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Subject: Writing

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Answer the following prompt using any examples and/or evidence to support your stance: Which is more important - talent or hard work?

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I truly believe that hard work can overcome any and all obstacles. While it may be advantageous to have a natural talent for some skill, the pride and sense of achievement that come at mastering a certain activity is unparalleled. I, personally, faced a time where I wished to learn a new skill, and ultimately had to put in much more effort than I expected. When I was 10 years old, I happened to overhear an instrument being played while walking down the hallway of the music corridor in my elementary school. I was immediately transfixed, and moved closer to the origin of the sound. When I peeked into a room, I saw a boy playing a violin, and became so enraptured with the music that emanated that I was startled when a music instructor tapped my shoulder. She asked if I was enrolled in the orchestra program at the school, and when I said no, she asked if I would be interested in joining. I eagerly said yes and took home all the forms my mom and I would need to fill out that night. From that moment on, I became obsessed with the violin. I would look up as many YouTube videos that existed of violinists playing, and I spent all of my free time during the school day near the music rooms so that I could listen to the music that flowed from any violins. However, I was in for a rude awakening when I came to realize that I was not good at playing the violin - at all. The excitement I felt at receiving my first violin sadly diminished when I began to struggle at all aspects of music. I was unable to read even simple sheet music, made mistakes in finger placement, and most of all, was unable to tune my own violin by ear. This last skill was one I really wanted to master, because I wished to practice my violin at home, but was not able to do so because it was out of tune most times. struggled not only a Whether it be learning how to cook, ice skate, act, etc., hard wor

Subject: Basic Math

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Sam made a 15% profit for selling a custom designed motorcycle, and the original cost of the motorcycle was $15,000. How much did the motorcycle sell for?

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This problem can be solved by creating a mathematical expression: original cost + (% profit)(original cost) = selling amount, where original cost = 15,000 % profit = 15% = 0.15, 15,000 + (0.15)(15,000) = 17,250. Thus, Sam sold the motorcycle for $17,250.

Subject: English

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For his age, the man was surprisingly __________. At 31 years old, most individuals expects the father to be steady and predictable in nature. Which of the following choices would best 1) fill in the blank, and 2) make this sentence grammatically correct? A. 1) stationary; 2) change "to be" to "is" B. 1) constant; 2) change "to be" to "is" C. 1) immutable; 2) change "expects" to "expected" D. 1) fluctuating; 2) change "expects" to "expecting" E. 1) mercurial; 2) change "expects" to "expected" F. 1) fickle ; 2) change "to be" to "is"

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The answer to this question is E. 1) mercurial; 2) change "expects" to "expected". When given a question regarding vocabulary and grammar, it is best to tackle one aspect at a time. This statement will have some sort of contrast within it, and we know this by looking at the words used. We are told that the man is "surprisingly" something, and that most people would think that he would actually be "steady and predictable" for his age. The word "surprisingly" tells us that this particular man is the opposite of "steady and predictable". As such, we are looking for an antonym of these two words. We can automatically eliminate choices A. and B., as the words "stationary" and "constant" are similar to "steady" and "predictable". We are now left with four choices. Options C., D., E., and F. may contain words that some people may not recognize. When faced with this kind of a question, it is best to then tackle the second aspect: grammar. Looking at the different choices, we see two different verbs are being called into question - "expects" and "to be". When in doubt, simply replace the verb with the choice given and read the sentence to see if it makes sense. "At 31 years old, most individuals expects the father is steady and predictable in nature." When "to be" is replaced with "is," the sentence is not grammatically correct. In fact, it sounds even worse than before, so we know choice F. cannot be correct. "At 31 years old, most individuals expecting the father to be steady and predictable in nature." When "expects" is replaced with "expecting," the sentence is not grammatically correct. Once again, the new sentence does not sound any better than the original one, so we can eliminate choice D. "At 31 years old, most individuals expected the father to be steady and predictable in nature." When "expects" is replaced with "expected," the sentence sounds much more natural. We can deduce that either choice C. or E. will be the answer. We can now go back and examine the word choices given. Because we are looking for an antonym of "steady" and "predictable," the best answer is choice E., where "mercurial" means "subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind". Option C. is incorrect because "immutable" means "not capable of or susceptible to change," which would imply that an immutable person is probably one who is stable or steady in nature.

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