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History

Read “Working with Primary Sources.” Then write a short paragraph in which you explain what a primary source is, and...

Among the materials used for research in history, biography, the social sciences, and other fields, primary sources are considered original materials. In history, this means that the things were...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 3:27 am UTC

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The Use of Force

Does the doctor change throughout the story? How? Why?

“The Use of Force” chronicles a doctor’s attempts to diagnose and provide medical treatment to a young girl, who stubbornly opposes these efforts. Throughout the course of William Carlos Williams’s...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 3:05 am UTC

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Animal Farm

what makes the battle against Frederick's men different from the Battle of the Cowshed?

The animals win the earlier Battle of the Cowshed decisively. It is also not a savage battle: Boxer, for example, mourns when he accidentally kills a farm hand. Also, the only casualties the...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 2:14 am UTC

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Animal Farm

describe the sale for the stack of lumber. How does Napoleon outwit himself?

Animal Farm has a stack of timber that both Pilkington and Frederick want to buy for their farms. Napoleon at first says he has no intention of selling the wood to Frederick. Stories circulate on...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 1:55 am UTC

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Fences

In August Wilson’s Fences, Troy Maxson employs baseball as a metaphor for life What are three specific instances...

In August Wilson's play Fences, main character Troy Maxson was once a talented baseball player who didn't make it into the major leagues only because of his race. Yet baseball has stayed with him...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 1:45 am UTC

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Why is To Kill a Mockingbird a classic?

There is no set formula for a classic work of literature and, at a time when the concept of a literary canon is often disputed, little agreement on what the word "classic" means. However, there are...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020 11:31 am UTC

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The Glass Menagerie

What stereotype does Amanda believe about the Irish in The Glass Menageries?

In Tennessee Williams's play The Glass Menagerie, Amanda is looking for a proper suitor for her painfully shy daughter, Laura. Her son, Tom, invites a friend, Jim O'Connor, home from work to have...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2021 1:19 am UTC

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To Kill a Mockingbird

What really happened to Mayella Ewell?

During the controversial trial in part two of the novel, Bob and Mayella Ewell boldly lie on the witness stand and accuseTom Robinson of assaulting and raping Mayella. When Atticus cross-examines...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020 11:45 am UTC

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Science

How are the lithosphere and the asthenosphere alike?

Planet Earth can be divided into various layers. Earth's atmosphere has different layers, and the planet's oceans have different layers; and the solid parts of planet Earth are no different. There...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 1:25 pm UTC

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To Kill a Mockingbird

How did Tom Robinson die?

Set in Macomb, Alabama, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird revolves around the moral, emotional, and mental development of the protagonist and narrator, Scout Finch. Much of her development is...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020 2:25 pm UTC

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Why is it a sin to kill a mockingbird?

At the beginning of chapter 10 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem and Scout go outside to shoot the new air-rifles they received for Christmas. Knowing that Jem will want to try shooting at living...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020 12:02 pm UTC

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To Kill a Mockingbird

What is the importance of the setting in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, in the 1930s. The 1930s were years of serious economic turmoil and racial tension in the United States. The book...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 6:49 pm UTC

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History

What two major events prompted England in particular to consider North American colonization in the early 17th...

There were many factors that led to English settlement in the New World. While Spain and France used the New World as a place to extract raw materials, England used the New World's resources as...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 12:14 am UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

What is the significance of the Gray eyes that the union soldier has?

We first hear about gray eyes in Ambrose Bierce's story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” when the narrator notes that Peyton Farquhar, the man about to be hung, has large, “dark gray” eyes....

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 12:05 am UTC

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Why is it a sin to kill Tom Robinson?

It is a sin to kill Tom Robinson for the same reason that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. After the children receive air-rifles, Atticus tells Jem that while, ideally, he'd prefer they only...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020 11:59 am UTC

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Beowulf

What is a sea-road in Beowulf?

Kennings are often structured as two-word phrases that are essentially metaphors for something simpler and more concrete and are combined in order to make a more ordinary subject or object look and...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 8:17 am UTC

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The Unknown Citizen

What does the poet want to convey about modern society through the poem "The Unknown Citizen"?

Auden wrote "The Unknown Citizen" in 1939 after he moved to The United States. It was published early in 1940. At this point, World War II had begun in Europe, but the US would not enter the war...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 11:48 am UTC

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Reference

two main psychological concepts for Obedience to authority

Obedience is a form of social influence in which a subject acquiesces to direct, specific commands from an authority figure. It is generally distinguished from conformity, when the subject intends...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 11:35 pm UTC

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The Crucible

How does John Proctor's arrest contribute to the drama's rising action in The Crucible?

