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  • Learn Spanish on Shmoop
    Hi, Shmoopers, Do you usually answer the question ¿Hablas español? with a tentative…¿Sí? Yeah, that’s what we thought. And we want to turn that into a resounding ¡Claro que sí!—so we’ve put together complete curriculum in Spanish I. We’ll take you from cero to héroe as you learn the Spanish language while also soaking up the culture of various […]
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  • 8 Portraits of Famous Fathers from Literature
    Happy Father’s Week, Shmoopers! As we get ready for Dad’s Day on Sunday (you’re welcome for the reminder), we decided to draw a few portraits of literary dads to hang on our walls. We skipped Atticus since we already have a life-sized cut-out of Gregory Peck, but we hope we did justice to the rest. Victor […]
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  • 3 Ways to Turn Summer Reading into Pleasure Reading
    Hey there, Shmoopers! We know: you’re antsy for summer break. You can practically feel the sun on your shoulders and hear the ocean waves calling your name… Oh wait. That’s just your teacher waking you up. (Come on, buddy. Third time this week.) What’s the wake-up call this time? Summer reading assignments. Yep, all you want […]
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  • Crunch-time ACT Tips
    Hey Shmoopers, Our calendars are telling us that a few Saturdays from now will be a big day for a bunch of you. That’s right: it’s the second ACT test day of the school year. With about a week left to study, you probably know everything there is to know about the content of the exam (…right?), […]
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  • 6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Internet
    Hi, Shmoopers, As the school year winds down, everyone’s starting to get antsy for summer. That means it’s harder than ever to focus—and easier than ever to fall down the internet rabbit hole. And while we’re sure you can find the perfect gif for any occasion without blinking an eye, do you know how the internet…works? […]
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  • What Does Shakespeare Sound Like in Modern English?
    Hi, Shmoopers, You already know Shmoop as your home for all things Shakespeare. Now we’ve added another treat to the mix: Shakespeare in Modern English. The way we see it, reading a modern English version of Shakespeare just isn’t the same. But, uh, not understanding what on earth he’s saying? Not so great either. We’ve got […]
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  • 7 Historical Texts You Never Knew Existed
    Hi, Shmoopers, Did Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination actually start World War I? Why did Nixon write an entire speech about a dog? And how is “Ich bin ein Berliner” even pronounced? These are questions you’ve asked yourself a zillion times. Or, you know, never. With Shmoop’s new Learning Guides for Historical Texts, you can dive […]
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  • Test Your Dr. Seuss Knowledge
    Hey, Shmoopers! You’ve purchased twenty-seven copies of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! to give as graduation gifts…but when’s the last time you actually read a book by Dr. Seuss? Yeah, that’s what we thought. As you look back on your high school career (or look forward to whatever’s left of it), why not go on a […]
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  • Name That Sequel
    Hey, Shmoopers, We want to test your knowledge of sequels. So take a break from shipping Thomas and Teresa, and see how well you know your YA dystopian thrillers. Good luck—and don’t let the tracker jackers sting. How Well Do You Know Your YA Dystopian Thriller Sequels? Name the sequel to each of the following books: 1. The Hunger […]
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  • 5 Foolproof* Ways to Score a 5 on Your AP Exams
    Hey, Shmoopers, ‘Tis the season to be panicky: yep, we’re talking about AP® Season. Things get started soon, which means you have just enough time to get your act together. 5 Foolproof* Ways to Score a 5 on Your AP Exams 1. Make Educated Guesses on Multiple-Choice Questions There’s no penalty for incorrect answers on […]
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  • The Future of Earth Day: 8 New Celebrations That Are Out of This World
    Hey, Shmoopers, Earth Day—or Mirth Day, as we like to call it—is tomorrow. Started in 1970, Earth Day is meant to get everyone on board with saving the environment: planting trees, thinking about renewable energy, recycling our Oreo sleeves…all to delay our inevitable planetary extinction.  While we were sitting in the dark conserving electricity, we imagined what celebratory […]
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  • Animal Farm Quiz
    Hey, Shmoopers, Everyone’s read Animal Farm, right? If you haven’t, go ahead and do it. We’ll wait. Okay, fully traumatized and convinced that pigs are going to take over the world? Great. Now we’re going to see how well you know your Animal Farm symbolism. Take our quiz below to prove your Orwellian chops. Test […]
