All the King's Men

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"Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Robert Penn Warren's tale of ambition and power set in the Depression–era South is widely considered the finest novel ever written about American politics.


All the King's Men traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark, a fictional character loosely based on Governor Huey ""Kingfish"" Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success and caught between dreams of service and an insatiable lust for power, culminating in a novel that Sinclair Lewis pronounced, on the book's release in 1946, “one of our few national galleries of character."
Curriculet Details
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3 Quizzes

Designed for students in ninth and tenth grades, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining Huey Long, politics and Civil War history. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about literary devices (idioms, metaphors, imagery, etc.) and textual connections. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of author's craft/purpose, text-to-text connections, and plot detail summarization. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Before reading a novel, it is important to learn a little about its author. Follow the link below to learn more about Robert Penn Warren's life.  (This annotation contains a link)

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The first paragraph of this novel includes a great deal of imagery. Watch the video below to learn about this literary device. (This annotation contains a video)
Since Mason City, the setting of this novel, is in an unnamed state, it can be presumed that the choice in highway is very deliberate. This highway number is used throughout many of the states in the United States. 
Below is a picture of Barney Oldfield, a famous race car driver from the 20th century. (This annotation contains an image)
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Choose the line that is the best indicator that the narrator is using a flashback to tell the story, thus far. 
Watch the video below to learn about flashbacks in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
Willie Stark is a character modeled after Huey Long. Watch the video below to get a better sense of this real-life man.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Much of this text is a bit unitelligable. Why might the author include words that are difficult to understand? 
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Willie Stark comes across as a/an ______________ man. 
The Boss is an amazing public speaker. Follow the link below to learn about what qualities great public speakers possess. Be prepared to answer a question on the topic. (This annotation contains a link)
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Thinking back to the article, what are the qualities of an effective speech maker that Willie possesses? 
The highlighted text contains a simile. Watch the video for a refresher in similes and metaphors. (This annotation contains a video)
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Try looking up the definition for the highlighted word. 
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Which literary device is being used in the highlighted text? 
Campbellite is a term to believers of certain religious groups during the 19th century Restoration Movement. In using this term, the narrator is comparing Willie to a Campbellite who is being expected to treat Tiny like the Pope. 
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What does the highlighted text reveal, indirectly, about Willie's character? 
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Using context clues, define the highlighted word. Choose the option that contains the best synonym for this word. 
The highlighted text contains a few instances where Willie is being directly characterized. We know that this is so because the narrator is directly stating characteristics of Willie, as opposed to asking us to make inferences about this character (indirect characterization). 
The highlighted text contains an allusion comparing Willie to Abraham Lincoln.  
Notice that the narrator uses hyperbole in the highlighted text. He even references his use by saying, "That is slightly hyperbolic..." Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration to infuse added meaning to what is being described. 
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The highlighted text contains imagery. With that in mind, choose the definition from below that is the best definition for this word. 
The highlighted text contains an example of personification. Watch the video below, in order to learn more about this figurative language. (This annotation contains a video)
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Choose the text that contains personification. 
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Choose the option that best describes Willie's origins. 
Gulliver is an allusion to Gulliver's Travels, which is a fictional novel where Gulliver narrates his travels on the high seas. 
The picture below illustrates what the photographer's camera and tripod looked like. (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following literary devices is used in the highlighted text? 
Unfortunately, like much literature from the 19th and early 20th century, this text uses language that today we consider to be racist. In this case, do you think that Warren is trying to make a point, or is he simply writing how his characters would really talk? 
Below is a picture of white oxfords. (This annotation contains an image)
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The highlighted words refer to the Christian angelic hierarchy. Knowing this, what literary device is being used? 
Here, the narrator is comparing hair to lichen. This is an example of a simile because he is using 'like' to make this comparison. 
Does the narrator's use of a religious figure mean that he is a religious man? 
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The highlighted text contains what literary device? 
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The highlighted text contains alliteration, which is the repetition of consonant sounds in successive words.Why do authors use literary devices such as this in their writing? 
The highlighted text contains examples of direct characterization of the Judge. We find out, directly, that he does not scare easily, has dark red hair, a hooked nose, and yellow irises. 
