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151 murder is bad and yet Hamlet showing restraint in murdering his uncle is considered his 'tragic flaw'?...

152 a man who is a traffic cop gets his license suspended for unpaid parking tickets...

153 Holden Caulfield describes himself as illiterate though his best subject is English and he loves to read....

154 Finally, he answered with some lame excuse. I'm still not sure exactly what the problem was. Repeat scenario. Add water and stir....

155 In a book, a thief is dating a cop?

156 in the book "Jane Eyre," Jane gets annoyed with Ms. Ingram for needing to impress people, when later she shows us that she has a strong desire to impress as well....

157 A grammatically incorrect sentence on an exam paper warning that points will be deducted for poor spelling and grammar....

158 you write a book about creativity and invent interviews from famous people to support your work?...

159 Sarah won a Justin Bieber concert ticket from her local radio station. This ticket gave her assess to an exclusive VIP concert seat. Immediately after Sarah won the tickets, she became ecstatic! She pictured herself in the finest clothes, being driven in a limousine, with everyone whispering about how beautiful she was. She would be the most popular and beautiful girl of the evening. The evening of the concert would be the best time of her life! Sarah told her mother about the ticket and asked for a new outfit and limousine service for the concert. When Sarah's mother learned that she had won a single ticket, Sarah's mother suggested that Sarah wear some of the beautiful clothes that she already owned and sell the VIP ticket. The profit would allow Sarah to buy two front row tickets that she and her best friend Lauren could enjoy. Sarah's mother also suggested that instead of renting a limousine, Lauren's mother could drive the girls to the concert. Convinced that her mother did not understand the importance of the evening, Sarah rejected her mother's suggestions and asked again for a new outfit and a limousine to drive her to and from the concert. Sarah insisted on buying clothes that her mother could not afford. She did not care that her mother could not afford the clothes because this was going to be the best time of her life! On the night of the concert, Sarah's limousine driver was a very old woman who only allowed soft classical music to be played in her limousine. Sarah's VIP section was so exclusive that she was the only person in it and the driver was in such a rush to get home that drove Sarah home directly after Justin's last song. No one saw Sarah's outfit. The night did not turn out the way Sarah had intended. To make matters worse, her mother had to get an evening job to pay off the debt of Sarah's new outfit and limousine service. Now, Sarah will be stuck in the house with her older brother, who teases and annoys her, every evening, for the next 10 months....

160 Maya Angelou is often cited as the source for a quotation which begins: "people will forget what you said."...

161 A boy whose father abandoned him and sent him to Cuba to constantly gazes across the sea wishing he could see all the way to Cuba to see his father. Later, as an adult, he is captured and imprisoned during the Bay of Pigs invasion, after which he gazes out to sea wishing he could see all the way back to Miami....

162 Daniel Defoe, a man, is often credited with starting the feminist movement?...

163 "...when he [ a "mould runner" ] inquired how he was to light the fire his master kicked him jovially on the thigh and suggested that he should ask another mould-runner . His master was not a bad man at heart , it was said, but on tuesdays , after sunday and saint monday , masters were apt to be capricious"...

164 Studying psychology can make one crazy?

165 A jellyfish is described using the following words: "It floated cheerfully as a bubble with its long deadly purple filaments trailing a yard behind it in the water."...

166 our teacher defines irony as "incongruity between what happens and what is expected to happen", hands us a book of short stories and tells us that they all have ironic endings, thus making us expect ironic endings?...

167 Is a double entendre necessarily ironic?

168 a boy does not want to take a test if he is pressured by society to do so. But once society says that he must take the test or quit being a smarty pants, he decides to take the test. This is for a story I am writing....

169 A woman says she has been the recipient of anonymous e-mail message when ironically she is the one creating the anonymous messages sent to herself and others....

170 Tom Sawyer in Huckleberry Finn forced the members of his gang sign an oath in blood and swear not to divulge the group's secrets, but when a boy threatens to betray that promise, Tom simply offers him a bribe....

171 people in a book are trying to destroy a prison and after being caught they're put there themselves?...

172 you are writing a dissertation on vampires, and it becomes so taxing that it just sucks the life out of you...

173 In a novel, two brothers announce their intention to murder a man to everyone who happens to pass their way for an entire morning. A third of the people they meet support their decision, a third try to warn the potential victim, but fail, for various reasons, and a final third attempt to stop the brothers, but for whatever reason, fail. Finally, the brothers hide next to the front door of their target, only to discover that the man, finding his front door inconvenient, in general chooses to leave through the back door of his home....

174 the moor is dark beneath the moon?

175 Is it ironic that "another scheme I had was to translate some songs from French into English, but no one wanted to sing them?"...