Homework Help: A Raisin in the Sun Act II Short Answer Study Guide Questions

Scene 1:

  1. What was Beneatha’s family doing when George came in?
    • Beneatha is in the Nigerian outfit that Asagai gave her, and Walter is drunk. They are dancing and singing Nigerian songs, and Walter is standing on the table shouting.
  2. What are “assimilationist Negroes”?
    • They are, according to Beneatha, “someone who is willing to give up his own culture and submerge himself in the dominant, and in this case oppressive culture.”
  3. What did Mama do with her money?
    • She bought a house.
  4. What was Walter’s reaction to Mama’s purchase? Ruth’s reaction?
    • Walter was very upset and bitter. He claimed that she has “butchered up” his dream. Ruth, on the other hand, was elated. She felt that she would finally be out of their miserable old apartment and have a proper home.


Scene 2:

  1. How did Ruth find out Walter hadn’t been going to work?
    • Walter’s boss called, telling Ruth that Walter hasn’t been to work in 3 days.
  2. Where had Walter been going instead of work?
    • He has been driving and walking around the city, watching people.
  3. What did Mama do for Walter?
    • She gives the remainder of the insurance money to him, telling him that although he must put $3000 in the bank for Beneatha’s schooling, he could use the rest for whatever he wanted.


Scene 3:

  1. Who was Karl Lindner, and why did he visit the Youngers’ house?
    • Karl Linder was the representative of the Clybourne Park Improvement Association. He visited the Youngers’ house to ask them not to move into Clybourne Park, as it was an all-white neighborhood, and they are black. He also told them that the association members were willing to pay the Younger’s not to move.
  2. What was Walter’s reaction to Lindner?
    • He tells him to get out of their apartment.
  3. What presents did Mama get?
    • She gets a set of new gardening tools from Ruth, Walter, and Beneatha, and an elaborate, wide gardening hat from Travis.
  4. What news did Bobo bring to Walter?
    • He tells him Walter that Willy has never shown up to the place where they had planned to meet. He has most likely took all their money and ran off, without a trace.

Homework Help: A Raisin in the Sun Act I Short Answer Study Guide Questions

Scene 1:

  1. Why did Walter ask Ruth what was wrong with her?
    • He asks that because she was acting somewhat angry.
  2. Why was Ruth upset when Walter gave Travis money?
    • She is upset because she already told Travis that she won’t give him money, because they don’t really have enough to spare. Walter also undermines her authority as a parent by giving Travis money, when she specifically told him he will not get money.
  3. Who are Willy and Bobo?
    • They are people that Walter is “friends” with, who want him to invest in a liquor store with them.
  4. Walter said, “Damn my eggs… damn all the eggs that ever was!” Why?
    • He says this because he is frustrated that whenever he tries to talk to Ruth about himself, she just tells him to eat his eggs and go to work. He feels like she doesn’t support him and his ideas.
  5. Who is Beneatha?
    • Beneatha is the younger sister of Walter, who wants to become a doctor.
  6. Why was Mama getting a check for $10,000?
    • She is getting a check because it is the life insurance money of her late husband.
  7. Why did Beneatha say she wouldn’t marry George?
    • She thinks he is shallow and that his family is snobbish. Although she admits to liking him, she says that she does not love him, and he also does not approve of her becoming a doctor.
  8. What was Beneatha’s attitude towards God?
    • She does not believe in God and is tired of Him getting credit for all the things the human race achieves. She thinks that “there is only man and it is he who makes miracles.”
  9. What happened to Ruth at the end of Act I Scene I?
    • She passes out.


Scene 2:

  1. Who is Joseph Asagai?
    • He is a friend of Beneatha, from Nigeria, who she calls “an intellect.”
  2. What did Ruth find out at the doctor’s office?
    • She finds out that she is pregnant.
  3. Why is Asagai’s present to Beneatha appropriate?
    • Asagai’s present, clothing from Nigeria, is appropriate because it symbolizes Beneatha becoming wrapped up in her current fad, when she literally wraps the clothes around herself. It also foreshadows her “putting on” a new life.
  4. Why is Asagai’s nickname appropriate?
    • Asagai’s nickname for Beneatha, Alaiyo, means “One for Whom Bread- Food- Is Not Enough.” This is appropriate because Beneatha, along with Asagai and Walter, both want more from life than just survival: they want to a better quality of life.
  5. What does Mama say is “dangerous”?
    • She says that it is dangerous “when a man goes outside his home to look for peace.”
  6. Where did Ruth actually go instead of the doctor’s office?
    • She goes to a talk to a woman about having an abortion.
  7. Why did Mama call Walter a disgrace to his father’s memory?
    • He has become overly concerned with money has lost his traditional family value, so much so that he doesn’t even try to convince Ruth not to have an abortion, despite his mother’s prompting.