In the picture below, the hats that the men are wearing are both Panama hats. (This annotation contains an image)
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Not only does the highlighted text include a simile, it also includes direct characterization of the Judge. Choose the line that is an example of this type of characterization. 
The man below is wearing a velvet smoking jacket. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted sentence is an example of an idiom. An idiom is a popular saying that's literal meaning is different from its figurative one. Willie is not actually planning on breaking Masters' neck. 
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Using what you just learned about idioms, choose the option that is an example of an idiom. 
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What provoked the Judge to throw Willie, Jack, and Sugar-Boy out of his house? 
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What are some specific details from this chapter that indirectly characterize Jack Burden, the narrator? 
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What literary device is used in the highlighted text? 
Below is a picture of a cypress tree. (This annotation contains an image)
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Explain the foreshadowing at the end of this chapter. What is the narrator revealing about possible events to come? 

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Follow the link below to watch a video explaining Willie's connection to the real-life Huey Long. (This annotation contains a link)
Arteriosclerosis word is a condition where arterial walls harden or thicken, which then leads to loss of blood flow. This condition can lead to many different adverse affects in someone's body, depending on the location of the condition. 
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Choose the option that offers the best description of the highlighted idiom. 
Galluses are another way of saying suspenders.  (This annotation contains an image)
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During the conversation between these men, it is insinuated that a kickback had been given to the head of the city council. Which of the lines support this? 
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Choose the option that is NOT an example of how Lucy Stark is directly characterized. 
Notice how in the highlighted text the narrator is indirectly characterizing Willie's wife. We are learning that she is a woman that cares about the welfare of other people. 
Below is a picture of a handbill, which is a paper announcement or advertisement given out by hand. (This annotation contains an image)
The constituency is a word for the voters in a particular district. With that in mind, what is the narrator trying to say about Willie's efforts? 
Watch this video on how society viewed women during the period of time in which this novel is set and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
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Using what you know about the way that women were looked at in the 1930s, summarize what the highlighted statement most likely means. 
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You have likely noticed by now that luck is one of the themes highlighted in this chapter. Do you believe that the events in Willie's recent past can be attributed to luck? Be sure to cite evidence to support your answer. 
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In the highlighted text, the narrator is speaking about Willie's luck and his rise to power as a local hero. Which of the following events sparked this development for Willie? 
It's interesting to note that Willie studied law before seeking out a career in politics. 
This refers to a primary as a preliminary election to appoint delegates to a party. 
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The votes for the Democratic candidates were split. MacMurfee was supported by ___________ folk, and Harrison was supported by ___________ folk. 
Below is an explanation of a yearly oratorical contest. (This annotation contains a link)
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If Willie had acted less like a man who had been appointed by God, what would he have been more likely to have realized? 
The Gettysburg Address was Abraham Lincoln's most famous speech. This is the second time we've seen Stark compared to Lincoln.  
An affront is an open insult. 
The article below deals with the tax issues plaguing Des Moines. While reading, consider what these issues have to do with the current plot events in this novel. (This annotation contains a link)
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What do the article and novel have in common with one another? 
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Choose the option that is NOT an example of how Sadie is characterized. 
Below is a picture of a woolly mastodon, which is a large prehistoric creature. (This annotation contains an image)
Montgomery, Alabama has been dubbed the Cradle of the Confederacy because it was the epicenter of the confederate movement during the late 1850s. This term is being used in this novel as an allusion so that the reader gets the point that the narrator is trying to make; he is saying that Willie is such a bad candidate that he could not beat Abraham Lincoln in a Confederate state. 
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The highlighted text contains which of the following literary devices? 
Below is a picture of a typewriter from the 1930s. (This annotation contains an image)
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What has prompted Willie to act in this way? 
The highlighted word means to be cheerful. 
Below is a 1930s ad for cigarettes. (This annotation contains an image)
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In what ways does Sadie differ from Lucy?  
In calling Willie "the little white lamb of God," Sadie is comparing Willie to Jesus as a sacrificial figure. Note that she is doing this sarcastically.  
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In using the highlighted metaphors to describe Willie, what is the speaker trying to tell Willie about the election?Be sure to not only explain what the metaphors mean, but also interpret what the speaker is revealing to Willie. 
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Why has Jack decided to tell Sadie that Lucy is Jack's wife? 
