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A Brave New World Study Questions

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What is the World State’s Motto?
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Community, Identity, Stability
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Why is the Director leading the students through the Hatchery?
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To give them a tour before they start work
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What is the year? When would this be, using our present dating system?
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632 A.F, 2495
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How are people classified?
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Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon
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What is the Bokanovsky Process?
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An egg will bud, proliferate, and divide. From eight to ninety-six buds, every bud will grow into a perfectly formed embryo and then into a full-sized adult.
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How are the bottled embryos moved during their gestation periods?
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On racks through the metres on conveyor belts
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Why are some females allowed a normal, sexual development? What percentage?
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They want to have a good choice and olf course one must always have an enormous margin of safety; 30%
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What had happened when the maturation process had been shortened?
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The class in which the egg is in is lowered. They have a child like mind.
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How does the introduction of Henry Foster give a businesslike feeling to the Hatchery procedure?
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It made him seem like he was a very busy man; and stating his facts showed he knew what he was talk about.
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What does Lenina’s reaction to the Director’s familiarity show about their relationship?
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It shoes they’re comfortable with each other, its not all business.
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What is the age and social group of the infants being conditioned?
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Eight/nine month old–Deltas
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What is the first conditioning mechanism used? The second?
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FLowers and Books W/ explosions & shock
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Why must the lower groups be conditioned to go to the country?
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to compel them to consume transport
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What words have become “dirty words”?
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Parents–Mother, Father
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How is Reuben Rabinovitch able to repeat the G. B. Shaw lecture?
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By hypnopaedia
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Why were early sleep-teaching experiments abandoned?
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The information was memorized by the information was not utilized.
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When was hypnopaedia first used successfully?
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214 A. F.
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How often is each hypnopaedic lesson repeated to be successful?
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120 times 3 times a week for 30 months
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The director says that wordless conditioning is crude and wholesale. What reasons does he give for this?
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It cannot bring how finer distinctions; cannot inculcate the more complex courses of behavior; “It doesn’t mean anything”
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WHose suggestions are incorporated into the children’s minds?
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Our suggestions (suggestions from the state)
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What are the only new games the Controllers now approve? Why?
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Controllers won’t approve of any new game unless it can be show that it requires at least as much apparatus as most complicated of existing games.
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Who is the stranger who appears and startles the Director?
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Mustapha Mond
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What has been advised for Fanny Corwne to relieve her depression?
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A pregnancy substitute
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What has been advised for Fanny Crowne to relieve her depression?
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A pregnancy substitute
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What other name is Our Ford known by? When is that name used?
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Our Freud; whenever he spoke of psychological matters
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What does Controller Mustapha Mond talk about that shocks the students?
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He was raised normally with a family.
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Why is Fanny worried about Lenina’s habits?
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Because the DHC objects to anything intense or long-drawn
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Why is Bernard shunned by most people?
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He is an Alpha plus with distorted features like a gamma and he doesn’t like obstacle golf.
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What is the purpose of Lenina’s Malthusian belt? Why must she wear it?
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It was a surrogate cartridge belt with a supply of contraceptives.
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What is soma?
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Drug that makes you happy.
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Where is Lenina when she tries to discuss the New Mexico trip with Bernard?
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The lift
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Why is Bernard embarrassed by Lenina’s conversation?
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Because it was in front of many other alpha plus males
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What is the difference in the way Bernard and Lenina look at the warm blue sky when they reach the roof?
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Bernard is into the essence; Lenina put its beauty to relevance with obstacle golf
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When Benito sees that Bernard is in bad temper, what does he offer?
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A gramme of soma
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What does Lenina say during the flight with Henry that demonstrates she is a true product of conditioning?
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“What a hideous color khaki is.”
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How does Bernard treat those of lower caste than he is? Why?
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He is not as tall as an Alpha plus should be so he is sharp and shots at the lower caste workers.
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What caste is Helmholtz? What is his job?
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Alpha plus; lecture at the college of emotional engineering
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What does Watson compare words to? Explain the comparison.
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X-rays, they can pierce anything
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What does Watson quietly feel about his friend Bernard?
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He feels sorry for him, he wishes Bernard had more self-esteem
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In what type of housing are the lower castes? Ho are Alphas and Betas housed?
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The lower castes were in barracks, the Alphas & Betas were in smaller houses
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What is done with the dead in the New World?