Homework Help: English: Romeo and Juliet Timeline

Day 1:

  • (Morning) Fight (between Montague & Capulet servants and Benvolio & Tybalt)
  • Prince separates fighters and threatens them with death
  • (Night) Ball at the Capulet House
  • Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love
  • Balcony Scene


Day 2:

  • (Dawn) Romeo goes to Friar Lawrence to ask to get married
  • (Afternoon) Romeo and Juliet get married
  • Fight (between Tybalt & Mercutio)
  • Mercutio dies
  • Fight again (between Romeo & Tybalt)
  • Tybalt dies
  • Romeo is banished
  • Romeo goes to Friar Lawrence for help
  • Romeo goes to Juliet’s chamber


(Some unspecified time after Romeo’s banishment, Lady Montague dies)


Day 3:

  • (Dawn) Romeo leaves Juliet’s chamber
  • Romeo goes to Mantua
  • Capulet tells Juliet that he arranged a marriage for her
  • (Afternoon) Juliet goes to Friar Lawrence for help
  • Juliet receives potion
  • Juliet goes home and apologizes
  • Capulet moves marriage
  • (Night) Juliet takes the potion


Day 4:

  • (Morning) Juliet found dead
  • Funeral


(Some unspecified time after Juliet’s funeral, Romeo is told of her death by Balthasar)

(Some unspecified time after Romeo is told of her death, he buys a poison)


Day 5:

  • Juliet has been asleep for almost 42 hours
  • (Night) Romeo goes to Juliet’s tomb
  • Romeo fights Paris
  • Paris dies
  • Romeo sees Juliet’s body
  • Romeo ingests poison
  • Romeo dies
  • Friar Lawrence enters tomb
  • Juliet awakens
  • Friar Lawrence leaves tomb
  • Juliet sees Romeo’s body
  • Juliet dies


Day 6:

  • (Morning) Romeo and Juliet’s affair is discovered
  • Peace between the families

Poetry #1

I knew that

we would not last.

The same way I knew

snow melts in the spring.

I kissed you anyway,

placing my lips softly on yours.


I wanted

to be your forever,

and for you to be mine.

But I knew that

we would last

As long as snow in the spring.

Short Story #2

Another cringy piece I dug up from the depths of my computer files.


He arrived three years ago, bitter and angry. He was 11, six years my minor, and in those awful “tween” stages, as Pearl called it. He had a shock of brown hair, a sharp contrast to our dyed neon hair, but he refused to dye his to match. He had stormy green eyes and a sharp tongue that got him into more trouble than it was worth. 

He insisted on being called Rhys, though the Doctor told us his name was Shard. 

He was a mostly good kid, although he harbored an unnatural hatred towards the Doctor. He never said anything about it to the Doctor’s face, I think partially because the Doctor was often away, partially because he found the Doctor to be terrifying, as ludicrous as the idea seems. But whether that was the real reason or not, I was relieved that Shard never said anything to him, for a few months after he arrived, I began to see him as a little brother, notwithstanding his harsh demeanor and tendency to spread false rumors, all about the Doctor, of course. 


The world had ended. Whether it was 10 years ago or a century, I couldn’t say, as I lived in this haven for as long as I could remember, a rocky island in a sea of gray, the last clean— safe— place on Earth. The Doctor was really busy, risking his life by going out to rescue the poor folk who have been trapped outside, but I met him a few times. He was a good man, patient with me when I was slow, and carefully creating vaccinations against the sickness that savaged the rest of humanity. He gave us names, fed us food, didn’t ask for much in return except for us to be kind and good. I asked him once, why he was doing this for us, because I was new and afraid of how long this paradise would last. He laughed— something smooth and rich like the hot cocoa our old cook Timber used to make me, before he became hostile and angry and the Doctor had to take him away for treatment— and I felt ashamed for how thoughtless I was, for who was I to question his actions when he had saved us all. I told him so, and he smiled affectionately at me and ruffled my hair, just like I’d imagine a father would do to his child. 