The man below is wearing a seersucker suit. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Jack seeing in Sadie?  
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What caused Willie's hangover? 
A martyr is someone who willingly suffers for the benefit of a cause. 
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Choose the best definition of the highlighted word. 
The highlighted text is an idiom meaning that he is at his limit. 
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Why has Willie turned on Duffy? 
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Using contextual clues, choose the best explanation for the highlighted text. 
Throughout this novel, you will notice that Willie's choice in speech-making often leans toward details that have the potential to anger its listeners. This way of speaking often benefits Willie, though, as he knows how to work a crowd. 
Watch the video below of the speech you have just read and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
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How did you think the movie version of the speech compared to the written one? Is this how you pictured Willie's speaking style? 
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Why do you think Warren chose to use this word in the novel? If he were writing the novel today instead of in 1946, do you think he would have made the same choice? 
The highlighted text contains a great deal of vivid imagery. From the color of the sun to the sound of the streetcars, the narrator is attempting to paint a picture of the current scene. 
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Analyze the two times that "the Great Sleep had come" for Jack. What do these two instances have in common? 
Speakeasies were bars that illegally sold alcohol during the years of Prohibition. (This annotation contains an image)
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Explain how you are able to infer that Jack's view of how Anne spends her time is less than complimentary. Why do you think that he would he feel this way? 
Dago red is an Italian homemade wine. Dago is an offensive slur to reference Italians.  
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The highlighted text contains a simile. How would you describe the meaning behind this comparison within the context of their dialogue?  
Rip Van Winkle is the story of a man who falls asleep for decades. Jack is saying that he could sleepwalk his way through life. These seem to be the thoughts of a depressed man.  
In the 1930s, an average annual income of $2500 was proposed. 
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Why do you think the narrator makes this annual income sound less than satisfactory, given the proposed annual income during that time period? 

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It is interesting to understand that this is one of the only instances that one of Jack's mother's husbands are named in the novel. 
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How does Jack's mom feel about him working for Willie? 
Pin money was a small clothing allowance a woman was given by her husband. 
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Warren chose to give Jack's mother's husbands nicknames, as opposed to actually naming them, because 
The highlighted word, as you may be able to tell using context clues, means to be motionless, due to a lack of wind. 
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Compare and contrast Lois and Anne. What do you think that Jack gets from both of these relationships?  
Below is a picture of the Congressional Medal of Honor. This is most likely the medal that Jack is speaking of in the highlighted text. This medal is one of the highest honors that the U.S. military gives out to its distinguished soldiers. (This annotation contains an image)
Below is a picture of a ballista, which is the contraption that the Judge is playing with at the table. (This annotation contains an image)
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What does the incident with the ballista reveal about the Judge's character? 
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What does the idiom "it all boils down to this" mean? 
The reference of Willie having a tail and cloven hoof is an allusion to Satan. Jack is making a joke about the way that many people see Willie as a political menace.  
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By way of this conversation, what do we learn about Jack's political views? 
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The highlighted text contains examples of which literary devices? 
Below is a picture of a bead portiere. (This annotation contains an image)
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How would you best describe the Boss' tone in this conversation? 
The highlighted text contains an idiom. To "knock off somebody" actually means to kill them. 
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Based upon Mr. White's body language, explain whether or not he believes in the decision he is making. 
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Did Willie treat Byram justly? What does this reveal about Willie's character? 
The 1930s was a time when there were many new government programs to try to ease the effects of the Great Depression.  
Watch the below video to listen to Fleming and Pavarotti sing 'The Sextet from Lucia.' (This annotation contains a video)
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Who is Byram White? 
Follow the link below to watch a short video about synonyms and antonyms. (This annotation contains a link)
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Choose the option that offers the best antonym for the highlighted word. 
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Who is Sugar-Boy? 
The video below offers a brief biography of former President Richard Nixon. While watching, consider how his time in office relates to Willie's. (This annotation contains a video)
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Based on the information that you learned about Richard Nixon from the video, and what you know about Willie's character, how are the alike? How are they different? 
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Why has the author chosen to capitalize the highlighted word? In doing this, what point is he trying to make about what is currently taking place in the novel? 