The Crucible is an amazing play for a variety of reasons. One reason is that the play is able to build so much tension during its rising actions. The tension that it creates is amazing to me...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 1:48 pm UTC

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Recitatif

Compare and contrast “Brokeback Mountain” and “Recitatif,” both of which unfold over a span of twenty years. How do...

The reason why “Brokeback Mountain” and “Recitatif” cover such a long period of time could have to do with the respective authors’ determination to provide readers with a full portrayal of their...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 3:47 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Why is Baroka called the Lion?

In Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel, Baroka is called the lion because he is a very strong man. Baroka is the old, wise chief of the village of Ilujinle. Even though he is sixty-two years old...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 10:59 pm UTC

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Recitatif

Compare “No Name Woman” and “Recitatif.” Does anything make these stories resemble each other? Support your answer by...

The short stories resemble each other in their treatment of mothers. In “No Name Woman,” the aunt, a soon-to-be mom, is a complex and mysterious person. Her character is so elusive that she can’t...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 6:30 pm UTC

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Tangerine

What news station is the sinkhole incident on in Tangerine?

In the wake of a heavy rainstorm, a fifty-yard sinkhole opens up beneath Lake Windsor Middle School, taking a large part of the school with it. Fortunately, no one is killed or seriously injured,...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 12:33 pm UTC

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David Foster Wallace

Compare and contrast Lydia Davis's "The Caterpillar" and David Foster Wallace's "Incarnations of Burned Children."...

Both Lydia Davis's “The Caterpillar” and David Foster Wallace's “Incarnations of Burned Children” move readers' emotions through accounts of the trials and sufferings of small, helpless creatures....

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 1:25 am UTC

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Kate Chopin

What kind of assumptions can be made about Babette's past in "Ripe Figs"?

In Kate Chopin's 1892 short story "Ripe Figs," very little is made explicit about the two characters, Babette and Maman-Nainaine. The term "Maman-Nainaine" translates to grandmother, but Chopin...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 7:55 pm UTC

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The Souls of Black Folk

How does Du Bois explain the end of African Americans' striving, and what key words or phrases develop this explanation?

According to Du Bois, the history of the Black man in America has always been one of "strife," largely driven by the impossible dream of merging the two halves of his being—the Black half and the...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2021 1:49 pm UTC

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The Souls of Black Folk

What is “Of the Coming of John”?

At an elementary level, “Of the Coming of John” is a short story in W. E. B. Du Bois’s classic work of literature The Souls of Black Folk. It is the only work of fiction in the collection; the rest...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2021 3:22 pm UTC

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Invictus

Provide an interpretation of the following lines from "Invictus":  "It matters not how strait the gate, / How...

It’s interesting that the misunderstanding of the two lines is attributed to the personal condition of the poet. It might be useful to engage in a close reading of the lines, put the afflictions of...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2021 5:34 pm UTC

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The Souls of Black Folk

What is the importance of universities according to Du Bois?

In Du Bois's view, the true importance of universities should be that the university seeks to help the student "know the end and aim" of life. The point of a university should not be simply to...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 11:07 am UTC

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The Souls of Black Folk

What did Du Bois mean by the Talented Tenth?

Du Bois did not coin the phrase "the Talented Tenth," but he uses it here in the same sense in which he used it in his 1903 essay of the same name. The Talented Tenth is a phrase which refers to...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 11:22 am UTC

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The Souls of Black Folk

How does the metaphor of the "headless host" further develop the vain search for freedom?

Du Bois makes several references to the "headless host" throughout this book. He does not elaborate on what exactly he means, but his suggestion that Booker T. Washington was a "Joshua" called to...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 11:57 am UTC

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Discuss ambiguity in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

There can be no doubt that Grenouille, the antihero of Suskind's Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, is a thoroughly evil man by anyone's standards. A soulless serial killer tagged as an abomination...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2021 2:51 pm UTC

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The Souls of Black Folk

How does Du Bois further refine a central idea of the text in his description of the artisan's struggle?

One of the central ideas of W. E. B. Du Bois's text is the "doubleness" of being African American. Du Bois describes this doubleness as a great challenge: a Black American is both Black and an...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 1:40 pm UTC

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The Souls of Black Folk

What might be the underlying principles to which Du Bois refers in paragraph 13 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings"?

