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Writing
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Question:

Topic sentences are important devices in writing. What is the purpose of a topic sentence in an essay or research paper?

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Answer:

Topic sentences help keep the reader up to speed. It is easy to get lost in a research paper, especially if it is very long. A topic sentence explains what the paragraph will be about and connects back to the main thesis. Topic sentences are not always necessary, but they are a great way to create the backbone of a well-written paper.

Literature
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Question:

Race is perhaps the most prevalent theme in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel, Americanah. How does the insertion of a foreign body (Ifemelu, the main character) into American society illustrate the notion of race as a social construct?

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Answer:

The idea of race as a social construct has been alive for many years. Based on scientific evidence, one can conclude that race was invented to exploit certain categories of people based on the color of their skin. In Nigeria, Ifemelu does not experience race in the same way as when she begins her life in the United States. One can argue that she "becomes black" upon her entrance into U.S. culture. This experience of "becoming black" means that she must be insulted by certain language and stereotypes and act in certain ways to protect herself. The shock that Ifemelu feels upon her arrival in America validates the idea of race as a social construct because it is not present in every society in the same way.

English
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Question:

Please explain what is incorrect about this sentence: Maria studied for hours before their Geometry test.

Alexandra C.
Answer:

The pronoun does not agree with its antecedent in this sentence. "Their" needs to be replaced with "her."

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