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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

One of the central themes of The Other Wes Moore is that the relationships a person cultivates throughout their life—especially those built during youth—can completely change the course of that...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2021, 12:23 am (UTC)

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The Other Wes Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women play a wide variety of roles in the communities where both Wes Moores live. For both boys, the most important woman in their lives is their mother. The author Wes Moore’s mother, Joy, was...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020, 6:19 pm (UTC)

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The Other Wes Moore

Wes and his friend Dalio are on their way to the pizza shop, which is due to close soon. On the way there, they're hassled by some drunk guys in a car, who appear to be playing some kind of prank...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2020, 11:54 am (UTC)

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The Other Wes Moore

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

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

The Other Wes Moore's mother, Mary, desperately wants to escape her neighborhood and figures that education is the way to do it. After completing her associate's degree at the Community College of...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2021, 6:54 am (UTC)

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The Other Wes Moore

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

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

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

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

Whether or not you agree with Wes's position is up to you, but it is important to note that his discussion of the controlling nature of public schools is based on facts. Just like prisoners, public...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2020, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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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

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

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

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

The coincidence of two men from the same neighborhood in the same city sharing the same name is not extreme. What initially caught the attention of the author is that within a short period, his...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019, 6:15 pm (UTC)

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The Other Wes Moore

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

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

In the epilogue of The Other Wes Moore, author Wes catches the reader up with his activities since being awarded the Rhodes Scholarship. Using the scholarship, he earned a master’s degree at...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021, 7:07 am (UTC)

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The Other Wes Moore

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 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

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

According to the text, Wes (the narrator) spent his early childhood years in a home located on the border of Maryland and Washington, DC. He lived there with his parents and sisters, Nikki and...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019, 7:30 pm (UTC)

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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

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

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

The other Wes says that he wasn't there on the day of the robbery; the author doesn't seem to believe him. The other Wes has a simple defense: he wasn't there when the armed robbery occurred and...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019, 8:15 pm (UTC)

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The Other Wes Moore

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

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

I would argue that there are two main events in the opening chapter, one of which happens to Wes Moore, and the other to his namesake. The events are similar and relate to the book's general theme...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019, 7:03 am (UTC)

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