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Basically, Chapter 7 and 8 are both about the Professor exploring more of the island, the people that live there, and the society that they have built. Chapter 7 begins with the Professor and Mr. F...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2018 3:44 pm UTC

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The chapter begins by telling readers that the Western American Explorers' Club in San Francisco is buzzing with excitement because Professor Sherman has chosen to tell them his amazing story...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2018 4:26 pm UTC

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There is more than one theme present in this book. The majority of the book is about the Professor's time on the island of Krakatoa, its incredible population of people, and the society that they...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2018 1:19 pm UTC

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The chapter begins with the Professor eating breakfast at a Chinese restaurant. After breakfast, Mr. F and the Professor go to a "fine coral beach" in order to do some swimming. After the swim, the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2018 3:32 pm UTC

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Professor William Waterman Sherman: The protagonist of the story, who decided to travel the world by balloon upon retirement in 1883, became world famous when he was discovered among the wreckage...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018 7:52 pm UTC

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Chapter VI of The Twenty-One Balloons (Dubois), is entitled "The Gourmet Government." In this chapter, Professor Sherman wakes up in comfort in a canopied bed in a beautifully furnished room in...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016 1:11 am UTC

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The Twenty-One Balloons is a 1947 novel written by William Pène du Bois. This novel mixes the scientific with the fantastic and tells the story of Professor William Waterman Sherman, a retired...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2020 9:18 pm UTC

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A simile is a comparison that uses "like" or "as" to connect two different objects or ideas. These are some of the easiest comparisons to spot, as you can look to those two words as markers....

Latest answer posted September 20, 2018 8:28 pm UTC

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I am so pleased to see that people are still reading this wonderful book, which is one of my all-time favorites. Chapter II of The Twenty-One Balloons is entitled "A Hero's Welcome is Prepared."...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2015 4:08 am UTC

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In Chapter 3 of "Twenty-One Balloons", Professor William Sherman arrives in San Francisco aboard the Presidential train. He is taken immediately by carriage to the Western American...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2009 5:24 am UTC

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Professor William Waterman Sherman is the main character of the story. After chapter one, he also becomes the story's narrator. He is sixty-six years old, and a retired arithmetic teacher, from...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2012 11:19 pm UTC

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In Chapter 5, the Professor is awakened by a proper gentleman, Mr. F, who admonishes him to change into the formal attire he is providing, and tells him that he is on the Island of Krakatoa, which...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2008 1:39 pm UTC

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In Chapter 4 of The Twenty One Balloons, Professor Sherman sets off on his journey. He admires his final view of San Francisco and notices the excitement generated by his takeoff. He immediately...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2015 3:06 am UTC

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The chapter begins with the Professor being "gently awakened" after four or five hours of sleep. The man insists that the Professor get out of the sun. The Professor has no idea what is happening....

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018 10:47 pm UTC

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In 1875, after being shipwrecked on the island of Krakatoa, Mr. M discovers the diamond mines. He builds a raft, gets back to San Francisco, and handpicks twenty families to return to the island...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2009 5:10 am UTC

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One theme is that equality helps to bred respect. The members of the island have worked out a system in which all individuals and all families are on equally footing. Everyone works the same...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2008 2:44 am UTC

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A simile is a specific kind of metaphor. It is a comparison that uses "like" or "as" to connect two different objects or ideas. Often, they are somewhat easy to locate and identify because you are...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

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The problem in "The Twenty-One Balloons" is that Professor Sherman and the inhabitants of the island, Krakatoa, must find a way to escape the island before a massive eruption destroys the...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2008 12:13 am UTC

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Chapter 3 opens with Professor Sherman arriving in San Francisco via the US President's train. The whole city of San Francisco celebrates his return, and the mayor whisks him away to the auditorium...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2016 6:50 am UTC

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In Chapter 9 of the novel, the Professor provides the geography lesson we need to understand the setting, and then Mr. F provides many reasons for the families not being worried about being seen by...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2012 1:25 am UTC

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The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène due Bois follows the tale of Professor William Waterman Sherman, who retires from his job as a schoolteacher in order to fly across the world by himself in a...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2017 2:59 am UTC

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1984 takes to extremes some aspects of our society that some people believe represent troubling trends. For example, some people say that the internet has given the government too much ability to...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016 10:34 pm UTC

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I think this question is asking about something other than possible themes. It is possible that the author had several messages in mind. One possible message is that the author was trying to show...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019 1:56 pm UTC

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In William Pene du Bois’s novel The Twenty-One Balloons, Mr. F. is methodically showing Mr. Sherman, the balloonist who has found himself stranded on the volcanic island of Krakatoa, the home of...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2015 3:32 pm UTC

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This is one of my favorite books, and I've been thinking about this question for a few days now. My opinion is that the book holds many important ideas, and it is difficult to say with any...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2015 3:27 am UTC

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This is one of my favorite books! In Chapter 4, Professor Sherman is settling into his journey and says "this was a truly enjoyable mode of life" (49). But the seventh day is "catastrophic" (52)....