Below is a picture of a sword with its parts labeled. (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz #1 

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Read the Bible verse from the annotation below and answer the following question:How does the Bible verse serve to take some of the blame away from Willie and his actions?  
Read the excerpt from the Bible. As you read, relate Willie's words to this verse, considering how the two compare to one another. (This annotation contains a link)
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What does the highlighted text reveal about Jack's character during his University days?  
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Why is the highlighted text placed between quotation marks? 
Antebellum refers to the period in time before the American Civil War.  (This annotation contains an image)
A cotton snob is the opposite of a Southern gentleman. He is most often a man of agriculture who lacks breeding and prides himself on the ill treatment of others. Often times, a cotton snob lacks a sufficient education. 
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What does the simile in the highlighted text reveal about Gilbert? 
Theology is the study of religion. 
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Who is being referred to as a goddess in this paragraph? 
Venus was a goddess from Roman mythology who embodied love, beauty, and fertility.  (This annotation contains an image)
Below is a map of Mississippi, which labels Jackson and Vicksburg. (This annotation contains an image)
Jasmine is an aromatic flower that smells sweet and exotic. (This annotation contains an image)
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Based on the color wheel, what mood did Cass most likely assume Annabelle was feeling when she saw him? 
Look at the color wheel below, in order to decipher the way that Cass was interpreting Annabelle's mood. (This annotation contains an image)
The description of this event makes it clear that Duncan's death was self-inflicted. 
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Explain the hyperbole that is present within the highlighted text. 
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If you were a citizen of New Orleans in the 1800's, how do you think you would feel about the city's role in the slave trade? 
New Orleans served as the center of the slave trade in America. Boats from Africa would come straight to the port of New Orleans, and slave owners from all around the South would attend auctions there. (This annotation contains an image)
"Yellow girl" in this instance refers to a light-skinned African American. 
Follow the link below to read about the treatment of slaves during the period of time Warren is referencing.  (This annotation contains a link)
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Choose the option that offers the best synonym for the highlighted word. 
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Describe the simile used in the highlighted text. 
This is a reference to the fact that many Christians believe that suicide is a mortal sin and will result in an afterlife spent in Hell.  
Use the Define feature to look up "passel." What does it mean?  
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Why does Cass refuse to kill another man while fighting in the war? 
Braxton Bragg letting the Union retreat after the Battle of Chickamauga made him one of the most hated men of the Civil War.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Explain your opinion about the question below.Consider, using the thoughts presented in the Cass Mastern Episode article, your thoughts about the need for this part of the novel. Was it necessary for the narrator to include information about Cass Mastern? Be sure to use evidence to support your point. 
Read the first two paragraphs of the article below, which discusses the inclusion of the story of Cass Mastern in this part of the novel. While reading, consider your thoughts on the topic being discussed. (This annotation contains a link)

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Using textual evidence, argue the point that Jack has become indispensable to Willie. 
Oftentimes, authors use colors as symbolic features in their writing. Here, the author uses the color yellow to reference the physical degeneration of the aging Judge, and also to foreshadow the demise of this character. 
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Why do you think that the author choose to include this passage from the Bible in this portion of the text? 
Below is a picture of a berth, which is a stationary bed. (This annotation contains an image)
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Throughout most of the highlighted text, what type of characterization is the narrator using to introduce George? 
The highlighted text contains an example of direct characterization. The narrator is directly telling the reading what George looks like. 
Below is a 1930s advertisement for Hershey's Cocoa. (This annotation contains an image)
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You may have noticed that the highlighted text contains quite a bit of repetition, along with a lack of sentence breaks (using end marks). With that in mind, explain your thoughts about this writing style. What effect does it have on the plot and the reader's comprehension? Also, why do you think that the author chose to write in this way? 
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What literary device is being used in the highlighted text? 
The picture below includes a paint can full of arsenic green paint. (This annotation contains an image)
The space in the picture below is considered an embrasure. (This annotation contains an image)
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Use what Jack is saying about Anne, along with the annotations about Gwyn and Pompadour, to explain his feelings toward her. You may also consider using details from the rest of the text for support. 
Madame de Pompadour was the official mistress of France's Louis XV.  (This annotation contains an image)
Nell Gwyn was the longtime mistress to King Charles II of England and Scotland.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Using context clues, along with the Define feature, to form a definition for the highlighted word. Next, choose the option from below that offers the best synonym for this word. 