When W. E. B. Du Bois writes in this paragraph about the underlying principles of "the great republic," he is discussing the fact that the so-called "Negro Problem" poses a test and a challenge to...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 12:37 pm UTC

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Of Mice and Men

Analyze the methods Steinbeck uses to present Curley's wife's ambition in Of Mice and Men.

Steinbeck primarily uses dialogue to communicate Curley's wife's ambition. He sets up a scene in which Lennie is alone in the barn with the young wife. Lennie is the perfect audience because he...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2021 2:47 pm UTC

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The Souls of Black Folk

What is the central idea in "Of Our Spiritual Strivings"?

In this first chapter, Du Bois lays out the broad outlines of what he says he will discuss in detail in later chapters. His goal is to lay out the "striving in the souls of black folk" so that...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2021 12:48 pm UTC

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History

To what extent did the USA experience a greater social change in the 1950s than in the 1960s?

A strong argument can be made that the groundwork of the 1960s was established in the 1950s. For a few years after the end of World War II, probably to roughly around 1950, the "old order" held,...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 9:35 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Who discovers Euclio's pot of gold from its hiding place in The Pot of Gold? 

No one actually discovers Euclio's pot of gold in its first hiding place in Plautus's play The Pot of God. The housekeeper never knows the gold is there; she thinks the house is merely full of...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2021 4:28 pm UTC

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Essay Lab

Reflect on your previous writing experience and your current goals for this course. What types of experiences have...

Writing is hard work, and it is a skill that needs to be developed and practiced. More often than not, good writers are good because they practice using their writing skills a lot. Soccer players...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2021 4:06 pm UTC

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

If Franklin hadn't died before he finished his Autobiography, what else do you think he would have said?

This is an interesting speculative question. Benjamin Franklin died in 1790. He had been writing his autobiography for several years before his death, but the narrative breaks off in 1757. If we...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021 8:50 pm UTC

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Poetry

Please help me to identify literary devices in the poem "Process (2)" and how they convey the theme of life and...

In the brief poem "Process (2)," the literary devices employed include imagery, alliteration, simile, personification, and parallelism. Using these devices helps the author express the theme of...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021 8:09 pm UTC

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Poem on His Birthday

Write a summary of Dylan Thomas's "Poem on His Birthday."

"Poem On His Birthday" is a poem of twelve stanzas with nine lines apiece. Thomas is writing to commemorate his thirty-fifth birthday. At the beginning of the poem, Thomas describes the view from...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 10:31 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

How is death personified in "Because I could not stop for Death"?

Most people understandably don't think about death all that much. Frankly, it's all rather depressing. Even when we do think of death, we regard it with a profound sense of dread and foreboding....

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 10:36 am UTC

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Literature

Look at the “Preface” to the novel Clotel and consider it in conjunction with the various prefaces that frame...

The prefaces to William Wells Brown's novel Clotel; or, The President's Daughter and to the slave narratives of Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Jacobs all express a particular set...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021 7:03 pm UTC

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

In chapter 2 of The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, how do Byron's lips get stuck in the car mirror?

Byron's lips become stuck to the car mirror on an extremely cold day. He is leaning over the outside mirror of the car, looking at himself from very close. While he is inspecting his reflection, he...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 1:51 pm UTC

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Symposium

How does Alcibiades's experience of his love for Socrates prove that Sorcates's speech about how love works...

Before discussing how Alcibiades experiences love in a way that counters Socrates’s idea of love, perhaps it’d be best to clarify what Socrates thinks of love. In Symposium, Socrates’s concept of...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021 6:30 pm UTC

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Poem on His Birthday

Discuss the use of symbols and imageries in Dylan Thomas' Poems on His Birthday

In the opening stanza, Thomas uses the image of "driftwood" to evoke the idea that he is dissatisfied with the direction of his life. Reflecting upon his thirty-five years of life, the speaker...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 8:36 pm UTC

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Julius Caesar

How does Shakespeare’s choice to introduce the conflict between the population and the government in Julius...

One might think about how the opening scene presents the conflict between the government and the general population in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar Flavius and Marullus are a part of...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021 4:33 pm UTC

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience

How are the lamb, the child, and Christ connected in Songs of Innocence and Experience?

In William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, the poet connects the lamb, the child, and Christ through symbolism. Let's look at some examples of this. In “Introduction,” the speaker meets...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2021 3:56 pm UTC

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Arms and the Man

Why does Raina help the solider in Arms and the Man?

Raina's immediate reaction to the Bulgarian victory over Serb forces at the Battle of Slivnitza is one of nationalistic rapture. She positively revels in this great national triumph in which her...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 11:50 am UTC

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