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For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

Curriculet Details
113 Questions
99 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 9th and 10th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining theme, idioms, and setting. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about allusions and diction. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of characterization, figurative language, and plot. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Epigraph

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. Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 

Prologue

Authors use figurative language and vivid descriptive words to create imagery. Imagery is a picture created in the reader's mind through the purposeful use of words. The highlighted passage creates a picture for the reader. Watch this video to learn more! (This annotation contains a video)
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What simile is used to describe Christian's hand? 

Chapter 1 - Looking for Midas

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List three descriptive phrases that help create imagery in this passage. 
Tucker can't go through grieving process until he can accept the loss of Midas. He's still in a state of denial; he can't accept the loss until he has proof that it has truly occurred. Read more about grief in the link below. (This annotation contains a link)
One of the themes in Unearthly (the book before this one in the series) is the battle that occurs between good and evil. Watch the video below to learn more about theme and then keep an eye on whether or not this theme will continue in this book.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What alerts Clara to the presence of bad angels? 
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Use the define function to see the meanings for the word 'fiasco.' How do these definitions relate to the way the word is used in the paragraph? 
"An eyelash away" is an idiom related to "within a hair's breadth" and means almost the same thing. Miss Colbert is obviously not standing quite that close to Clara. 
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What "rare gift" has Clara received with which she isn't really very happy? 
The Book of Enoch contains a section of several chapters on the fallen angels. The attached video is a bit lengthier than usual, but it is important because it relates The Book of Enoch to several pieces of classical literature you may encounter later in your academic career. (This annotation contains a video)
"Eats like a bird" is an idiom meaning someone eats very little. (This annotation contains an image)
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How have the Invisibles changed? 

Chapter 2 - First Rule of Angel Club

This is hyperbole, an exaggeration not meant to be taken literally. Mr. Phibbs is not actually killing her. 
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Why hasn't Clara considered her future before? 
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Which of the following is a simile that occurs in the highlighted text? 
"Spill the beans" is an idiom meaning to tell a secret.  (This annotation contains an image)
Touchy-feely is a way of describing someone who is very empathetic and sympathetic to others.  
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What theory has Angela developed about the Black Wings? 
The first section of The Book of Enoch, in which this text originates, is called The Book of the Watchers.  
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Which Black Wing appears in The Book of Enoch? 
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What figurative language and descriptive words are used to create the creepy mood in this passage? 
The mood is the feeling that the text gives the reader. What feeling do you get in this paragraph? Watch the video below to learn more about mood.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 3 - Other People’s Secrets

This is called a rhetorical question. The answer is known to everyone, so the question itself serves as an answer. 
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Which word best describes this situation where everything is so unreal? 
"The wheels turning" is an idiom for the thinking process. Clara can tell her mother is thinking through her answer before voicing it.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What important information does Clara learn about an angel-blood's purpose? 
"To keep someone in the dark" is an idiom meaning to keep secrets or information from someone. Throughout the first novel and this one, Clara's mother keeps things from her.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What reasons might Clara's mother have for keeping secrets? 
The secrets people keep and why they keep them is one of the themes of this story. The secrets are such a dominant part of the plot, it is almost like they are a character in the story. 
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What type of figurative language appears in this passage? 
This is an example of alliteration. Alliteration is when the beginning consonant sound is repeated. This video explains alliteration in an entertaining way. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 4 - Freaking Out

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What problem is Clara having with visions and dreams? 
"Riding off into the sunset" is a commonly-used trope (a word, phrase, language, or image used to convey an unexpected meaning). Unfortunately, this trope has been overused and is a little tired. Typically this trope was used at the end of a cowboy movie when the hero had solved all the problems. The setting sun is symbolic of the end of the story.  (This annotation contains an image)
"Eyes like saucers" is an idiom that conveys that someone is scared or shocked. The eyes tend to widen when someone is frightened or surprised. (This annotation contains an image)
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Use the define function for the word 'fumble.' How does the use of this word help convey how Clara is feeling? 
David Blaine is a street magician. One of his tricks is hovering. The video shows several examples of him performing this trick. (This annotation contains a video)
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How is Christian's vision different from the girls' visions? 
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Use the define function to find the meaning of the word 'vain.' What word is an antonym for the word as used in this passage? 
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What does Christian share with Clara? 
Once again, the author has used a real place to add authenticity to the story. Aspen Hill Cemetery contains 185 graves. The cemetery dates back to the 1800s. The description given on the website echoes what Christian says about the cemetery being part of the forest. Aspen Hill is extremely grassy and blends in with the local surroundings. (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter 5 - Find Me a Dream

