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How does Kit change from the beginning to the end of the story in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

Kit goes through an amazing amount of transformation over the course of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. When readers are first introduced to Kit, she is a bit self-centered and entitled. Neither of...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019 11:41 pm UTC

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Explain why the family was hoping that Kit was a boy in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

The ever-judgmental Judith is never shy when it comes to expressing her opinions. One evening, just before everyone's about to go to bed, she expresses her frustration at having a female cousin...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2020 12:34 pm UTC

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In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, what does Nat do to make Kit want to marry him? Who is Nat Eaton?

The plotline between Kit and Nat is one of those classic love stories when the characters initially don't like each other, but later grow fond and eventually marry. Kit first meets Nathaniel Eaton...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 6:29 pm UTC

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What does the red ear of corn signify in Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

The red ear of corn mentioned Chapter 13 signifies a colonial tradition. As described in Chapter 13, just like they had barn raisings and house raisings in which they turned difficult labor into a...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2013 6:34 am UTC

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In Chapter 6 of "Witch of Blackbird Pond", what was the argument between Matthew Wood and Reverend Bulkeley...

Reverend Bulkeley is a staunch loyalist who believes that the colonists should give their total allegiance to the Crown and its appointee, Governor Andros. He gets into a heated argument with...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2008 10:36 am UTC

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How does Kit respond to jumping in the water in The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare?

Kit is surprised that people didn’t think she would be able to swim and annoyed at Nat for jumping in after her. When Prudence Cruff drops her doll in the water, Kit thinks nothing of jumping in...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2016 9:47 pm UTC

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How do Matthew Wood, Reverend Gershom, and William Ashby feel about King James in The Witch of Blackbird Pond? What...

Matthew Wood and Reverend Gershom have polar opposite feelings about King James and his ruling decisions regarding the colony. Chapter 6 has a great scene in which these two men heatedly face off....

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 12:02 am UTC

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What are the external conflicts in Witch of Blackbird Pond?

I think the main external conflict in the book is the conflict that exists between Kit and the Puritan society in general. Kit comes to Connecticut from Barbados where she was used to a certain...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2017 2:40 am UTC

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When they meet again at Hannah Tupper's, what do Nat and Kit discover that they have in common in The Witch of...

Hannah says she first met both Nat and Kit crying in the meadow. Kit and Nathaniel Eaton are both good friends of Hannah Tupper, the supposed witch of Blackbird Pond. They do not realize this at...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016 8:41 pm UTC

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Why does Kit consider marrying William in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

Kit considers marrying William so she can fit in, because he is rich. William Ashby was originally interested in Judith, Kit’s cousin. However, when Kit comes to town he seems to become interested...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2015 3:26 am UTC

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In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Kit leaves Barbados because she was supposed to marry an elderly man who had helped...

The reference to this question can be found in Chapter Four. We are not actually given the name of the elderly man that offered to marry Kit back in Barbados. We are merely told the following...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2012 2:57 pm UTC

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How does Kit feel upon first seeing America and then upon landing in Wethersfield?

In The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, Katherine Tyler, known as Kit, leaves Barbados in 1687 to live with her aunt in Puritan Connecticut. When her boat, the Dolphin, docks...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2016 11:46 pm UTC

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What has Kit come to realize about Uncle Matthew in Witch of Blackbird Pond? Kit has "understood for the first...

Kit has come to realize that her Uncle Matthew is a good and sincere man who possesses "a sort of magnificence about him, even without the fine uniform that made Governor Andros so...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2009 1:54 pm UTC

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What is the main problem or conflict of "The Witch of Blackbird Pond"?

The central conflict of this story is Kit's conflict against herself. She is the protagonist of the story, so it is her tale. Her problem is that she doesn't know how to fit into her new society....

Latest answer posted July 30, 2008 9:53 am UTC

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What is the Husking Bee? Who gets the red corn and what was their reaction?

The husking bee is usually a community event. It begins with work (the husking of corn) and is then followed by a time of feasting, merry-making, and dancing. In the novel, the young people attend...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018 4:11 pm UTC

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In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, what is Matthew Wood's reaction to Kit?

I take it you are referring to when Kit arrives at her Aunt and Uncle's house without informing them that she was planning on staying with them for good. The answer to your question can be found in...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2011 6:46 am UTC

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What are some words to describe Kit from The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

Katharine Tyler, or "Kit," is the sixteen year-old heroine of Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond. She is best described as fiercely independent, intelligent, and curious......

