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Ellen B.
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Writing
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Question:

Write an introductory paragraph for the essay prompt: how does St. Augustine define the nature of time within his famous work 'Confessions'?

Ellen B.
Answer:

In Confessions, the central problem Augustine debates is the matter of discovering the truth about human nature and making sense of a life. Superficially, Confessions acts as a record of Augustine’s sins and his efforts to praise God, but to stop at this cursory understanding negates the importance of Augustine’s reflections on time and how it moderates human daily life. In this essay, the course of discussion will be as follows: initial reflections on the central problem, an examination of how this issue leads him to worry about the nature of time and thus how he understands memory, then a definition of time by Augustine’s standards and its measurement, finally a discussion on the grand schematic role time plays in understanding Confessions and a comparison of Aristotle’s methods with those of Augustine.

Anthropology
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Question:

Discuss the main topics of discussion presented in ethnographer Keith H. Basso's "Wisdom Sits in Places: Language Among the Western Apache".

Ellen B.
Answer:

The primary point presented in Basso's profile of the Western Apache method of place-making is the value this culture embeds in the landscape their ancestors first discovered. Basso spends the majority of his time recounting personal experiences he had with Apache story tellers and historians, as well as friends and colleagues, which led to insights into a culture that is deeply rooted in the belief that the land around us tells stories that teach us lessons and keep us from repeating the mistakes of the past. The Western Apache use these places as methods for scolding other members of their community with a simple verbal reminder of the place which should serve as evidence of that person's wrongdoing. So powerful is their experience of places that the mere title of a location is enough to radically alter a person's behavior. Penultimately, scholars studying Basso's work will discover that, even beyond the landscape of the Western Apache, the places our experiences define as significant remain as geographical memories fixated with near permanence in our minds.

Algebra
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Question:

(x-5)/((x+6)=20; solve for x

Ellen B.
Answer:

x-5=20(x+6) x-5=20x+60 -19x=65 x=-19/65

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