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Why did the Watchers join Satan and the other Black Wings? 
There has been research to find evidence of a flood of Biblical proportions. Researchers have found stories of a great flood in other works besides the Bible, and this has led to a theory that some type of flooding event may have occurred. (This annotation contains a video)
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What words in this passage add to the peaceful feeling that Clara is experiencing? 
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What does Tucker's release of the fish for a second time illustrate about his character? 
This is a moment of foreshadowing. Something bad is going to happen to ruin their happiness. Learn more about foreshadowing below.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What news does Angela have for Clara? 
The trees helped Clara find Wyoming, and now, trees have helped Angela identify the location where she will fulfill her purpose. (This annotation contains an image)
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Who is Margot Whitfield? 
Woodstock was a concert held in New York which drew thousands of youth. Woodstock came to symbolize the backlash against the cultural norms of that time period. There was also an anti-war element to the movement, a protest against the Vietnam War.  (This annotation contains a link)
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What is Clara trying to discover in her vision? 
White roses generally are for happy occasions, weddings for example, but a single rose of any color symbolizes devotion. 

Chapter 6 - Sooner or Later

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What has Clara decided about the future? 
Edward Cullen is the glittery vampire in the Twilight series of books. He watches over Bella, the protagonist, regularly.  (This annotation contains an image)
"Burning the candle at both ends" is an idiom meaning that someone is trying to do too much at once.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Clara's home life compare/contrast to Tucker's? 
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What information about the fires surprises Clara? 
This is a line from the song "Amazing Grace," a very well known hymn. The video is LeAnn Rimes singing this hymn. (This annotation contains a video)
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What do Clara and the Black Wings currently have in common? 
"Hazard a guess" is an idiom meaning make a guess. The hazard portion of the idiom comes from playing dice where players would hazard or make a bet. 

Chapter 7 - Go Take a Hike

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Which word best describes Anna's character in this passage? 
"Written in the stars" is an idiom meaning that something is destined to happen.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Use the define function. Which of the definitions best fits with the use of the word 'monotonous' in this sentence? 
The use of onomatopoeia with the word 'barks' help the reader hear the type of laughter. 
Sacagawea was a Native American woman who acted as a guide for Lewis and Clark as they explored the frontiers of the United States. Her image appears on a gold dollar coin.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Given how the idiom "knee high to a grasshopper" is used in the text, what is the best choice for its meaning? 
The definition for towheaded says that it is light blond and looks like tow. Tow is a fiber like flax or hemp. The picture gives you a better idea of what the color might look like.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Angela become upset with Christian? 
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What misconception did Christian have about his first meeting with Clara? 
"Idiots love company" is an intentional paraphrase of the idiom "misery loves company," which means unhappy people like being around other unhappy people.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz #1 

Chapter 8 - Summer Without Crickets

According to The Book of Enoch, Asael, like Samjeeza, was a Watcher. He taught humans the art of making weapons and war. For this, he was bound and tossed into the darkness and would only see the light again on Judgement Day.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Use the define function for the word 'crones.' Does this word really fit Billy and Maggie? Why or why not? 
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What does Jeffrey seem to enjoy most about the congregation? 
"On cloud nine" is an idiom meaning that someone is the happiest he or she has ever been. When you are on cloud nine, you could not be any happier. (This annotation contains an image)
"Here's the skinny" is a slang expression dating from World War II. During the war, the US Marine Corps used paper that was as thin as onion skin to print official instructions. The paper was called skinny, and eventually, so was the information printed on it. "Here's the skinny" came to mean "here's the important information." 
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What makes Angela believe that Clara's mother is special? 
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What does Angela mean when she says that secrecy is part of being an angel-blood? 
The brown on the pure white roses symbolizes death and decay.  
Driving someone "loony tunes" is an allusion to a popular cartoon series of crazy characters. Clara is driving herself crazy. (This annotation contains an image)
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What seems to be missing from the perfect summer created for the congregation? 