Latest answer posted May 8, 2016 8:24 pm UTC

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In "The Witch of Blackbird Pond", what was found in Hannah's house that incriminates Kit? This is for...

While Kit is trying to save Hanna from the mob the people in the community go to Hanna's home and Kit sees it burning. Kit gets Hanna safely on the boat and she returns home to find that her...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2008 11:20 am UTC

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Please can you give an example of a metaphor in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

If you are looking for metaphors and other examples of figurative language, a great place to start is the description provided of the changing seasons in America. The author uses a number of...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2011 10:20 pm UTC

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What are some similarities and differences between Barbados and Weathersfield in "Witch of Blackbird Pond"?

At the time of the story, 1687, both Barbados and the Connecticut Colony, where Weathersfield is located, are under British rule. Aside from that, there appear to be more differences than...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2009 7:32 am UTC

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Why did Kit Tyler come to be in Wethersfield, Connecticut?

Kit traveled to Wethersfield, Connecticut to flee an impending marriage. In the story, Kit confesses to Mercy that she had another reason to leave Barbados after her grandfather's death. She...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2018 5:16 pm UTC

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What happens to the Charter in "The Witch of Blackbird Pond"? hi

In Chapter 15, the historical incident involving the disappearance of the Connecticut Charter is described. The Charter was a document obtained from England by the Connecticut Colony which...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2008 4:05 pm UTC

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Why is Matthew angry about what Kit is wearing to the prayer meeting in "The Witch of Blackbird Pond"?

When Kit arrives in Wethersfield, Connecticut, to live with her Puritan family (Uncle Matthew, Aunt Rachel, Mercy, and Judith), she only has the clothes she brought with her from her previous...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2016 9:04 pm UTC

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How did Kit view slavery in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

Kit grew up where slaves were a way of life, but she is repulsed by the thought of slave ships. Growing up in Barbados as a member of the upper class, Kit is used to having slaves around to care...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2015 11:36 pm UTC

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What did Prudence do to get Kit's attention at dame school in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

Prudence follows Kit to the dame school and leaves bunches of flowers, "buttercups and wild geraniums", on the doorstep. The third time she does this, Kit catches "a sudden motion" at the open...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2009 3:29 pm UTC

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In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, what was Nat's punishment?

In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Nat is, in fact, actually punished in Chapter 16, well before the aforementioned threatened punishment (Chapter 19). He is one of "a rowdy band of rivermen from a...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2018 12:17 am UTC

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Does Kit from "Witch of Blackbird Pond" ever get married?

At the story's end, Kit and Nathaniel are reunited. Although the story ends before they are actually wed, there is no doubt that their marriage is imminent.Nat had asked Kit to go with him before,...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2008 10:17 am UTC

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How does Kit feel about William in the beginning of The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

When Kit meets William Ashby, she is surprised that he does not regard her with the suspicion everyone else does. Instead, he seems pleasingly intrigued by her, and she smiles at him, making him...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2017 2:08 pm UTC

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What happens when Governor Andros arrives to take the charter? How do these events change Kit's understanding of both...

Readers can learn about the governor and the charter in Chapter 15. We actually learn about the event after it occurred. William comes to tell Uncle Matthew that the charter is safe. The charter...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018 4:22 pm UTC

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In Chapter 9 of Witch of Blackbird Pond, what magic did Hannah Tupper do on Kit?

With simple kindness and a listening ear, Hannah Tupper calms Kit's troubled soul and helps her find the answer to her problems within her own heart. After the disaster at the dame school, Kit,...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2009 12:09 pm UTC

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In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, what happenes to Kit after she helps Hannah to reach Nat's ship?

After Kit helps Hannah to Nat's ship, the people of Wethersfield burn down Hannah's house as they have judged her to be a witch. We, the reading audience know and understand that this is not true....

Latest answer posted October 27, 2011 9:48 am UTC

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What are three of the most important events in the book The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

Three most important events of Witch Blackbird Pond. Kit’s arrival in New England would the first, and this even would include her reactions to the place, meeting her new family, trying to share...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2007 12:16 am UTC

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Why has William Ashby changed his political views in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

One of the key themes of this exciting novel is the rising sense of opposition to the crown and how this is enacted through the opposition of the townspeople to the new decree of Governor Andros...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2011 12:11 am UTC

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Compare the characteristics of Kit, Mercy, and Judith? I want to know like who is jealous and characteristic of all...

