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Dracula is an 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, featuring as its primary antagonist the vampire Count Dracula. Dracula has been attributed to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. Structurally it is an epistolary novel, that is, told as a series of diary entries and letters. Literary critics have examined many themes in the novel, such as the role of women in Victorian culture, conventional and conservative sexuality, immigration, colonialism, postcolonialism and folklore. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, the novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical and film interpretations throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. (From feedbooks.com)
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Dracula is haunting adventure book about a group of friends who are hunted by a vampire until they mobilize and start hunting him. The themes explored in this free, digital unit (written for students in grades 8 and up) include foreignness and “the other,” gender, and good versus evil. Interactive instructional videos and annotations cover topics such as the structure (epistolary) of the novel, historical and mythological references, motifs, imagery, and irony, foreshadowing, literal versus figurative language, internal and external conflict, and more. This free online curriculum contains Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes that will increase student engagement while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

Munich is a city in Germany. Vienna is a city in Austria. 
Transylvania is a historical region in the central part of Romania, bounded on the east and south by the Carpathian mountain range. 
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This book is written like  
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This sentence contains a lot of 
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What does this detail reveal about Count Dracula?  
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In your own words, please explain why Jonathan Harker has mixed feelings about taking the crucifix from the woman and why he decides to take it. This is a two-part question so make sure to answer both parts. 
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These words bring to mind things that are ________________.  
The Carpathian Mountain range: (This annotation contains an image)
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Here, Bram Stoker is describing the  
"Crazy coach" is an example of alliteration, which is the repetition of the first letter sound in a series of words. 
"Herr" means "sir" in German. 
What is the general superstition about midnight? 
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What literary device is used in the phrase "fain flickering"? 
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The howling of the wolves adds a ______________ tone to the reading.  
A caleche is a horse-drawn carriage. 
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The author's main purpose in Chapter 1 is to  

Chapter 2

Watch this video to learn about the difference between literal and figurative language: (This annotation contains a video)
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Which of the following phrases adds to the gloomy tone of the story?  
What do you think of the name Dracula? What does the name itself convey about the man called Dracula? It's an odd name to be sure, and it's suggestive of the character of its bearer. What does it suggest? 
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Which of the following statements about Dracula is FALSE?  
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Please describe Count Dracula using very descriptive language. 
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Which of the following were NOT described as sharp or pointy?  
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What does this figurative statement mean?  
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Dracula uses ________________ when he talks about the books in his library as his "companions." 
Dracula is being straight-forward here; his tone is very matter-of-fact. What "strange things" is he referring to? 
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It seems that Count Dracula is interested in  
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In your own words, please explain what the highlighted text means. 
Have you noticed how frequently the Count excuses himself from dinner with Jonathan Harker? Are you starting to wonder when and what he eats? 
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In your own words, please describe how Harker feels when Dracula is near? 
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Which of the following is NOT one of the disconcerting events that occur in the end of Chapter 2?  

Chapter 3

There are many different ways to structure a book; watch this video to learn about some of them: (This annotation contains a video)
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Jonathan Harker is starting to put together the pieces of his predicament; one of those pieces is that Dracula doesn't have any servants. What is the apparent significance of this revelation?  
Interested in history? Learn more about Attila the Hun -- a legendary king who is rumored to have been murdered by his wife on their wedding night -- by reading this: (This annotation contains a link)
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In his aside here, Jonathan Harker makes two _____________.  
Bram Stoker chose to write this book in the style of a journal, to tell the story through Jonathan Harker's journal entries. There are books told in the third person as well as books told in the first person without the feature of diary entries. Stoker could have chosen to tell the story of Dracula in another way. However, he consciously chose this journalistic style. Why? What does it add to the story? How does it impact the tone? 
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What literary device is used in the phrase "heavy hand"? 
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Count Dracula is being ______________ here.  
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This line contains which of the following literary devices?  
Dracula's hands have been referenced a few times now; his hands are becoming a motif. A motif is any recurring element that has symbolic significance in a story. Through its repetition, a motif can help produce other narrative aspects such as theme or mood.  (This annotation contains a video)
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At this point in the book, it is clear that Bram Stoker uses a lot of vivid imagery in his writing. What is he describing in this passage?  
This video will explain an important literary term: imagery. (This annotation contains a video)
There is much to be said in support of writing things down. A lot of people keep diaries because it helps them mentally or emotionally. What does Jonathan Harker get out of writing in his journal? 
Here is a recap of the Count's previous warning to Harker about the dangers of falling asleep in other rooms: "Nay, let me warn you with all seriousness, that should you leave these rooms you will not by any chance go to sleep in any other part of the castle. It is old, and has many memories, and there are bad dreams for those who sleep unwisely. Be warned!" 
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"She actually licked her lips like an animal" contains which of the following literary devices? 
It is unclear from the beginning of the scene with the women whether Jonathan Harker was recounting something that happened in sleep or in his waking hours. Do you think this was a dream or reality?  