Chapter 9 - Paradise Lost

CliffNotes and SparkNotes are two brands of notes for classical literature. They contain summaries of chapters, lists of characters, explanations of literary devices, and other useful information for students. They cannot be used in place of reading the actual text because they don't contain all the important plot details from the text. Have you ever used Cliffsnotes or Sparknotes before? 
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Use the define function for the word. Which definition best fits how the word is used by Mr. Phibbs? 
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Why does Angela ask Mr. Phibbs about his age? 
John Milton, author of Paradise Lost, lived from 1608 to 1674. He wrote during a period of political and religious upheaval in England. Watch the video below for more information about John Milton.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What happened the last time Clara began to feel like this? 
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What type of figurative language occurs in this sentence? 
This is another example of hyperbole - extreme exaggeration. Tucker's parents aren't literally going to kill him. Learn more about hyperbole below! (This annotation contains a video)
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What clue tells Clara that her mother knows she's been out all night? 
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What concerns Clara's mother most about her being out all night? 
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What does Angela want to do after school? 
This is another example of hyperbole or over-exaggeration. Angela did not literally try to rip his head off. 
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Why does Christian look puzzled by the roughhousing? 
A "paper trail" is an idiom for the paperwork or research that shows a series of events. Angela has been researching the lives of known angel-bloods by following the documentation of their lives (birth certificates, marriage certificates, news stories, death certificates, etc.). 
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How long can angel-bloods live? 
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What symptoms has Clara's mother been suffering? 
This is an example of euphemism. Euphemism is using a mild form of expression for something unpleasant. There are many polite phrases for death: passed on, departed, faded away, deceased, gone to heaven, met the maker, etc. We also have some that aren't very polite: dead as a doornail, pushing up daisies, kicked the bucket, etc. (This annotation contains an image)
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What theme is being conveyed in this passage? 
"Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound" was one of the hallmarks of Superman, as illustrated in this video.  (This annotation contains a video)
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How do the reactions of Christian and Tucker differ? 

Chapter 10 - The Absence of Certainty

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What decision is Clara considering? 
There is some irony to Clara working on Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle while everything in her life is so uncertain. This also follows along with the title of the chapter. (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Clara most want to know? 
This is a minced oath, a type of euphemism. Minced oaths are used to avoid bad language. "For crying out loud" is a minced oath for "for Christ's sake."  
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Use the define function for the word 'hounding.' How does the meaning of the word reflect how Tucker is behaving? 
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What does Christian urge Clara to try? 
Ski patrol is a team that provides emergency medical and rescue services to participants of snow sports.  (This annotation contains an image)
"Yard sale" is skier slang for losing skis and poles during a fall.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What word best describes Tucker's reaction to Christian being with Clara? 
"The real deal" can be classified as either an idiom or slang. The meaning is that something or someone lives up to a reputation and seems to be authentic.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Clara surprise herself? 

Chapter 11 - Storm’s Coming

Along with symbolizing purity, white roses also symbolize new beginnings. Clara's mother mentioned that death wasn't an ending. 
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What figurative language and words are used to create the imagery in this paragraph? 
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With whom is Samjeeza angry? 
Circles are often used to symbolize unity, wholeness, and infinity.  
"Keep your chin up" is an idiom meaning that Clara should be brave in the face of obstacles.  (This annotation contains an image)
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To what storm is Billy referring? 

Chapter 12 - Don’t Drink and Fly

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What rumor is spread about Maggie's illness? 
If you look at the definition for this word using the define function, you'll notice the word 'archaic.' Archaic means that this word is no longer used. We now use the word tragic instead of tragical. 
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Why is Wendy so anxious about the mail? 
Typically, the size of the letter received from the college is a pretty good indicator of whether an applicant has gotten in or not. Rejection letters are usually only one sheet long. Acceptance letters usually come with a multitude of additional information sheets, brochures, and letters intended to help the incoming student. 
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How does Angela know that Clara must go to Stanford? 
This an exclamation of shock that actually derives from a prayer. The text of "Hail Mary" is in the picture. (This annotation contains an image)
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What causes Angela's mother to panic? 
Just in case you don't know what spin the bottle is, here's a clip from Everybody Hates Chris in which he plays the game. (This annotation contains a video)
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What is wrong with Jeffrey? 

