is a plebe and how does is compare to Wes’s other identities?

In Ancient Rome, a pleb was a member of the common people. In modern times, it tends to be used as a derogatory term for someone deemed to be of a lower social class. That helps to explain why...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018 10:11 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Why did young Wes, who ran away from military school five times, finally decide to stay put?

Wes is finally persuaded to stay at military school by his mother, Joy, who tells him about the enormous financial sacrifices that had to be made to send him there. Once she'd made the decision to...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 7:17 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

How did Wesley Moore’s old neighborhood manage to follow him in The Other Wes Moore?

It follows him in the sense that it holds him back, making him less confident than he ought to be about furthering his education. Although Wes may no longer physically be in Baltimore, his mind...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 6:16 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

How does Wes Moore describe the culture of the streets in The Other Wes Moore?  

The Wes Moore who is the author of The Other Wes Moore writes both in first person to narrate his own experiences and using limited-omniscient third-person perspective to narrate the other man’s...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019 9:20 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

One of the “other” Wes Moore’s female “friends” says on page 102, “Get up and walk me out! Be a gentleman.” How might...

The exasperation of the other Wes Moore's girlfriend tells us a lot about his character. This is someone who treats women as little more than sex objects and bright, shiny trinkets to wear on his...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 3:37 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

On pages 48–49 of The Other Wes Moore, we learn about the sacrifices Wes and Justin made to attend their school. What...

Wes and Justin attended the private Riverdale school in the Bronx. To get there took as long as an hour and a half on some days, as there was always traffic, stalled trains, and weather issues to...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 1:46 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

What were some of the psychological effects of “living in two worlds” on the Author Wes in The Other Wes Moore? How...

Wes’s quote “I was becoming too ‘rich’ for the kids from the neighborhood and too ‘poor’ for the kids at school. . . . Thinking way too much in each situation and getting tangled in the...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019 6:38 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Why does Wes Moore credit Paul White for his acceptance into Johns Hopkins in The Other Wes Moore?

Despite his many successes at Valley Forge Military Academy, Wes still lacks something in the confidence department. He doesn't truly believe he has what it takes to study at Johns Hopkins. For one...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 6:03 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Why was the author haunted by the story of his namesake in The Other Wes Moore? What was the reason he insisted on...

Wes Moore, the author of The Other Wes Moore, is haunted by the story of his namesake for several reasons. As Moore writes in his book, both men share a name as well as the potential to have lived...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 9:23 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

What do Justin and Wes have in common in The Other Wes Moore?  

Justin, like Wes, is one of the few black kids at the prestigious Riverdale High School. Their common race establishes a bond between the two boys, providing them with a sense of solidarity—which...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 5:14 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Why is Wes Moore 2 in jail in The Other Wes Moore?

In The Other Wes Moore, author Wes Moore compares and contrasts his life with his supposed "doppelganger," the other Wes Moore. The two men had very similar situations in life and, obviously, share...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 5:35 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

In the book The Other Wes Moore, why does the author start chapter 6 off with Woody's graduation? What is the...

I think the point of starting off the chapter—chapter 6, to be precise—with Woody's high school graduation is to highlight what can be achieved, even by those who've grown up in a similar...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 9:32 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

In The Other Wes Moore, Wes writes about his mother’s decision to move from Maryland to New York City. Do you think...

Although Wes was only three when his mother, Joy, moved to New York with her children, the relocation clearly made an impression on him. He prefaces the information about their move with his...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 4:55 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Why is football so important to Wes in The Other Wes Moore?

Football is so important to Wes because playing for the Northwood Rams makes Wes feel like he belongs and gives him a feeling of pride. Wes was a defensive end for the Northwood Rams, which he says...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 6:13 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

In The Other Wes Moore, what is Wes Moore’s grandmother and grandfathers educational background?

Wes Moore's paternal grandfather is Reverend Dr. James Moore, a minister who originally hails from Jamaica. He came to the United States to study theology and has remained in the country ever...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 7:57 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

How was the other Wes’s brother, Tony, “willing to risk seeming like a hypocrite”? Why did he want to be like the...

Tony was willing to risk seeming like a hypocrite to protect his brother from entering the drug trade and a life of crime. Wes is still young when Tony is already a "certified gangsta." He started...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 11:05 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

In what way does Wes disappoint Tony in The Other Wes Moore?

Wes disappointed Tony by selling drugs and lying to him about it. When Wes brings home money, Tony asks him where he got it. Wes says he was DJing. Tony asks again and Wes tries to respond in the...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019 3:58 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

What helped Justin and Wes bond quickly?  

Joy sends her son Wes—who'll grow up to be the author Wes Moore—to a private school as she's concerned about the poor state of the public school system. Joy toils away at several jobs, working...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2018 11:44 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

What is the significance of the title of the second chapter of The Other Wes Moore, "In Search of Home?"

"In Search of Home" tells the story of how the other Wes Moore moved three times since his brother was born. It also talks about the author Wes Moore's move to the Bronx and how his family moved...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 8:28 pm UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

How does the author develop the idea of freedom of choice in The Other Wes Moore?

The author develops the idea that the freedom of choice is real but it's affected by external factors that a person might not have control over. This can change the entire trajectory of a person's...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 5:06 pm UTC

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