Chapter 4

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There has been much evidence that Jonathan Harker is dealing with vampires, the least of which is this comment about the women waiting to suck his blood. Which of the following is NOT evidence that there are vampires in Harker's midst?  
There are several different types of questions that ask you to identify textual evidence; watch this video to learn more.  (This annotation contains a video)
This is a different, older spelling of the word "gypsies." A gypsy is a wanderer, someone who travels around rather than living and staying in one place. 
Dracula remarks that he can't hang out because he has too much work to do. He has said this to Jonathan Harker before. What is Dracula's job? What does he do when he goes off to work? 
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Which of the following is an accurate translation of this line?  
A mattock, pictured below, is a tool used for digging. "Spade" is another word for shovel.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following is NOT a recurring image in the book?  
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What can you infer from this detail? 
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What does this detail tell us?  
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How does Count Dracula react when Harker tells him he wants to leave immediately?  
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Jonathan Harker says that he prefers death over something else, some other evil. What other evil is he referring to? What does he assume is going to happen, if he doesn't die trying to get the key and escape? 
Stoker compares Dracula to an exhausted leech. Leeches are blood-sucking worms.  
The "net of doom" is a great example of a metaphor. There isn't really a net present; this figurative language describes the way Harker feels trapped and scared.  
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The tension in the book is transforming into  

Chapter 5

This letter was written on May 9th, which is around the time Jonathan Harker started to realize he was a prisoner in Dracula's castle. 
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Mina Murray is  
Do you remember the previous mention of a lunatic asylum, near the house Dracula wants to purchase in London?  
This phrase, "it never rains but it pours" is an idiom. An idiom is a common phrase or insight that is not meant to be taken literally. Lucy is not really talking about rain; she is talking about the events of her life. 
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How do the letters between Mina and Lucy differ from Jonathan Harker's journal?  
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Which of the following does NOT exemplify alliteration? 
May 25th, the date of Dr. Seward's letter, is about the time Jonathan Harker was sending his letters out the window to the Szgany in vain. 
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It's come to light at the end of this chapter, via this letter from Quincy P. Morris to Arthur Holmwood, that the three men who proposed to Lucy are  
If it's getting a little difficult to keep track of the characters, this may help: Dr. John Seward works at the lunatic asylum. He is the first man to propose to Lucy. Mr. Quincy P. Morris is the second man to propose to Lucy, and Arthur Holmwood is the third. Holmwood is the man Lucy loves, and she accepts his proposal. 