The highlighted text can be described to mean that the speaker is getting nervous, under pressure, etc. With that in mind, can you picture the way that he looks right now? 
The highlighted text contains a simile. The sea's movements are being compared to the way a dog shakes. 
A Svengali is someone who has the power to mesmerize others. 
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For what reason are some of the lines in this and the previous paragraph italicized? 
According to Wikipedia, "Harper's Weekly (A Journal of Civilization) was an American political magazine based in New York. Published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 until 1916, it featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects, and humor, alongside illustrations." (This annotation contains an image)
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Choose the option that best explains the hyperbole in the highlighted text. 
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In making the highlighted statement, what is Jack saying about his feelings toward Judge Irwin? 
"Washed in the Blood" is another Biblical allusion. It refers to the idea that a person is cleansed of his/her sins by way of Jesus Christ's blood.  
Below is a picture of Savannah, GA. (This annotation contains an image)
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Since we know that the narrator is not actually sinking a crowbar into something, what is he really trying to convey with the highlighted words? Once you have summarized this text, also explain what these words might foreshadow (hint to the reader). 
A royalty is a sum of money paid to someone for the use of their patent. (This annotation contains a link)
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What do you think the guess that Jack will make about this man is? How does this relate to the bigger picture of this novel? 
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Why would Jack want to find Lily Mae Littlepaugh? 
The highlighted text is a hyperbole. The character being discussed did not actually give years to the company. Actually, the narrator is using exaggeration to make his point about the number of years that the character worked hard at a job. 
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What effect does the lack of end punctuation have on the mood created by this portion of the text? If you are unsure about mood as a plot element, watch the video in the annotation below this question. 
The video below discusses tone and mood. (This annotation contains a video)
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What is so important about the highlighted statement made by Jack? How does this statement shed light on the shift in Jack's character? 
Perjury is when you purposefully lie in court after you are under oath. Perjury is punished with a fine and/or by imprisonment.  
Below is an advertisement for a photostat, which is a primitive photocopy machine. (This annotation contains an image)
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What makes the information that Jack just received from Ms. LIttlepaugh so valuable? 

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Watch the video below to learn about foreshadowing. (This annotation contains a video)
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What do you think is being foreshadowed in the highlighted conversation? 
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With relation to what you have learned about argumentum ad hominem,  explain the highlighted words spoken by Willie. Is his argument worthy of merit, or can his actions still fall under the named fallacy? 
Argumentum ad hominem is when an argument is rejected on the basis of its relevancy.  
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Re-read the highlighted text, then choose the literary element/device that is NOT used in this passage. 
Why might the author have chosen to capitalize "Success" and "Failure" in the highlighted text? What does this add to the passage? 
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What does the simile in the highlighted text reveal about the character being described? 
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What literary device is being used in the highlighted text? 
The picture below shows a scene that looks much like what Jack may have seen on his trip to Memphis, TN. (This annotation contains an image)
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Summarize Jack's view of "Life" from the highlighted text. Do you think that Willie would agree with Jack's assertions? 
Below is a gardenia. (This annotation contains an image)
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For what reason does the narrator use repetition in the highlighted text? 
The highlighted text contains a simile. What is a simile, again? 
The highlighted text contains a few instances of onomatopoeia. The formation of the word 'thump' creates a sound much like its original word. If you say it out loud, doesn't it sound like what a thump sounds like? Likewise, say the word 'slap.' Does it sound like what an actual slap sounds like? 
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For what purpose does the narrator spell-out the word 'quaint'? 
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Why do you think that Anne is being emphatic about Jack making Adam take the directorship job? 
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What other character would agree with this sentiment? 
What does the narrator mean by these words? What sentiment is he attempting to convey? 
At this point in the story, we see Jack using his position, much like Willie does, to get something that benefits him. This is new for his character because he usually works for the greater good of Willie, not his own. 
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Considering the use of a banderilla, choose the word that best describes the interaction between Anne and Jack. 
The picture below includes two banderillas. These items are used to thrust into the neck and shoulders of a bull during a bull fight. (This annotation contains an image)
The picture below is a 1930s Cadillac. (This annotation contains an image)
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Using what you know about Svengali (from an annotation in Ch. 5), explain the incongruity in the statement below."You must be Svengali." 
