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Christine C.
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Question:

Read lines 13-16 of the poem "Going for Water" by Robert Frost: But once within the wood, we paused Like gnomes that hid us from the moon, Ready to run to a hiding place new With laughter when she found us soon. Which words best describe the tone of this stanza? A Cautious and afraid B Timid and shy C Playful and energetic D Gentle and loving

Christine C.
Answer:

The correct response is C Playful and energetic. In the stanza, the poet Robert Frost emphasizes the playful nature of the speaker by using the figurative language/simile "Like gnomes that hid us from the moon." Gnomes are fantastical figures that evoke a sense of play and whimsy. Also, Frost uses the phrases "Read to run" and "with laughter" to further emphasize the energy and playfulness of speaker and partner in the stanza.

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Question:

How does Sarah's experience in "A Widow's Burden" support the points made by Lucy Stone in her speech? How is Sarah an example of the woman Lucy Stone uses as an example? Use details from both passages in your response.

Christine C.
Answer:

In the story, "A Widow's Burden," the main character Sarah suffers great financial hardship after the death of her husband. According to the law at the time in which the story is set, Sarah legally could inherit only one-third of her husband's property because she is female. The character Sarah exemplifies the key claim in Lucy Stone's speech, "The Progress of 50 Years," that women were financially discriminated against because of their gender. In her speech, Stone claims, "when the husband died, the law gave the widow the use of one-third of the real estate." The "Widow's Burden" shows how the law impacted Sarah's ability to support her family. She could no longer work the farm with the intent to sell the crops. Instead, she could only grow barely enough food enough food to feed herself and her children. Throughout her speech, Stone highlights similar property laws that illustrated their effect on women such as Sarah. In her speech, Stone focuses on the facet that women were allowed only to keep certain items after the death of her spouse, "The law counted out in many states how many cups and sauces, spoons and knives, and chairs a widow might have might have when her husband died." Likewise, in the story, Sarah is allowed to keep four place settings for herself and her daughter, while her stepson Brad took most of the cutlery including the grandmother's silverware. The legal and financial discriminated suffered by women in the 50 years preceding Lucy Stone's speech are illuminated through the struggle of the main character, Sarah in the story "A Widow's Burden" specifically when she is denied complete ownership of her deceased husband's property due to her gender.

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Question:

Based on your reading of Chapter 21 of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, what can the reader infer about the relationship between the migrant workers and the California residents?

Christine C.
Answer:

The reader can infer the Californian's and migrants' relationship is tempestuous at best. The Californian residents are wary of the migrants and perceive them as a foreign army coming to conquer them and take their land. For example, Steinbeck writes in chapter 21 the Californians became frightened and sought to arm themselves, "that made the little town group as though to repeal an invader, squads with pick handles, clerks and store keepers with shotguns." Steinbeck reinforces the idea of the residents as the defenders and the migrants as the invaders throughout chapter 21 when he writes that the residents, " reassured themselves that they were good and the invaders bad.” They believed that, “These Okies are thieves. They've got no sense of property rights."

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