Chapter 6

Jonathan Harker's last journal entry was written on June 29, almost a month before Mina's entry. 
Whitby, the setting of this part of the book, is a real town in England. You can read more about modern-day Whitby here: (This annotation contains a link)
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As Mina describes the town of Whitby, she starts off sounding cheery, with lines like, "people go and sit there all day long looking at the beautiful view and enjoying the breeze" and, "it is nice at high water, but when the tide is out it shoals away to nothing, and there is merely the stream of the Esk, running between banks of sand, with rocks here and there." But her tone soon changes. Which of the following lines exemplifies the change to a dark tone?  
Mr. Swales's dialiect is very hard to understand, but he's basically saying that most of the graves in the Whitby churchyard are empty because their "occupants" were lost at sea. 
The aurora borealis is is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. Here is what it looks like: (This annotation contains an image)
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In your own words, using context clues, please explain what "heart-sick" means. 
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Renfield is very interested in ___________.  
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This line contains which of the following literary devices?  
This clue is suggestive of what Renfield has done with his birds. 
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Which of the following statements summarizes this passage?  
It is 26 July, a month after Jonathan's last journal entry, when Mina gets the letter from his saying he's returning home.  
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In your own words, please describe the impact that the lack of sleep has had in Minna. 
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Mina's writing -- her joint concern for Jonathan and Lucy -- creates a ___________ tone.  
Mr. Swales is like an oracle, foreshadowing future events. Here he says he feels death coming in the air. To learn more about foreshadowing, watch this video clip:  (This annotation contains a video)
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This line exemplifies  

Chapter 7

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This passage describing the sunset and the coming storm contains  
Boats are often referred to using the pronouns "she" and "her." Why do you think boats are given a gender, and why is the gender female?  
Sea-fog can be dangerous to boaters, and also beautiful to behold. (This annotation contains an image)
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This passage contains  
"Mirabile dictu" means "wonderful to see," or "thankfully." 
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___________ foreshadowing from the end of Chapter 6 has come to pass in this scene, with a dead man arriving in the storm.  
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This detail hints that the boat is connected to  
The boat's name contains an allusion... The mythological character Demeter is often described as the goddess of the harvest, though she also presided over the sanctity of marriage and the cycle of life and death. Given that marriage and death are events related to the plot, we can see why Stoker chose this name for the schooner. 
Bosphorus is a strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. 
Interesting that the crew didn't find anyone hiding, but it seems they overlooked a place. Where do you think the stranger is hiding? 
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Which of the following lines from the text summarize this scene?  
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What literary device is being used in the highlighted text? 
Bram Stoker uses two similes in this sentence. Can you identify them? 
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This line contains which of the following literary devices?  

Chapter 8

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Lucy likes ______________ and is very _________.  
Notice the parallel between "adventure" and "agonizing experience." Throughout the book, the agony and difficulty is also an adventure, so the characters don't really consider their experiences completely bad. 
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Mina's journal entries are mostly about  
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What is the most disconcerting part of the scene where Lucy sleepwalks and Mina finds her in the churchyard?  
Do you think the safety pin pierced Lucy's neck, or do you suspect she got the mark from something else? If so, what? 
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"Sea and sky" and "beautiful beyond" are examples of  
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"Sweet sadness" is   
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Which of the following is NOT an aspect of the plot that is bothering Mina at this point in the book?  
This is figurative language; Lucy doesn't really have roses in her cheeks. Can you see how effective the use of figurative language is in creating imagery in your mind, an image of Lucy's red cheeks? 
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Lucy finally gets a note on behalf of Jonathan. What is his ailment?  
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Which of the following literary devices does this sentence contain? 
Chloral is a sedative that helps people sleep. Morpheus is the mythological god of dreams. Can you see why the doctor makes the connection between the two?  
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This line exemplifies which literary device?  
Jack Sheppard was a notorious English robber, burglar and thief of early 18th-century London. 

Chapter 9

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What does Mina note is different about Jonathan when she first sees him?  
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In your own words, please explain what Mina means when she says her "heart was so full." 
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How is the weaving together of different storylines accomplished?  
Here is an image of Renfield from a video adaptation of the novel:  (This annotation contains an image)
What does this un-batlike behavior reveal about the bat? 
Given her description of how she feels when she wakes up, do you think Lucy is having dreams? Does her experience remind you of another character's experience? 
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Which of the following sums up Dr. Seward's initial assessment of Lucy's health?  
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The term "the mask fell from her face" is an example of  
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Please describe Van Helsing's tone in this letter. 
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How many doctors are now working on Lucy's case?  
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What conclusion do the doctors all come to after examining Lucy?  
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In your own words, please explain what a "dull, sullen, woe-begone" look is. 
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Which of these characters is NOT sick at this point in the book?  