Chapter 13 - Go Out with a Bang

This is an allusion to the Bible. When Adam and Eve ate the apple, they became aware that they were naked and made themselves clothes from fig leaves. (This annotation contains an image)
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Where's the first spot where Clara felt Samjeeza's gaze? 
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What does Christian want from Clara? 
"I Only Have Eyes For You" is the name of a love song by The Flamingos. (This annotation contains a video)
"Being a deer caught in the headlights" is an idiom for being shocked and unable to respond. Deer often freeze in place at first when they are hit by headlights at night. (This annotation contains an image)
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For what reason does Kay believe Christian broke up with her? 
This is an example of personification. The heart, by itself, doesn't make decisions or think at all. 
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Why does Clara fail to realize that the sorrow she's feeling is Samjeeza's? 
The powder is used to help the airbag deploy effectively without sticking. The video explains other interesting facts about air bags and how they work. (This annotation contains a video)
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What new power does Clara demonstrate after the accident? 
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What is Samjeeza most curious to find out about Clara? 
"Playing into his hands" is an idiom for doing something that gives someone else an advantage. Clara feels that she's doing exactly what Samjeeza wants. 
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What two similes appear in the highlighted text? What feelings do they help convey? 
This is a good example of figurative language. Rather than use "time stands still" the author uses a much more graphic description that brings a specific image to the reader's mind.  
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What does Clara's summoning of glory illustrate about her abilities? 
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To what is Mr. Phibbs comparing Samjeeza? 
Mr. Phibbs is using a Biblical allusion to the way the fallen angels turned their backs on God and have forsaken their place in heaven as a result.  

Chapter 14 - Sing a Song of Sorrow

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What does Clara accuse her mother of doing? 
This saying may be another minced oath. The statement probably is a substitute for the oath "Hell no."  
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Why can't Samjeeza come near the house or the school? 
The first mention of holy ground in the Bible is when God, who is in the form of a burning bush, commands Moses to remove his sandals because the is standing on holy ground.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Clara share her story with Christian? 
The Federal Witness Protection Program is in place to help those who have witnessed serious crimes and are in mortal danger from the perpetrators to hide by giving them new identities. 
"Better safe than sorry" is an idiom meaning that it is better to do the safe thing now than to have something horrible happen and be sorry later. (This annotation contains an image)
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How do Angela's feelings about facing a Black Wing differ from Clara's? 
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What first alerts Clara to the presence of Samjeeza? 
This simile is an allusion to the Sirens of mythology. The Sirens were beautiful but dangerous creatures whose singing lured sailors to their deaths. The Sirens appear in The Odyssey and try to lure the Odyssey's crew away from their destination. O Brother, Where Art Thou is a modern adaptation of The Odyssey set in the South. The Sirens are three women doing laundry in the river. (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does a school being holy ground amuse Tucker? 
"Going off the deep end" is an idiom meaning that someone is acting irrationally. Jeffrey thinks Clara is acting a little crazy towards the poor dog. 
Quiz #2 

Chapter 15 - Angel on My Doorstep

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What startling gift does Clara's mother possess? 
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What does Clara's mother mean by this statement? 
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What is the most startling thing about Clara's father? 
These are the final lines of Sonnet 43 by William Shakespeare. The link shows the entire sonnet and a modern translation on the side. Basically, he is telling her how much he's missed her. His days have been dark without her, and he's happiest when he's dreaming of her. Read more below!  (This annotation contains a link)
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How does Jeffrey feel about his father showing up and the fact that he's an angel? Cite evidence from the text. 
Clara's mother mentioned the earthquake earlier when she told Clara about her "grandmother" who went to Stanford. The video below gives some good background information about the event and contains lots of photos from that time period.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What do Triplares possess that angels don't? 
This is a Biblical allusion. In the Gospel of John verse 8:32, Jesus says, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (King James Bible). Secrets and lies are a burden to the person holding them; telling the truth releases the person and sets them free.  (This annotation contains an image)
This is an allusion to the Bible. God appeared to Moses as a burning bush and presented him with the Ten Commandments. Learn more about allusions below! (This annotation contains a video)
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Why is Maggie sharing her story about Robert Turner? What lessons does she want Clara to learn from it? 
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How does Billy differ from Maggie? 
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What does Samjeeza fear? How does Clara use that fear? 
Clara's father is the archangel Michael. Michael led the fight against the forces of Satan.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How is Michael's behavior typical of most fathers with daughters? 