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Relate Friar Lawrence's words, in the excerpt from Romeo and Juliet, to Willie's explanation of the how good is created. How do the concepts/ideas relate? How do they differ? 
The link below takes you to an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet. In this excerpt, Friar Lawrence is in his garden picking flowers and weeds. While doing so, he mentions (to himself) the use of such vegetation. Read this excerpt, paying close attention to lines 19-24, and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a link)
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Please consider the answer to these questions. When crafting your answers, be sure to use solid textual evidence. 
Did you notice that the highlighted text offers a great deal of imagery? Can you picture the scene? 
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Other than the fact that Willie is speaking from the Bible, what other characteristic is the narrator's way of making Willie a God-like figure? 
The highlighted text contains an allusion to the Bible. In Judges 15:8 of the King James Version, similar wording is used. 
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What literary device is used int he highlighted text? 
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At this point in the novel, why is Sadie angry with Willie? 
A nymph is a minor deity from mythology. They are associated with nature and beauty. 
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What information has Jack just learned, which has upset him? 
Watch the video below to learn more about theme. (This annotation contains a video)
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Which of the following choices is one of the main themes in the novel? 

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Where is Jack headed? 
Gene Autry was an entertainer most famous for being a singing cowboy. (This annotation contains an image)
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How have Jack's emotions changed throughout the novel? Use the personification in the highlighted text as part of your answer. 
Below is a map of California. Notice the location of Long Beach. (This annotation contains an image)
Below is a picture of a hassock. (This annotation contains an image)
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What event in the novel has spurred Jack's nostalgic look back at his twenty-first summer? 
How does Warren use imagery here to show us that Jack loves Anne? 
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How have Jack's recollections of Anne changed in this chapter? 
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Explain the metaphor in the highlighted text. 
Below is a picture of a phonograph. (This annotation contains an image)
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What is the narrator saying about the nature of falling in love?  
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What is Jack revealing about his and Anne's relationship when they were younger? 
Below is a picture of a roadster. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted text contains alliteration, which is the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of successive words. 
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What literary device is used in the highlighted text? 
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The mood in this chapter can best be described as 
Below is a picture of a batiste. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why do you think Jack changed his mind? What was it about the memory of Anne floating in the water that impacted him so much? 
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Throughout the novel, it's clear that Jack lives in the past. Why is this the case for this character? 
Below is a picture of dominoes. (This annotation contains an image)
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The narrator is giving his reader a peek into why Anne never married him. What is it about Jack that turned her away from him? 
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What led to the demise of Jack and Lois's marriage? 
The highlighted word's definition is a word or expression capable of two interpretations. 
Watch the clip below, which deals with the same subject-matter. While doing so, notice that in this instance, Anne Stanton is included. Consider why the director might choose this conversation, over Jack simply telling the story of his marriage's dissolution. (This annotation contains a link)
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Why do you suppose that the director of the movie chose to include this information (the dissolution of Jack's marriage) as a conversation between Lois and Jack, as opposed to having Jack simply relay the information in a narrative, as the novel does? 
Daniel Boone was an American pioneer and explorer. (This annotation contains an image)
Marie Antoinette was born into Austrian royalty and was the Queen of France until she was beheaded at the start of the French Revolution. (This annotation contains an image)
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Much of this novel is told in flashback. What does Jack mean in the highlighted text? How does it relate to the novel's significant events and theme? 
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What is Jack hoping to find in the West? 

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Below is a picture of a white stucco bungalow. (This annotation contains an image)
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Using context clues, as well as the Define feature, choose the best definition for the highlighted word. 
A lobectomy is when one lobe of the lungs is surgically removed.  
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The highlighted line contains verbal irony. Knowing this fact and the sentence's meaning, craft a definition for this term. 
This is another Biblical allusion. Saul was on his way to Damascus to arrest Jesus' followers when he was struck down for three days by a vision of Jesus. 
Lobotomies were more common in those days. They were thought to be a cure for mental illness, but we now know that the only thing they did was produce severe brain damage. 
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At this point in the novel, what implications does the highlighted fact have on the plot of the story? Make a prediction about what is to come in the novel's plot. 
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What point is Jack trying to make in the highlighted text? 