Chapter 10

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How are Lucy and her mother tethered to each other via their health?  
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This passage uses which literary device?  
Van Helsing says this to Seward, in reference to their attempt to diagnose Lucy. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? 
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This line contains 
This is a great example of double entendre, a figure of speech in which a phrase is devised to be understood in either of two ways. Often the first meaning is straightforward, while the second meaning is ironic. When Arthur says "I would give the last drop of blood in my body for her," he means it as an expression of love; the irony sets in when the reader sees that the doctors actually do want Arthur to give his blood to Lucy. 
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This line contains  
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There has been a lot of talk of blood in this book, mostly relating to Lucy's mysterious loss of blood. Arthur has an opportinuty here to save Lucy's life by giving her his own blood. In this book, blood is a symbol of ___________. (Think of what you have when you have blood, and what you lack when you don't.)  
Have you ever felt like sleep brought you horror rather than rest? Nightmares can make one feel this way, and it's not uncommon to, at times, be afraid of sleep rather than comforted by it.  
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What is Bram Stoker hinting at with this line?  
Is this surprising to read that Dr. Seward loves Lucy? Remember, he did propose to her. It's easy to forget given everything that's happened in the story since then. It sounds like he still harbors some feelings of love for her. 
The word "grave" is used here to mean serious, or dark. Sometimes "grave" is used as an adjective in this way, to describe something. 
What is up with vampires and garlic? Learn more here: (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter 11

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This sentence refers to Ophelia while she is lying on her deathbed. This literary device, called ______________(where a write references another writer), also foreshadows Lucy's fate.  
This outburst reveals the honest state of hopelessness and frustration that Van Helsing feels. His outburts impact the reader; it's hard to keep hope as a reader when the characters lose it. 
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An accurate translation of this line is  
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The dialogue here is similar to _______________ dialogue.  
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Who is being described here? 
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An accurate translation of this line is  
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In your own words, please describe what a face "distorted with passion" might look like. 
This line states explicitly the symbolism of blood in the book.  
"Catch cold" is an old term that means exactly what you would think it means: to get sick, or catch a cold. Some people still use this old phrase; have you ever heard it before? 
In literature, nightingales often represent mourning because their songs are typically laments. A lament is a passionate expression of grief. The appearance of the nightingale here foreshadows some grievous event. 

Chapter 12

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Just the night before, things seemed to be looking up, but this comment Mr. Seward makes is _______________.   
This means the four servants appear to be drunk. 
This is a rhetorical question, or a question that is asked for effect and not meant to be answered. 
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Why does Van Helsing do this? 
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Now Lucy is going  to get blood from the third man who __________________.  
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What are the doctors concerned about regarding Mrs. Westenra's death?  
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According to Quincey Morris, a vampire   
Consider what this action of Lucy's indicates about her internal emotional state, and watch this video about internal versus external conflict to learn more about these terms.  (This annotation contains a video)
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When he says "I fear that tomorrow will end our watching, for the shock has been too great. The poor child cannot rally," what does Dr. Seward mean?  
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The house abutting the asylum where Renfield lives is ________________ house.  
"Drouth" means a prolonged shortage, similar to a drought. 
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Which of the following is an accurate list of characters who have died thus far?  
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What do these details suggest is happening to Lucy? 
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This sentence contains 
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This sentence contains 
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This line is a clear example of  