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  • The AP Seder Plate
    Hey, Shmoopers, We’re celebrating Passover…while we study for the APs that kick off in less than two weeks. Modern Jews celebrate Passover with a Seder—a ceremonial dinner—which commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. During the Seder, the Seder plate holds various symbolic foodstuffs and plays a big part in the rituals. So while we were procrastinating—er, […]
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  • 13 Novels That Deserve a Zombie Mash-Up
    Hey, Shmoopers, It is a truth universally acknowledged that people love zombie fiction. Seth Grahame-Smith’s book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, even got the big-screen treatment. We started to wonder: what other books should get the zombie treatment? We racked our brains—before they get devoured—and here’s what we came up with. 13 Novels That Deserve a Zombie Mash-Up 1. The […]
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  • 6 Fun Tax-Related Facts
    Hey, Shmoopers, It’s April. We’ve turned our clocks forward and eaten Creme Eggs till we dropped, but it doesn’t feel like spring has truly sprung until the first tender growth bursts from the frozen ground, claws its way out of the soil, and takes about a third of your income. We’re talking about the IRS. […]
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  • 6 Extension Activities for History
    Hey, Teach, As an educator, you’re familiar with the following types of student: “Boom! I’m finished!”: The student who does an assignment in five minutes, throws their pencil on the table with flair, and goes to sleep. “I’m failing…is there anything I could do for extra credit?” …Yup. “I don’t feel intellectually challenged enough; do […]
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  • 6 Movies That Should Have Gotten the Franchise Treatment
    Hey, Shmoopers, The box office makes approximately a zillion dollars every weekend, and we here at Shmoop have been rethinking our career choices. Maybe we should have tried to be directors or producers or even key grips…whatever those are. In any case, a much-anticipated sequel (think Star Wars) often leads the pack, which got us thinking: why don’t more […]
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  • How to Pay for College
    Hi, Shmoopers! The clock is ticking for you to decide which college will be graced with your presence next fall. But we have a sneaking suspicion that, as you make your decision, you’ll also be wondering how in the world to pay for it. The deposit you send in with your decision is only the beginning—the tuition, room and board, […]
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  • The Top 12 Things The Giver Has Taught Us About Life
    Hi Shmoopers, We’re reflecting on one of our fave books, The Giver, so let’s get in the mood by having our own Ceremony of Twelve. Or as we like to call it…  The Top 12 Things The Giver Has Taught Us About Life                     1. Colors are […]
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  • 12 April Fools’ Day Tricks from History
    Hey, Shmoopers, April Fools’ Day has a long, storied history. Archeologists recently discovered a cave painting in western Asia depicting a caveman dressed in the skin of a saber-toothed tiger sneaking up on another to scare him for laughs. Dating back to 38,000 BCE, this prank began an annual tradition roughly translated into English as Stupid […]
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  • 8 Symbols of Light That Have Burned Into Our Brains
    Hey, Shmoopers, We thought it would be a good time to celebrate some symbols of light that have burned into our brains. We’ll give you the rundown on eight of our faves and show you the light.  8 Symbols of Light That Have Burned Into Our Brains 1. The Green Light in The Great Gatsby Who […]
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  • 6 Movies That Deviate from Text to Screen
    Hi, Shmoopers, We’re always looking forward to a book-to-movie adaptation, even if the movie trailer and its source material have less in common than a walrus and a carpenter. But, hey, differences can inject some spice into what might otherwise be a pretty stale movie. Here are six other movies that deviate from the text on the page…with varying levels of success. […]
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  • 8 Common Grammar Mistakes and Why You Should Avoid Them
    Hey, Shmoopers, Whether you are a grammar stickler or you hate grammar sticklers, it’s good to know when you need to be on point and when you can play a little fast and loose with those pesky rules. Our Grammar Guides will let you in on grammar’s biggest secrets while still helping you pass your […]
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  • 7 Classic Books Brought to Life
    Ever wondered what Jay Gatsby looks like when he isn’t being played by Leo? Trying to map Holden’s travels in The Catcher in the Rye? Not sure what a Nazgûl actually is? Shmoop infographics have all the answers. 7 Classic Books Brought to Life   Lord of the Flies What the stink is a conch? Hint: it’s not the nickname […]

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