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According to SparkNotes.com, the settings of "Go Ask Alice" include an unidentified college town, San Francisco, Berkeley, Denver and Oregon. The novel takes place in the late 1960s.

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  • What was "Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft about?

    Q: What was "Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft about?

    A: "The Call of Cthulhu," by H.P. Lovecraft, is presented as the posthumous account of the narrator's discovery of a giant undersea monster and the cult that worships it. Papers and artifacts left by a relative lead him to discover multiple groups of cultists throughout the world, and the evidence ultimately leads him to an uncharted island that is home to the terrifying creature.
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  • What is Stephen King's pen name?

    Q: What is Stephen King's pen name?

    A: Stephen King's pen name is Richard Bachman. The famed horror and suspense author invented the name by combining the name of author Richard Stark and musician Randy Bachman from the band Bachman Turner Overdrive.
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  • What is a half-man and half-horse called?

    Q: What is a half-man and half-horse called?

    A: A centaur is a mythological creature with the upper body of a man and the lower body of a horse. The centaur's upper body typically included a human-like head, arms and torso, while the lower portion consisted of a horse's body and legs.
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  • Is John Grisham dead?

    Q: Is John Grisham dead?

    A: John Grisham was born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Ark., and is still alive today. Long before he became a well-known writer, he worked in a law practice in Southaven, Miss., where he worked 60 to 70 hours per week.
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  • What does the phrase "catch 22" mean?

    Q: What does the phrase "catch 22" mean?

    A: The term "catch 22" is a frustrating situation in which one is trapped by contradictory regulations or paradoxical rules. The term originated from Joseph Heller's 1961 novel of the same name, "Catch 22."
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  • Which came out of the door, the lady or the tiger?

    Q: Which came out of the door, the lady or the tiger?

    A: The author of "The Lady, or the Tiger?" does not reveal which came out of the door, the lady or the tiger. The short story by Frank R. Stockton is frequently analyzed in an attempt to find clues as to whether the lady or the tiger walked through the door.
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  • What is the theme of "There Will Come Soft Rains?"

    Q: What is the theme of "There Will Come Soft Rains?"

    A: As with most works of fiction, "There Will Come Soft Rains," a short story by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, cannot be said to contain a single theme. However, among the themes present in the story are the threat of nuclear war, both the benefits and dangers of scientific and technological innovation and the supremacy of the natural world over human achievement.
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  • How is Amy Tan's writing style characterized?

    Q: How is Amy Tan's writing style characterized?

    A: Amy Tan's writing style is characterized by her depiction of Chinese American mother and daughter relationships. In particular, she explores how generational differences present relational challenges.
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  • Is figurative language used in "Lord of the Flies"?

    Q: Is figurative language used in "Lord of the Flies"?

    A: Examples of figurative language in the novel "Lord of the Flies" are when Ralph says that he makes decisions like how he plays chess and when Simon describes the dead sow's eyes as "dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life." Figurative language includes: metaphors, personifications, allusions, idioms and puns.
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  • What are examples of tall tales?

    Q: What are examples of tall tales?

    A: Tall tales are stories filled with unbelievable elements that are presented as facts. Examples of tall tales include stories about the legendary feats of Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett, Johnny Appleseed, Casey Jones and Annie Oakley. Tall tales are an important part of American folk literature, but there are similar types of stories in many other cultures. Ancient Greek mythology is one example.
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  • What does "falling action" mean?

    Q: What does "falling action" mean?

    A: "Falling action" is a plot element in literature that follows the climax of a story and starts the plot toward its resolution. Many of the questions about the story start being answered in the falling action.
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  • What is the difference between the book and movie of "Frankenstein"?

    Q: What is the difference between the book and movie of "Frankenstein"?

    A: The novel of "Frankenstein" portrays the creature as a sympathetic, tragic figure who desires only the affection of his creator, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, while the film version, which stars Boris Karloff as the creature, suggests that the creature is monstrous, violent and evil. The 1931 film "Frankenstein" is the most famous adaptation of Mary Shelley's book.
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  • What was the name of Captain Hook's ship?

    Q: What was the name of Captain Hook's ship?

    A: In J. M. Barrie's famous book "Peter Pan," Captain Hook sailed a brig known as the Jolly Roger. Barrie described it as the "cannibal of the seas" and implied that the ship, while fast and sound, was filthy and unkempt.
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  • What are the literary elements of horror?

    Q: What are the literary elements of horror?

    A: Some of the literary elements of horror include mood, foreshadowing, surprise, suspense, mystery and humor. Horror stories can also use allegory and serve as moral tales or object lessons. Although most horror stories have many of these elements, not all are necessary to construct a horror story, just as not all horror stories include vampires or other elements of the supernatural.
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  • What is Zorro's real name?

    Q: What is Zorro's real name?

    A: Zorro’s real name is Don Diego de la Vega. According to Zorro Legend, Zorro was created in 1919 and has been enchanting fans for 95 years.
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  • What is a Mandalorian armor?

    Q: What is a Mandalorian armor?

    A: Mandalorian armor is an armor worn by Madalorian warriors in the Star Wars universe. The first time the armor was introduced was in the film "The Empire Strikes Back," when it was worn by the bounty hunter Boba Fett.
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  • What does Nick think of Gatsby after meeting him?

    Q: What does Nick think of Gatsby after meeting him?

    A: Nick is fascinated by Gatsby after their first encounter and is particularly impressed by his optimism and vigor. This first impression wavers but ultimately lasts throughout the course of the book.
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  • What does the Mockingjay epilogue say?

    Q: What does the Mockingjay epilogue say?

    A: The "Mockingjay" epilogue takes place at least 20 years after the main Hunger Games story arc, and it explains Katniss and Peeta's lives as adults. They live peacefully with their two children after the yearly Hunger Games are abolished.
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  • How many books has Stephen King written?

    Q: How many books has Stephen King written?

    A: Stephen King has written at least 65 books as of 2014, including 55 novels under his own name and seven novels under the pen name Richard Bachman. King’s work includes six nonfiction books and about 200 short stories.
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  • What are the positions in Quidditch?

    Q: What are the positions in Quidditch?

    A: The positions in Quidditch, a competitive sport in the wizardry world of Harry Potter, are beaters, chasers, keepers and seekers. Quidditch is a fictional semi-contact sport in the Harry Potter novels and movies, played by both wizards and witches.
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  • What is a summary of the short story "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury?

    Q: What is a summary of the short story "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury?

    A: "The Pedestrian" takes place in a dystopian future in the year 2053 and follows the lead character, Leonard Mead, as he takes a walk through the city. His walk in itself is remarkable in the context of the story, a future where he is the only one on the street.
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