Chapter 13

A solicitor is a lawyer who traditionally deals with any legal matter including conducting proceedings in court. 
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Do you trust Van Helsing? Why or why not?  
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In this paragraph, Dr. Van Helsing is ________________.  
Lord Godalming is the name Arthur Holmwood took after his father's death. 
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Which of the following is an accurate rephrasing of this passage?  
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In your own words, what does this line mean? 
The men in this story, especially the men who loved and lost Lucy, are very affectionate with and supportive of each other. Is this surprising? Are modern men this way with each other? 
Do you remember what this word means? It was explained in a previous chapter. 
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What embarrasses Mina in this paragraph? 
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Of the three adjectives used here to describe the man's face (hard, cruel, sensual), which one seems out of place?  
"Grown young" is an oxymoron. An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms, such as "jumbo shrimp" and "living dead." Can you understand what makes "grown young" an oxymoron? 
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What literary device is exemplified by the phrase "like a moral Viking"? How do you know? 
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This ___________ means that people are all connected to each other.  
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What is so confusing to Dr. Seward?  
In this passage, loneliness is personified. Personification is when a write gives human attributes to non-human things. What human qualities are given to loneliness here? 
"Bloofer lady" is little kid talk meaning "beautiful lady."  
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What can you infer about this beautiful lady, given the details in this sentence and what you know from reading thus far? Do you have any guesses as to who this lady is?  

Chapter 14

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Why does Van Helsing end his letter to Mina with "forgive me"? 
This story is being told as a progression of events, with more and more connections happening between characters. Dr. Van Helsing and Mina are now connecting, and she thinks meeting with him about Lucy will shed light on Jonathan's illness. What do you think? 
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This sentence contains ______________. Mina is comparing the benefit of a cry to the benefit of the rain.  
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What impression does Mina get of Van Helsing based on his appearance? 
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Mina makes _______________ to the Bible in this sentence.  
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Is this literal or figurative language? Please explain your answer. 
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 Dr. Van Helsing is __________________, and Mina is ________________.  
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Jonathan is relieved to find out that Mina has shared his story with Dr. Van Helsing. Which of these lines from the text illustrate Jonathan's relief?  
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According to this paragraph, Jonathan feels better now because  
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Even though it's clearly not written in English, what do you think the phrase "Mein Gott" means, given the way the words look and the context in which Dr. Van Hesling says it?  
What is the answer to this question, in your opinion? 
Jean-Martin Charcot was a French neurologist and professor of anatomical pathology. He has been called "the Napoleon of the neuroses." Charcot is best known today, outside the community of neurologists, for his work on hypnosis and hysteria.  
The repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses is called anaphora. Bram Stoker's use of anaphora (the repetition of the phrase "Can you tell me…") here gives a rhythmic, sing-songy sound to the narrative, turning it, for a moment, from prose to poetry! 

Chapter 15

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What does Dr. Vincent believe may have bitten the child's neck?  
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This long, descriptive sentence contains a large number of  
This line suggests that Dr. Seward doesn't really believe what he is saying, that he doubts the body was stolen. 
The Heath is an area made of shrubs.  
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What two things make it hard to believe that Lucy is dead? 
What does this rhetorical question mean? 
Dr. Van Helsing is saying that they need to explose Arthur to the grim truth if he is to believe them about Lucy's condition. 
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In your own words, what does "the line of least resistance" mean? 
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When he awakes in the morning after a good night's sleep, how has Dr. Seward changed?  
Why is it so hard for the characters, and for readers, to trust Dr. Van Helsing? 
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What is the Professor's underlying emotion when he says, "If I could spare you one pang, my poor friend, God knows I would"? 
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Does Dr. Van Helsing successfully manage to get Arthur on his side?  

Chapter 16

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What does the blood rushing in and out of Arthur's face say about his emotional state? 
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Quincey Morris is a character whom the readers does not know very well at this point. In this scene, he is described as  
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The repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses, such as "Never did" in this passage, is called  
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This line contains a  
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"If looks could kill" is a literary device. What is this device called?  
In Greek mythology, Medusa was a monster generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. In this allusion, Stoker compares the angry folds of Lucy's brow to Medusa's snakes.  (This annotation contains an image)
Stoker uses the metaphor "bitter waters" to refer to the suffering Arthur is going through. Can you see how calling this suffering "bitter waters" makes it more interesting than just calling it "hard" or "sad"?  
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According to Dr. Van Hesling, how will Lucy and others benefit from Lucy's final death?  
This is a great example of irony! The fact that Arthur's kindness makes him the one everyone thinks should kill Lucy is ironic because we usually think of kind people as not killing. In this case, killing Lucy is doing good for the world (doing a kindness for the children who will be her victims, and a kindness for Lucy's soul which will be put to rest upon her death), which is what makes this moment of irony possible. To learn more about irony, watch this clip: (This annotation contains a video)
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Please name and describe one literary device that is used in this sentence. 
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What task does the group agree to take up together?  