Latest answer posted December 24, 2009 12:48 am UTC

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The protagonist of "The Twenty-One Balloons", by William Pene du Bois, is Professor William Waterman Sherman. Sherman is a retired math teacher who has burned out from years of student...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2009 4:13 am UTC

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In Chapter 7 of William Pene du Bois's The Twenty-One Balloons, Professor Sherman says something about life on Krakatoa that impresses Mr. F. In this chapter, Mr. F takes Professor Sherman on a...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2016 8:15 am UTC

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There are a few conflicts in this story. One is man versus nature, first shown as the professor attempts to travel in a hot air balloon and wrecks because of a bird, and then shown as a group of...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2012 6:50 pm UTC

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The short answer is "eighty." Here are the details: In The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois, twenty families live on the island of Krakatoa, and each family has "one boy and one girl,"...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016 5:26 pm UTC

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The Western American Explorer's Club does not and has never existed, to the best of my knowledge. It is a fictionalized version of explorer clubs that were coming into being during that era, for...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015 4:52 pm UTC

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In The Twenty-One Balloons, Professor Sherman made his balloon as light as possible by being very careful about how he designed and constructed his basket. Since he wanted to stay up in the air for...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2016 8:54 am UTC

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In the young reader's novel The Twenty-One Balloons, Professor Sherman mostly changes with respect to his scientific thinking. Also, since he had pleasant experiences with the people he met on...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016 3:00 am UTC

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The irony of the public reaction to Sherman's take off and return lies in the amount of fanfare associated with his return compared to the general nothingness of his departure. In his words: As I...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012 3:22 am UTC

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The island of Krakatoa has a very large, active volcano that threatens to erupt at a moment's notice, destroying everything in its path. That being the case, one has to ask why no one chooses to...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2021 11:12 am UTC

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Professor Sherman, in The Twenty-One Balloons (Dubois), retires and realizes his lifetime dream of drifting away in a balloon. Circumstances conspire to land him in Krakatoa, where he encounters...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2016 7:00 pm UTC

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The point-of-view of this story actually shifts several times. If you include the Introduction as part of the story, the point-of-view is a mixture of 3rd person and 2nd person, as the speaker...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012 3:33 am UTC

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On the island of Krakatoa, where twenty families have settled, the children are all between ten and fifteen years of age in The Twenty-One Balloons (Dubois). There is no formal schooling on the...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2016 7:15 pm UTC

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In spite of the fact that each family represents the architecture and food of a different nation, all of the families are from the United States. The "founding father" is Mr. M., a sailor who was...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2015 12:30 am UTC

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Professor Sherman names his balloon "The Globe." This is entirely appropriate given its projected size, as well as the nature of the journey on which he's about to embark. The professor wants to be...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2018 9:17 am UTC

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The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pene Dubois, opens in San Francisco, California, in October, 1883, as Professor Sherman makes a triumphant return to the city where he had launched his year of...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2016 2:20 pm UTC

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The setting of The Twenty-One Balloons is an interesting one. Let's talk about the exceptions to the rule first. The story is framed by San Francisco (in that the story begins and ends there)....

Latest answer posted August 7, 2009 10:25 am UTC

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Professor Sherman lands his hot air balloons in the Atlantic ocean off the shore of Scotland in an effort to get home safely. Initially, he wanted to land in the English channel, but as he says on...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 3:09 pm UTC

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This would have to be a creative writing assignment, as the Professor never actually does try to escape the island of Krakatoa in the book. Although he is told in no uncertain terms that he will...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2009 5:25 am UTC

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The Krakatoans had no idea how devastating the volcano would be. What killed most people was not the lava flow but the hot gases, called the pyroclastic flow. It was similar to what killed people...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2008 1:05 am UTC

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The characters and the plot are completely fictional, but the central event, the volcano on Krakatoa erupting, is true. It erupted completely, beginning on August 26, 1883, killing over 30,000...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2012 4:04 pm UTC

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Krakatoa is a Utopian Democracy, meaning that it is being portrayed as a democratic society (all decisions made by majority vote) and it is a "perfect" society. In this community,...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2008 7:14 am UTC

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The book The Twenty-One Balloons is a story about a utopian society. It's an ideal place of respect for everybody's individuality. A dystopia is the opposite. The Merriam-Websterdictionary defines...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2018 11:22 pm UTC

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A great representative of children's literature (and of literature for those who are not exactly children), The Twenty-One Balloons focuses on the strange and marvelous discovery of Professor...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2012 9:17 pm UTC

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It is nice to see someone reading one of my favorite books! In the first chapter, we are told that the professor insisted on telling his story to the Western American Explorers' Club in San...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2009 2:36 pm UTC

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