Tutor.com Reading Comprehension Session

Mar. 20, 2012

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Session Transcript - English - Literature, 3/13/2012 8:40PM - Tutor.comSession Date: 3/13/2012 8:40PM
Length: 19.6 minute(s)
Subject: English - Literature


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[00:00:00] *** Please note: All sessions are recorded for quality control. ***

Jessica (Customer)
[00:00:00] explain the quote. "He figures it's his fault his woman died. He's all the time makin' it up to somebody - givin' kids stuff, droppin' a sack a meal on somebody's porch." (grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck)

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:00:27] Hi. Welcome to Tutor.com . It looks like you're working on a Steinbeck assignment.
[00:00:35] How can I help you with this quote?

Jessica (Customer)
[00:00:35] hi yes
[00:00:42] i dont understand what it means

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:00:57] What part of the book is it from?

Jessica (Customer)
[00:01:15] chapter 8

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:01:37] Is this quote a part of a larger assignment you are working on?

Jessica (Customer)
[00:01:52] no

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:02:09] Are you reading it right now, and this quote has you stuck?

Jessica (Customer)
[00:02:17] no
[00:02:23] i have to explain the quote
[00:02:27] i don't know what it means

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:02:47] What do you have to explain the quote for? I'm trying to understand how best to help you.

Jessica (Customer)
[00:02:54] how is the quote important?
[00:02:59] quote analysis..
[00:03:07] i mean why is the quote important*

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:03:36] Give me a few minutes to research the quote and see what I can find to help you. Ok?

Jessica (Customer)
[00:04:24] okay

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:06:03] I'm working on this...
[00:06:16] Ok. To start...
[00:06:30] Can you tell me who the "he" in the quote is?

Jessica (Customer)
[00:07:05] i believe Casy

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:07:22] Try again.

Jessica (Customer)
[00:08:12] john ??

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:08:28] Uncle John?

Jessica (Customer)
[00:08:30] yes

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:08:37] Why do you say Uncle John?

Jessica (Customer)
[00:08:58] it says his name in the text...
[00:09:17] "uncle john brings a doctor out. pa finally tol' him he got to stop...."

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:09:39] You're right. I just wanted to make sure you knew why.
[00:09:57] What was the story that Tom relates about Uncle John? Can you sum it up?

Jessica (Customer)
[00:11:44] he talks about how he's a good farmer and keeps his land nice. despite being a simple man, he takes things hard - for a sin..
[00:11:47] they're religious

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:12:40] What about the story Tom tell about Uncle John and his wife?
[00:12:59] tells

Jessica (Customer)
[00:13:31] he had a young wife, married ffour months
[00:13:39] stomacheache

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:13:46] right
[00:13:48] keep going

Jessica (Customer)
[00:14:16] some pin busted in her,
[00:14:36] every time one of the kids got worms or a gutache, uncle john brings a doctor out
[00:14:47] he always makes it up to someone
[00:15:15] everything has has, but he isnt a happy man.. walks around alone at night sometimes.

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:15:31] Ok. So let's fill in a gap here.
[00:15:40] His wife had a stomach ache.
[00:16:01] He always called for a doctor when the kids were sick.

Jessica (Customer)
[00:16:01] she died at 4am
[00:16:11] i mean afternoon
[00:16:14] pm*
[00:16:15] lol

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:16:25] It's okay.
[00:16:33] Did he call a doctor for his sick wife, too?

Jessica (Customer)
[00:16:50] no

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:17:10] So she died.
[00:17:18] How does he feel about her death?

Jessica (Customer)
[00:17:36] he walks around like he doesnt see anything and prays
[00:17:45] he wanted to be left alone

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:18:12] Why do you think he's behaving that way after his wife's death? Aside from grieving.

Jessica (Customer)
[00:18:33] he feels guilty for not doing or bring a doctor out

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:18:44] That's right!
[00:19:03] So take a look at the quote on whiteboard again and see if it makes any sense yet. Ok?

Jessica (Customer)
[00:19:10] it makes sense now
[00:19:14] I got it! Thanks!

Jennifer S (Tutor)
[00:19:17] Awesome!