Chapter 17

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What is different in the story now, after the events at the end of Chapter 16?  
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Mina has used her typewriter several times in this book to  
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"For it will tell me the other side of a true love episode of which I know one side already," refers to which of the following? 
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As it is used here is "in the dark" a figurative or a literal phrase? Please explain your answer. 
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The story of Lucy's death horrified Mina, but she was given solace by one detail; which one?  
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Dr. Seward has a new opinion of Renfield now. He mentions that there was a time when Renfield's good behavior may have led him to consider releasing Renfield, but that things are different now. What has changed?  
Harker's main matter at hand here is to trace Count Dracula's cargo from his home to its final destination. 
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In your own words, please explain what the idiom "blowing my trumpet" means here. 
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Mina is suggesting that Arthur think of her like  
"My heart bled for him" is a figurative statement rather than a literal one. Why? What is the difference between figurative and literal? 
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The main purpose of this chapter is   

Chapter 18

Why would easiness be a quality a madman would respect? 
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What surprises Dr. Seward about Renfield's conversation with Mina?  
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This statement, taken from the Bible, is a reminder that blood is being used as a _________ in book.  
This line references the common adage "There's no use crying over spilt milk," which means that there's no point getting upset about something bad that's happened because it can't be changed. Van Helsing says this in reference to them finding out too late that Dracula's house is next door to Dr. Seward's asylum, too late to save Lucy's life. 
This simile compares vampires to bees, illustrating that vampires don't lose their strength like bees when they sting, but rather they get stronger after striking, which means they're quite dangerous. 
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In your own words, what "powers" does the group possess? 
This is the first time in the book the group has explicitly referred to their enemy as a vampire. Why do you think Bram Stoker waited until more than halfway through the book to put this term to regular use? 
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According to the text, which of the following is NOT something a vampire can do?  
Do you think this bat is just a bat, or something else? 
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Mina uses the _____________ "a bitter pill for me to swallow" to describe how she feels about the boys wanting her to retire from the affair of hunting Dracula.   
It's understandable that the boys wouldn't want Mina to meet any danger while searching for Dracula, but does it seem any wiser to leave her alone while they go out together? 
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Why is Renfield's behavior here so surprising? 
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Renfield beeseches Dr. Seward to let him out by assuring him that  
To be demonstrative means to show feelings of affection openly. 
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This ominous statement exemplifies which of the following literary devices?  

Chapter 19

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The term "wild work" exemplifies which of the following literary devices?  
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The fact that the keys to Count Dracula's house are referred to as "skeleton keys" adds to the ______________ tone of the book.  
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Stoker is great at using descriptive language to enhance his reader's experience of each scene. In this paragraph, which sense is Stoker focusing on?  
Why do you think the characters so concerned about how many boxes are present? 
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The dogs are being compared to rabbits here. The literary device that Stoker uses to make this comparison is  
Stoker uses a metaphor here to compare Dracula's plans and movements to a game of chess. 
This is a noteworthy detail! 
Obliquity means "a deviation from sound thinking." 
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Why is Mina crying?  
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Setting details like this help create the _________ mood of the book. 
Do you remember the appearance of the fog earlier in the book? 