“Dulce,” Shard murmured, as we peeled potatoes for Pearl. Pearl, a matronly woman of 24, doted on all the younger children, even Shard, until she heard Shard spreading his usual lies about the Doctor. It took her a while to forgive him, plus promises to help her with dinner every night. Honestly, these lies… Shard had to stop telling them. It’s getting to be a problem… 

“Dulce!” Shard jabbed his elbow into my side, and I squealed, only a little bit really, but Pearl looked at the two of us from across the kitchen and sighed loudly, before striding out the room. Although I didn’t think she’d ever like Shard— not after the things he said— she adored me, so she usually ignored our antics. 

“What, Rhys?” 

“I swear,” he whispered, “the world hasn’t ended.” 

I sighed. “Oh, Rhys, not this again.” 

“Dulce, it’s true! I remember when I was last out there, before your Doctor or whatever kidnapped me. The world is fine. It was summer, and the grass was green and, and I had a dog, and his name was Biscuit and we were running to, to, to my friend’s house, I think, and you could hear birds making their bird noises or whatever the word was called—” 

“— Chirp. Birds chirp. Well, that’s what the books say, at least. But Rhys, you were 11 when you came here. Perhaps you just had a dream; sometimes I do too Rhys, but they’re not true. The world has ended. You have to accept it sooner or later.” I reached over and patted his shoulder. 

“I mean it Dulce, the Doctor is not as good as you all think. It’s not a dream! He brainwashed you all! The daily vaccines he gives you are some sort of brain-washing drugs so you’ll listen to whatever he says!” 

“If what you say is true, then why do you still remember?” 

He stopped, mouth opening and closing, looking for the right words to say. “I, I, I—” 

“— See Rhys? What you’re saying isn’t true. The Doctor is a good man—” 

“— No, no, no, no!” He shouted, waving the potato peeler in the air, “I swear Dulce, I swear, the world hasn’t ended! The Doctor is a psy, psy; he’s crazy! He kidnapped us all and drugged us and put us in this prison for some sick, sick—” 

“— Sick what?” Shard froze, his face blanching. He looked at me, and then slowly up at the Doctor. 

The Doctor smiled serenely back at us. 


I awoke to Shard shaking me roughly. 

“I’m gonna try to escape,” he hissed, face tense and pale in the dim light of the moon shining through my windows. 

I gaped. “What? Are you crazy?” 

“Dulce, he’s gonna kill me if I stay here! He heard me, oh god, he heard me saying that he’s a kidnapper and that he’s crazy and, and, Dulce, did you know, that, that before I came here, before that sick freak decided to bring me here for God knows what, my mama, she, she told me to be careful, because, ’cause there was a mass kidnapper on the loose, targeting kids like me she said, and I told her that she was being silly because I’m not a little kid and nothing’s gonna happen to me, cuz no one thinks these kinds of things would happen to them, even adults I bet, but, but, but here I am now, and, I, I…” He broke off into soft sobs, and I had the urge to wrap him into a hug and tell him everything was going to be okay, because Shard, despite his scathing attitude and pretense of superiority, was still a child. 

He stopped though, abruptly, and scrubbed at his cheeks, face flushed from crying or embarrassment for crying or maybe both. 

“Dulce,” he whispered urgently, “come escape with me.” 

I felt my heart sink— what was he thinking? There was nothing outside this island, except disease and death. “Rhys… I can’t; you can’t! The Doctor—” 

Rhys’s face twisted into an angry sneer. “— The Doctor this, the Doctor that! Can’t you see that he’s not as good as you all think! Fine! Fine, Dulce! You can stay here with your precious Doctor. I’m not gonna stay in this nuthouse for any longer!” 

“Rhys—” I watched the door slam behind him. 


Shard’s voice cracked, as it rose into a careening wail of pleaseohgodI’msorryDulcehelpmepleasetheDoctorgotmepleaseI’msososorryI’llbegoodhelpmeI’MSORRYDULCEPLEASEHELPME! 

I felt a shiver run down my spine. Should I go? The Doctor got him… I swallowed. No, this was ridiculous. The Doctor wouldn’t hurt him, wouldn’t hurt anyone. Yes, that was it, Shard was being over-dramatic again. I stared at the moon-lit ceiling, before pulling the bed sheets firmly over my head and tried to go back to sleep. 


“Yes, sir, I know that Shard had a problem. Everyone here knows that.” 

“Good,” the Doctor said kindly, “As you’re his closest friend, I wanted to let you know that Shard is sick. We found him attempting to leave this shelter, that I have created in order to protect all of you. I have sent Shard away, for treatment. Don’t worry, I have my best nurses watching over him, I will be heading his treatment personally. I do hope you know that this is the only way that he’ll get better.” 