Chapter 16 - Square Ice-Cream Cones

"Letting the cat out of the bag" is an idiom that means that a secret has been revealed.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Angela feel when she learns that Clara's father is an angel? 
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Use the define function for the word 'haggler.' Does this descriptor seem to fit with notions of angels? 
The stream having a voice is an example of personification. Streams don't speak; people do. 
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What does Clara hope to do after her mother dies? 
Flowers are often used as symbols of hope and renewal because they are the first sign of Spring, a time of rebirth.  
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How does Michael's treatment of Christian differ from his treatment of Tucker? 
"To wax poetic" is an idiom meaning to grow or become romantic in speech. Waxing is typically used to refer to the moon as it grows towards its full stage. Clara doesn't want Christian to think that she's been speaking of him romantically.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 17 - The Part Where I Kiss You

While all the chapters have titles that give hints about the contents of the chapter, this one foreshadows major changes in the plot since Christian and Clara seem to be the focus of this chapter, and the title indicates a major shift in their relationship. 
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What impact do secrets have on Clara's relationship with Tucker?  
Putting someone "to rest" is another euphemism for death and burial.  
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What secret does Christian reveal to Clara? 
"Drop a bomb" is an idiom meaning to have shocking news announced or revealed. Clara has had more than her fair share of bombs dropped on her. A bomb is a piece of unexpected, shocking information like what Luke discovers in this Star Wars clip. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 18 - The Alternative to Me

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Why does Clara stay home from school? 
"Water under the bridge" is an idiom meaning that was has happened is in the past and no longer matters. The water that passes under a bridge is gone within moments. (This annotation contains an image)
"Plain as day" and "plain as the nose on your face" are both idioms meaning that something is very obvious and easily seen. 
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Is looking into Allison's mind ethical? 
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What item does Maggie give Clara? 
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What things do Clara and her mother have in common? 
"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree" is an idiom meaning that children usually take after their parents.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What was Maggie's purpose? 

Chapter 19 - The D-Word

Déjà vu is French for 'already seen,' and most commonly refers to the feeling that you've seen or done something before.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Billy express her sorrow at Maggie's death? 
The tradition of bringing food to the mourning family dates back thousands of years and can be found in all cultures.  
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What can't Clara do after her mother dies? 
Death rituals vary by culture. American culture has a fairly short funereal process. In other cultures, the process may take a year or more. 
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What happens with Tucker when Clara decides to share her secrets? 
"Two sides of the same coin" is an idiom meaning that two things belong together. Clara is saying that she and Christian are as one.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What role do secrets play in the fight between Tucker and Christian? 
The highlighted section contains a simile. Though you have seen many similes and metaphors throughout this text, watch the video below to make sure your knowledge about figurative language is solid.  (This annotation contains a video)
"Blow a fuse" is an idiom meaning to become very angry. The idiom probably originated with the fuses used in electrical systems. When the fuses became overloaded they would pop, or blow. To restore power, you'd have to replace the fuse.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How is Clara's situation with Christian and Tucker similar to her mother's situation with Sam and Michael? 

Chapter 20 - Loving Memory

This is yet another euphemism for death.  
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Why doesn't Tucker go to the cemetery? 
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Who gave the charm bracelet to Maggie? 
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What was Jeffrey's purpose? How did Clara interfere with it? 
A soap opera is a drama with ongoing plot lines that keep the audience involved in the story. The acting and situations in a soap opera are usually over the top melodrama. 

Chapter 21 - High Countries

"Pomp and Circumstance" by composer Edward Elgar is the traditional song for graduations. "Pomp and Circumstance" is also an idiom that means a formal ceremony.  (This annotation contains a video)
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How does Clara try to make her mother part of the graduation ceremony? 
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What fear do both Christian and Clara have about Angela's speech? 
This is one of the themes of the novel. Clara is finding that not everything is black or white (right/wrong or good/evil). There are shades of gray, middle ground. Samjeeza isn't just evil. He mourned for Clara's mother because he felt something good for her. Clara senses this in him and feels sorry for him despite everything he's done. 
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Where is Clara spending the summer before going to Stanford? 
"Strong suit" is an idiom for a talent or ability. The strong suit relates to card playing where having a certain pairing of cards of the same suit in hand makes for a strong probability of winning. "Patience is not your strong suit" means that patience isn't really something at which she excels.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How is heaven different from the realm of mortals? Cite evidence from the text. 
Quiz #3