Chapter 20

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What does it mean to have one's "nerve broken"? 
What do you think is going on with Mina's health? Do you think it's a good idea for her to be sent back to Exeter to be alone? 
The term "new-fangled ware'us" means "a new warehouse." 
A "shadder" is a shadow. 
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Why does the description of the strong man who helped lift the box excite Harker?  
How does it impact your view of Dracula that his living abodes are referred to as "lairs," given that lairs usually refer to the places where animals sleep? 
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What did Harker say to convince the gentleman to tell him who bought the house?  
It will be harder for them to break into a house in Piccadilly because Piccadilly is a big city. 
Malvolio is a Shakespeare character who is full of self love. He was imprisoned for being a supposed lunatic. 
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Why might Renfield not speak as freely with a third party as he does with Dr. Seward alone? 
Dr. Seward is a doctor at an insane asylum, but rather than taking care of Renfield he seems to be manipulating and using him. Is this ethical? Why or why not? 
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According to the letter from Mitchell, Sons & Candy, who purchased the house in Piccadilly?  
In this interesting moment of self-awareness, Dr. Seward admits that he wonders if he and his team are the crazy ones. Why would he say this? 

Chapter 21

This rationalization explains why imagining that Renfield did this to himself is hard, even though it's also hard to believe someone else could have injured him because he is in a locked cell. 
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What literary device does the phrase "like blows from a hammer" contain? 
This mentions of "a soul" references Renfield's earler discussion about souls, and suggests some irony. What is ironic about this situation? 
In this book, what is worse than death? 
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Renfield is comparing Dracula to ___________ here.  
Notice the capitalization of the pronouns used to describe Dracula. It's as if he is a god to Renfield. In the Bible, pronouns referring to God and Jesus are capitalized. 
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What detail is revealed here?  
The Sacred Wafers are Communion wafers that have been blessed by a priest.  
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Jonathan Karker exclaims ""n God's name what does this mean?" Which of the following statements answers that question?  
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"Set as steel" is a simile comparing Jonathan's mouth to something very hard and immovable: steel. What does this simile suggest about Jonathan's current emotions? 
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What did Dracula do when he left Mina dn Jonathan's room?  
Can you remember the other times it seemed the vampire had visited Mina? 
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What does this statement of Count Dracula's foreshadow?  

Chapter 22

Can you think of a time in your life when trial or trouble tested your faith? 
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Why does Dr. Seward say they must lie about the cause of Renfield's death?  
Can you think of why this may end up being a bad idea? 
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What are they hoping to find in Dracula's Piccadilly house?  
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Morris's tone in this statement is   
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Do you trust Mina now? Should the characters? Please explain your answer. 
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Dr. Van Helsing is using an allusion here to compare Mina to  
Notice the parallel to a previous time in the book when the characters comforted and supported Lucy through her hard time. 
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What are they doing to Dracula's boxes?  
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"Orderly disorder" is an example of which literary device?  

Chapter 23

"Festina lente" means "make haste slowly." This adage, which is an oxymoron, means that activities should be performed with a proper balance of urgency and diligence; if tasks are rushed too quickly then mistakes are made and good long-term results are not achieved. 
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What does "the Devil does not keep faith" mean? 
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In this sentence, the word "nightmare" is   
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This simile shows that Dracula thinks the group of men is  
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Which of the following literary devices does NOT appear in this paragraph?  
Now that Mina has a scar on her forehead, she has even more in common with Dracula. This parallel should not be overlooked; Stoker is creating parallels between the two characters for a reason. 
What concern is Mina expressing here? 
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What does Jonathan mean by this? 
Why do you think Mina wants to be hypnotized? 
This should remind you of the previous scene in the book, when the ship arrived in Whitby with a dead captain tied to the helm. 
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It is a mixed blessing that Count Dracula is on a ship; which of the following statements accurately explains the good and the bad sides of this fact?  

Chapter 24

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Which of these statements accurately summarizes what this line means?  
Have you noticed how often Count Dracula is portrayed using this same description? Stoker uses this descriptive method of identification as a way to retain an air of mystery while still making sure the reader assumes it is Dracula who has been spotted. 
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The fog invokes a moment from earlier in the book, when the ship came into the harbor in Whitby. You found out after that scene that Dracula caused the fog, which we could reliably assume is happening again in this scene. Why do you think Dracula needed the fog this time?  
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In this response to Mina's questions about whether they need to continue the hunt for Dracula, Jonathan's tone is  
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"Till they are like the multitude of standing corn" is _________________. 
Dr. Seward's sentiments are quite positive, given the situation he and his friends are in. He sounds hopeful and amazed at the resilience of the human spirit.  
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Which of the following characteristics is NOT one of the changes in Mina that concerns Van Helsing?  
A Winchester is a kind of gun. 
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The metaphor "I felt that from that instant a door had been shut between us," refers to  
You have seen a similar simile before; do you remember what was compared to steel a few chapters back? 
The fact that Jonathan is making a will tells the reader that he is worried about his fate, and taking this endeavor very seriously. This is also a good time to remember the experience Jonathan had with Dracula in the beginning of the book. Of all the characters, he's had the most interactions with Dracula and remembering those experiences, we remember that he has good reason to be afraid. 