“Yes sir, I know, I really grateful that you’ll do this for him, for us, but… will I be able to see him again?” 

The Doctor frowned sadly. “I’m afraid not, my child. What Shard has is contagious, and he will need to be watched carefully, in case he ever relapses. This arrangement is for both Shard’s safety, and for everyone’s here too. You do understand, don’t you?” 

“Of course.” 

“Thank you, my dear… Have you taken your weekly vaccine yet?” 

“Of course.” 


I find Rhys three days later, while disposing of the leftover food from tonight’s dinner, shivering in the dark corner behind the dumpster. He smells like something rotten and looks worse than he smells. He flinches when I reach out to touch his shoulder. 


He looks up at me, eyes bright with terror. Running down his chin is streaks of dried vomit and blood. My breath hitches in my throat. 

“Oh god, Rhys, what happened?” 

With shaking fingers, he scratches in the dirt the word LOOK. 

When he opens his mouth, he’s missing his tongue.

Homework Help: English: Macbeth Act 2-3 Quote Explanations

“Thou sure and firm-set earth, / Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear / Thy very stones prate of my whereabouts / And take the present horror from the time, / Which now suits with it” (2.1.69-73).

Context: Macbeth is talking to the earth, in a soliloquy. He is making his way to Duncan’s chamber to kill him at night.

Meaning: You hard ground, do not listen to the direction of my footsteps, as I am afraid that you will tell others of where I am going and take away with the sound of my footsteps the horror of this moment’s absolute silence, which now fits with the moment.

Significance: There are several possible meanings to this quote. Macbeth could be saying that the sound of his footsteps will spoil the horror-filled atmosphere of his murder, that sound will break his trance so he’ll lose his determination to kill Duncan, or just quite literally that sound will alert others to the fact that he is still walking about. If Macbeth is saying that sound will spoil the mood, then that is an example of metatheatre, which in a way, takes away from the gruesome details of the murder, as it somewhat breaks the forth wall and remind the listeners that Macbeth is only a character in a play. This quote contains apostrophe, as Macbeth is talking to an inanimate object, and personification


“Methought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! / Macbeth does murder sleep”—the innocent sleep, / Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care, / The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath, / Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, / Chief nourisher in life’s feast. / Still it cried, “Sleep no more!” to all the house… / “Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor / Shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more” (

Context: This quote is said by Macbeth to Lady Macbeth. Macbeth had just killed Duncan, and he and Lady Macbeth are discussing what he had done. Macbeth is horrified and imagines voices that speak of his evildoings.

Meaning: It seemed to me that I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! Macbeth murders sleep”— innocence sleep, sleep that fixes the tangled threads of care, marks the end of each day, cleanses our aching bodies, and soothes our hurt minds. Sleep is the main course of nature and the main nourishment of life, yet the voice still cried “Sleep no more!” all throughout the house… “The Thane of Glamis has murdered sleep, and therefore the Thane of Cawdor will no longer sleep. Macbeth will not sleep anymore.”

Significance: The line “sleep no more” follows the motif of ambiguity in that it can mean that Macbeth murders those who sleep, that Macbeth has literally murdered sleep, and that Macbeth murdered his own peaceful sleep, as his murder will haunt him, preventing him from sleeping. It is also interesting to note that Macbeth calls sleep the “death of each day’s life,” which could be referring to the fact that Macbeth has murdered Duncan in his sleep or that death is the final sleep. Sleep is also the second part of the day, so it is the second, or main, course of nature, while the time you’re awake is the appetizer. Later, Macbeth refers to himself using his three names, which could symbolize the three stages of his prophesy and his development. When Macbeth says that “Macbeth shall sleep no more,” this actually refers to when he is king, as kings and queens are called by their first names, such as King Macbeth. Therefore, Glamis could symbolize his past self, which he was before he killed Duncan, Cawdor could symbolize his current self, which is who killed Duncan, and Macbeth could refer to his future self. This follows the motif of three, as there were three witches and Hecate was commonly portrayed with three faces. Also, this shows Macbeth’s feelings of killing Duncan. He feels very guilty, worried, and paranoid, so much as that he believes he will never be able to sleep again. His sleep will disappear along with his innocence, as sleep is depicted as innocent and good. The witches punish people with lack of sleep, such as when they punished the sailor whose wife was mean with a lack of sleep. This quote contains many metaphors.