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They were cremated
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How does Lenina demonstrate that her childhood conditioning has been effective?
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When she calls them “nasty little Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilon” and “I’m glad I am not an Epsilon”
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What does Lenina ask Henry about as she is getting ready to sleep with him?
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Where he had bought the belt.
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When must Bernard attend his Solidarity meetings?
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Alternate Thursdays
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How many people are in each Solidarity Group? How are they seated?
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12; man, women, man
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Why is Bernard unhappy about sitting next to Morgana Rothschild?
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She had a gross unibrow
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What ritual is performed during the First Solidarity Hymn?
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A cup of strawberry ice cream soma was passed around and each repeated, “I drink to my annihilation.”
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How does the Solidarity Group meeting end?
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They sang the “Orgy Porgy” Hymn
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How does Bernard feel after the meeting?
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He was miserably isolated now; separate and unatoned; much more alone and hopeless
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To what does Henry Foster compare Bernard?
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A rhinocerous
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What does Bernard want Lenina to do on their first afternoon their first afternoon together?
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He just wants to relax and talk
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When Bernard and Lenina meet her friends in Amsterdam, how does he behave?
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Very conditioned and selfish
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How does Bernard frighten Lenina during their return over the Channel?
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He stopped the propellors to show her the sea but dark weather had sprung up
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What is the Director’s attitude toward Bernard’s trip tot he Reservation?
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He was surprised; it brought back many memories to him
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What does the Director sometimes dream about regarding his experience at the Reservation?
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Of being woken up by that peal of thunder and finding her gone
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How does the Director threaten Bernard for his reported behavior?
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To transfer him to the sub-centre in Iceland
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What are Bernard’s only thoughts during the Warden’s lecture?
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About how he left his Eau de Cologne tap on
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How does Bernard react when he hears the DIrector has made good on his threat of exile?
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He was shocked and wondered what it would be like
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Why doesn’t Lenina like the Indian guide?
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He was queer very queer and he smells
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To what does Lenina compare the tope of the mesa?
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Charing-T Tower
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What shocks Lenina about the old man?
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He was an “aged” type of old
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How does Bernard try to appear strong and brave?
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By acting very nonchalant
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Of what do the drums remind Lenina?
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The “Orgy Porgy” Hymn
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How does the new Savage appear different?
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His hair was straw colored, his eyes a pale blue, and his skin white and bronzed
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What about Lenina fascinates the blonde Indian?
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That he wanted to be hit with the whip
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Why is Bernard so excited with the answers the Savage gives to his questions?
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Because he knew about their civilized life
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Why was Linda segregated by the rest of the pueblo?
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She was with everyone’s husbands
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What can the reader infer Linda hopes will happen now?
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That she will be returned to the civilized world
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What is one of John’s earliest memories?
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His mom signing to him then waking to a man yelling at Linda
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What do the women do to Linda in the weaving Room? Why?
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They push her and yell at her because she doesn’t know how to weave.
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How do the women punish Linda for her promiscuity?
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They whip her
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When John called Linda “mother”, what does she do? What does he always call her after that?
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She slaps him, from then he calls her Linda
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Why does John often turn to the old men of the tribe?
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They give him definite answers.
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Why is John always in ragged clothes? What is his solace?
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His mother doesn’t know how to mend them. He can read and others cant
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What book does Popé bring for John?
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Shakespeare
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What does Mitisma teach John?
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He teaches him to work clay
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What does John do when he is denied the initiation rite?
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He doesn’t eat for 5 days and goes to the mountain by himself
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When Bernard offers to take John to London, what does John ask?
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If Linda can go with and if he is married to Lenina
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How does Lenina handle the disgust of her visit to the Reservation when she returns to the guest home?
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She takes 6 tablets of soma and slept for 18 hours
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Does Bernard sleep? Why?
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No because he goes to Santa Fé for business
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Whom does Bernard called from Santa Fé? Why?
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Mustapha Mond, to see if he can bring John and Linda back
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What does Mond do when he receives Bernard’s call?
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He sends the necessary orders to the Warden of the Reservation
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Why does Bernard treat the Warden the way he does?
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To show his worth
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How does John feel when he comes to the rest home?
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He was upset, crying
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Why does John break the window?
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He saw Lenina’s bag and wanted to see her things
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How does John handle Lenina’s clothes and make-up?
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He handles them like something very precious
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What causes John to leave?
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He heard the growing buzzing noise of the helicopter.