Chapter 25

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This sounds like an experience another character in the book had. Which character?  
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In your own words, what is a prelude? 
Irony is defined as the incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result. An example of irony is when Mina thanks Quincey for agreeing to kill her if need be.  
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This line exemplifies which of the following literary devices?  
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What does this detail that Mina always shares at the beginning of her hypnosis reveal about Count Dracula?  
This line means that the journal may one day be used against them, resulting in their hanging for the murder of the Count. 
Now that you know their plan, can you think of any holes in it, anything that could go wrong? 
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What change are the Doctors looking for in Mina that signify she is becoming dangerous?  
Dr. Seward admits that they all knew something unexpected would happen, they just weren't sure what it would be. Did you think that, too? 
What do you think is causing a shift for the better in Mina? 
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This line reveals that  
Notice Stoker uses personification again in this line. What is being personified? 
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This line is a _______________, comparing Count Dracula to little animals. Van Helsing is discussing the difference between the "child brain" and the "man brain" in his discourse here.  
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Please explain how Count Dracula's selfishness is freeing Mina's soul. 

Chapter 26

The Freytag Pyramid, also known as a dramatic arc, maps the structure of a story. According to Freytag, a drama is divided into five parts, which consist of: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and dénouement. To see an image of a Preytag Pyramid and read more about its parts, see below. Elements of the Freytag Pyramid will be referenced in this chapter. (This annotation contains a link)
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This line uses 
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Because of the building tension and the proximity of the end of the book, you can infer that you are nearing the _____________ of the book. 
This line is a bit of a joke. The Captain says they had a great run, using the image of the devil blowing on his sail. Little does he know what evil creature lurked onboard! 
How is this boat ride similar to the last boat ride Count Dracula took? How is it different? 
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Which of the following accurately recounts, in order, the names of the people through whom Dracula's box (and Dracula himself!) passed?  
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What is Dracula's biggest hindrance right now?  
Mina's tone in her journal is very matter-of-fact and straightforward. She's much more rational than one would expect her to be in her condition. 
Here is a depiction Dracula's castle, where the characters are all heading: (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Dr. Van Helsing say that it is Jonathan's right to kill Dracula?  
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According to this passage, what two helpful things do the men have? 
Notice the date; what holiday is this? Do you think this is a coincidence or something Bram Stoker did on purpose? 
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The settling is changing. Several of the characters have mentioned __________, which is clearly wearing on them.  

Chapter 27

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What example does Mina use to show that the people she encounters on her way towards Transylvania are superstitious? 
Notice that the story is coming full circle with a return to the Count's castle, the place where the action of the book began. 
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How is Dr. Van Hesling's writing different from the other characters'?  
Notice the change in Mina, as she becomes more vampire-like.  
The horses respond to the evil happenings in the book. They foreshadow dark events to come. 
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"Leapt like a flame" exemplifies what literary device? How do you know? 
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How does Dr. Van Hesling know this?  
Here the coffin's emptiness is personified by being given voice to speak. 
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Why are Van Hesling and Mina looking for a cave to hide in?  
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Think back to the elements of Freytag's Pyramid. This scene marks the end of the ____________ and the beginning of the __________ of the book.   
A centaur is half man, half horse. Stoker uses a simile to compare the leader of the "gipsies" to a centaur. (This annotation contains an image)
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Here, a simile is used to compare Dracula to _______________. 
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Which of the following does NOT happen during the climax of the book?