Java is another word for coffee. (This annotation contains an image)
A leghorn is a type of chicken. (This annotation contains an image)
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Since the Define feature does not truly define this word, use context clues to choose a feasible definition for the highlighted word. 
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How is Marvin Frey significant to this story's plot? 
Below is a picture of a stereoscope, which is a tool used to view pictures. (This annotation contains an image)
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What do you think of this statement, considering the events currently taking place within the novel? 
Below is a trellis of honeysuckle. (This annotation contains an image)
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What event brought about this theory of Jack's? 
The video below teaches you about dramatic irony. (This annotation contains a video)
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The highlighted statement dramatically ironic. Knowing this, along with what you know about the events of the novel, choose the option that best describes this irony. 
A vortex is a spinning mass that pulls things into its center. 
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Who is this man and how is he significant to the novel's plot? 
The highlighted sentence is a good example of alliteration.  
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What event, if it had not occurred, could have ensured that these words would have never been spoken? 
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Choose the best explanation for the highlighted text. 
Use the Define feature to look up the word "executor." 

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What might the highlighted lines be foreshadowing? What experience, which is "merely a chapter in another bigger story," may be coming next? 
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Who is Sibyl Frey, and why does she care so much about her "business"? 
Kickbacks are payments given with the intent to influence or gain something from someone. 
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What facts in this chapter makes it clear that Duffy is out for himself, not Willie's best interests? 
This phrase was spoken by Roman Emperor Vespasian, who ruled between 69-79 AD. The urine collected from public urinals was sold and used in several products sold to the public. Vespasian imposed a Urine Tax on the collection of this urine. Apparently, Vespasian’s son, Titus, spoke of the disgust that he felt over the nature of this tax. In response, Vespasian asked his son if the smell of the money collected disgusted him. His son’s response was, “No.” To that, Vespasian responded with, “Yet it comes from urine.” Still today, we use the phrase Pecunia non olet to mean that the value of money is not ruined by where it comes from. 
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In what way(s) does Vespasian compare to Stark? Be sure to use explicit evidence from the text in your answer. 
In the highlighted text, the narrator seeks to help the reader to picture the scene. In your mind, what does Tiny look like at this point? 
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For what purpose might the narrator be referencing a play at this point in the novel? 
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Make an inference as to what Jimmy assumes that Stark wants to say to him? Why might he feel this way? 
The picture below illustrates traditional high school uniforms from the 1920s. They look much different from the modern American uniforms of today. (This annotation contains an image)
Sorghum molasses is created using Sorghum Cane and is sweeter than standard molasses. The main states that this cane is grown are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee. (This annotation contains an image)
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What inference can you make as to the reason for Sadie's current state of mind? 
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Explain the allusion in the highlighted text. 
Football head injuries are only recently being recognized as a major concern. The linked article discusses President Obama hosting a summit to discuss this problem.  (This annotation contains a link)
Anachronistic means something that is not in its correct historical time period, usually a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time. 
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Who has been assigned to take care of Tom at the hospital? 
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Lucy foreshadowed this event in Chapter Six. How was it made true by Willie's actions? 
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How did Tom break his neck? 
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What makes the proposed operation so radical? 
The highlighted text contains an oxymoron. How can something that is still annihilate something? With that in mind, what do you think is the definition of oxymoron? 
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Changing the name of this hospital signals a shift in Willie's character. Choose the option that best describes this shift. 
How do you think Tom's paralysis will effect the family? 
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In what way do the highlighted words serve as a way to encapsulate Jack's take on life. Also, how has this statement served to drive many of the decisions that he has made throughout his life? 
For the first time in the novel, Jack feels a sense of calm, which is not something that he has felt very often in his life. We know this because of his flashbacks. 
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Explain the verbal irony present in the highlighted line. 
Watch the video below to learn more about verbal irony. (This annotation contains a video)
Reference this diagram of plot structure and then answer the question below.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What events in this chapter give you the sense that we are approaching the climax of the novel? 
Sardonic is another word for cynical. 
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What news has prompted Jack to begin searching for Adam? 
The highlighted text contains an idiom which means that there was not anything that held-up the passing of the tax bill. 
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Using context clues, choose the option that best describes the highlighted idiom. 