“By the’ clock ‘tis day, / And yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp. Is ‘t night’s predominance or the day’s shame / That darkness does the face of the earth entomb / When living light should kiss it?” (2.4.7-12).

Context: This quote is said by Ross to an old man. They exchanging accounts of recent unnatural happenings. It is the morning after Macbeth killed Duncan.

Meaning: According to the clock, it is day, but darkness blocks the sun. Is it dark because night has become more powerful than day, or because day is hiding its face in shame?

Significance: This quote relates to the motif of natural acting in unnatural ways in response to Macbeth’s crime, as killing goes against nature. Duncan’s horses ate each other; chimneys were blown down; there were earthquakes; strange screams of death could be heard throughout the night, and an owl attacked and ate a falcon. The owl and falcon section could also be symbolic as a falcon is considered to be much “worthier” than the small owl. People at this time believed that social standing was determined by God, so trying to usurp someone to put yourself in their place goes against the natural order of things. Kings were believed to also have been chosen by divine powers, so killing and usurping Duncan was especially heinous. The falcon could be representing King Duncan, while the owl, a bird often attributed to death, could represent witchcraft; therefore, this could be saying that witchcraft has killed Duncan. Also, night, which can represent evil, is taking over day, which is good and supposed to be predominate. The quote also follows the motif of darkness, as Macbeth had asked for darkness in Act 1 Scene 4 and Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5. The fact that it is dark, shows that the heavens had listened to the Macbeths’ request. This quote contains personification and metaphors. It also foreshadows the consequences of Duncan’s murder.


If ‘t be so, / For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind; / For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered; / Put rancors in the vessel of my peace / Only for them; and mine eternal jewel / Given to the common enemy of man, / To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings! / Rather than so, come fate into the list, / And champion me to th’ utterance” (3.1.69-77).

Context: Macbeth is talking to himself, in a soliloquy.

Meaning: If that’s true, then I have soiled my mind for Banquo’s descendants; I have murdered the compassionate Duncan for them. I have ruined my peace for their benefit and given my soul to the devil to make them, the sons on Banquo, kings. Instead of letting that happen, let fate come to the arena and fight me to the death.

Significance: The fact that it is not Macbeth’s descendants who will reign, but Banquo’s, show that Macbeth’s power-hungriness and scheming will amount to nothing good, but instead have negative repercussions on his person. Macbeth, who committed evil deeds, will be punished, while Banquo, who has been good and loyal to the king, will be rewarded. This quote also contains personification and metaphors.


“We have scorched the snake, not killed it. / She’ll close and be herself whilst out poor malice / Remains in danger of her former tooth. / But let the frame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer, / Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep / In the affliction of these terrible dreams / That shake us nightly. Better be with the dead, / Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace, / Than on the torture of the mind to lie / In restless ecstasy” (3.2.15-25).

Context: Macbeth is speaking to Lady Macbeth.

Meaning: We have hurt the snake, but have not killed it. The snake will heal and be good as new again while we, who have committed malicious acts that now seem weak and ineffective, remain in danger of the snake’s poisoned fang that grew back to what is was before it was hurt. But I’d let the structure of everything fall apart and heaven and Earth perish before we eat our meals in fear and spend out nights tossing and turning from the plague of nightmares that haunt us every night. It is better to be with the dead, whom we have killed and put to rest in order to secure our peace, than to lie with tortured minds in a frenzy of sleeplessness.

Significance: The snake represent the Macbeths’ enemies. Although Macbeth had already became king, through killing Duncan, is spot at kingship is only temporarily secured, and he could be toppled by the other “snakes.” The fear of being realized as Duncan’s murderer and overthrown prevents him from properly enjoying his kingship. He decides that he rather destroy the world than continue to live in fear, which indicates the reign of terror that Scotland will fall under.

I drank a cup of coffee this morning, for the first time in almost a month. Maybe you’d be proud: you never liked how much coffee I drank anyway. I was reminded distinctly of you, the taste of coffee just like how it’d taste as I’d walk along the wide sidewalks of our school, when there was not as much between us and we’d sit in the library together and work on chemistry.

I delete the email you sent me, because I don’t know, and I ignored your messages because I am a lying coward. I did everything before because I didn’t want to hurt you, and I’m doing everything now because I must. I’m not sure if I was ever truly happy, but I’m sure you were, so maybe it was worth it. I hope it was.

All the best love.