Kit is strong-willed, independent, and used to getting attention. She becomes jealous when she feels that someone else is receiving attention that she expected to obtain for herself, particularly...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2018 11:20 pm UTC

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What are important quotes from Mercy and Judith in "Witch of Blackbird Pond", and how do the quotes...

Judith has a tendency towards vanity. She shows this when, after trying on one of Kit's beautiful and stylish dresses, she exclaims, "Just wait till I walk into Meeting in this on Sunday...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2008 3:43 pm UTC

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Who is Nathaniel Eaton in The Witch of the Blackbird Pond?

Nathaniel Eaton in The Witch of the Blackbird Pond is often referred to as simply "Nat" and is a very important secondary character in regards to the varied plot of the story. Nathaniel Eaton is...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2009 2:17 am UTC

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Why are people afraid of Hannah Tupper in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

The people of Weathersfield are afraid of Hannah Tupper because they are extremely superstitious people, and Hannah Tupper is different. In general, I think the people are afraid of Hannah Tupper...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2019 2:48 pm UTC

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Give an example of a simile in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

A simile is a figure of speech. Specifically it makes a comparison between two different items in order to highlight some similarity between the two items. The last piece of a simile is that the...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2016 1:33 am UTC

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In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, after John Holbrook leaves to fight a group of Native Americans, what happens to...

John Holbrook leaves at the very end of chapter 16. Kit is shocked to hear this, because she can't believe that John would leave to go and fight as a soldier. She then learns that John went with...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2018 3:33 pm UTC

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How did Kit offend Nat, in Chapter 2 of The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

In Chapter 2, Kit unwittingly offends Nat by calling the Dolphin a "filthy ship". The incident takes place not long after Kit and Nat first meet. They come from completely different backgrounds,...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2009 6:52 am UTC

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Who is John Holbrook?

John Holbrook and Kit Tyler of The Witch of Blackbird Pond both travel to Wethersfield on the Dolphin. John is about the same age as Kit, and he is a Puritan interested in making a life for himself...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2018 8:04 am UTC

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In chapter 19 what crimes is Kit charged with at her trial?

The broad overall charge brought against Kit in chapter 19 of The Witch of Blackbird Pond is witchcraft and consorting with the devil. "Katherine Tyler, thou art here accused that not having the...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2015 2:53 pm UTC

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When kit sees nat at the wharf why is he mocking and angry?? when kit sees nat at the wharf why is he mocking and angry?

There are at least two reasons for Nat's mocking and angry attitude. First, Nat thinks that Kit is engaged to William Ashby, and this makes him feel jealous. In turn, his jealousy makes him...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2018 9:24 pm UTC

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How did Kit react to her uncle's announcement that William Ashby had asked to call on her in The Witch of Blackbird...

In a word, Kit is shocked at her uncle's announcement that William Ashby has asked to call on her. She has actually only seen him once, "for a moment after Meeting", although her uncle...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2009 2:51 pm UTC

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Why do people accuse Hannah and Kit of witchcraft?

When Kit arrives in Connecticut, she immediately sets herself apart in more ways than one. She is not used to the hard work and the plain clothes, so she is a bit of an oddity. She also makes many...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2018 9:55 pm UTC

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In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, why does Nat get punished in the stocks?

On All Saints' Day, which the Puritans regard as a pagan feast, according to Matthew, Nat places lanterns in the windows of William Ashby's house. The windows do not yet have panes, and Nat and two...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2019 12:34 pm UTC

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How are Judith and Mercy different from each other in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

Judith is a pretty girl who is smitten with a wealthy young man who is building a house for the girl he will marry (as yet an undisclosed female). She seeks his attention within the confines of the...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2010 8:25 am UTC

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In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, what does Nat do to William's house?

Nat and his friends illuminated William’s house with jack-o-lanterns because he was jealous. Kit’s uncle tells her that William has been the victim of an “insulting prank.” He tells her that...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016 4:51 am UTC

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Why did Kit live with her grandfather in Barbados?  

Kit Tyler, the protagonist of The Witch of Blackbird Pond, begins her journey with the passage from Barbados to Wethersfield in Connecticut Colony. Kit has grown up on the island of Barbados, where...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018 3:05 am UTC

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In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, what is the secret Kit told Mercy?

The answer to this question can be found in Chapter Four of this great story and the secret concerns Kit's true reason for coming to New England and leaving sunny Barbados so far behind. Kit tells...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2011 5:45 pm UTC

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