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Why do you think that Warren elected to have Willie die "on a clean, white, antiseptic bed" as opposed to the marble floor of the Capitol building? 
Below is a picture of a .25-caliber revolver, the gun that Adam used to kill Willie Stark. (This annotation contains an image)
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There are many similarities between Huey's and Willie's deaths. After watching the video below, choose the option below that includes one difference between the two. 
The video below chronicles Huey Long's assassination. while watching, consider how it relates to Willie's. (This annotation contains a video)
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Choose the most incriminating reason for Adam's decision to kill Willie. 
The highlighted text contains verbal irony because Jack fully knows that Willie in fact had done things to hurt Adam. Not only did Willie sleep with Adam's sister, he also hired Adam for his own personal gain. 
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Know what you know about the differences between Willie and Adam, explain the significance of the highlighted statement. Why would the author choose to place it at the end of this chapter? 

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Other than the fact that Willie had died, why did Jack go to Burden's Landing? 
It is interesting to note that, in the above paragraph, Jack is taking much (if not all) of the blame for the deaths of Adam and Willie. Do you think that this fair? 
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What literary device is used in the highlighted text? 
A sanatorium was a place for treating long-term illnesses, like tuberculosis. Sanatoriums were generally more like health resorts for the wealthy than hospitals.  (This annotation contains an image)
Medusa was a figure from Greek mythology who had living snakes instead of hair. Looking into her eyes would turn you into stone. (This annotation contains an image)
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Using the Define feature, learn the definition for the highlighted word. Next, choose the option that offers the best synonym for this word. 
Why is Anne so mad?  
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What reason does Sadie give for telling Tiny about Anne and Willie's relationship? 
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Using details from the novel, explain Tiny's part in Willie's death.  
In making this statement, what is revealed about her outlook on the world? 
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What is Jack attempting to explain to Tiny with the highlighted metaphor? 
In order to get something notarized, you must seek out a notary. He/she looks over the document and gives his/her seal and signature, in order to legalize the document as being genuine. 
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In comparing Anne to Joan of Arc, Sadie is using a metaphor and a/an ________________. 
Watch the short video below about Joan of Arc so you can better understand this comparison.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The highlighted paragraph includes commentary by Jack that mentions an epiphany. What is Jack beginning to realize?  
The highlighted text contains a simile. What two things are being compared? What does this comparison add to the plot? 
This is one of the first times in the novel that the reader is able to read about Sugar-Boy and his feelings. Although he was referenced throughout the novel, his true character was rarely revealed. Why do you think that this is so? 
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During the conversation between Jack and Sugar-Boy, what do we learn (indirectly) about Sugar-Boy's character that we did not know before this time in the novel? 
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Sugar-Boy explains that he admired the way that Willie __________________. 
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What came of Sibyl Frey's child? 
The lack of punctuation adds to the effect that the narrator is trying to convey. Often times, a lack of punctuation is stream of consciousness that helps the reader to understand the thought process of the speaker/narrator. 
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What does the repetition of the word 'mess' add to the point that the speaker is attempting to make? 
Often authors use colors to symbolize and/or foreshadow a key fact/event in a story. Remember when we pointed out that yellow was being uised to symbolize the Judge's decay? With that in mind, what might the black smoke signal to the reader? 
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What mood is present within this portion of the text? 
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Consider the words in the paragraph above. Considering these words and their meaning, decide how the narrator would react to the following quote by Buddha:"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." 
The advertisement below is for a popular brand of cigarettes during the '20s. Cigarette ads were very popular during that era. At that time, it was not widely publicized that cigarettes were so bad for a person's health. (This annotation contains an image)
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Throughout this novel, Jack explores the idea of truth, history, past, and present. In the highlighted statement, Jack says, "The truth gave the past back to me." How has his view of the truth changed throughout the novel? Also, what does he mean when he says that the past has been returned to him? 
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One of the novel's themes is a debate between good vs evil. How do these words spoken by the Scholarly Attorney relate to Willie's argument about the roles of good and evil in our existence? 
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Explain Jack's comments about "a man's virtue." How did both Jack and Willie adhere to this philosophy throughout the novel? 
Use the Define feature to look up the word virtue. 
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Why do Jack and Anne decide to leave Burden's Landing? 
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