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Stephanie C.
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Writing
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Question:

What is the best way to write a lengthy (8+ page) paper? What is the best way to organize it to get it done quickly and get a good grade?

Stephanie C.
Answer:

There is no "magic" solution to writing a paper of any length that will work for every single paper. Each teacher will have different requirements and expectations, and what works for one student in terms of actual writing as well as paper organization may not be the best solution for another. What IS applicable for all students is the following: 1. Get started early. Do not wait until the last minute to get started on a lengthy paper project, as this will only cause unnecessary stress. By getting started early, you can break down the project into smaller, more easily managed chunks to get it done. 2. Figure out your argument. What is the prompt asking? What are you supposed to do - answer a question? Refute a statement? Once you determine what is being asked, go ahead and come up with a preliminary answer. It is totally ok to start with one preliminary answer and by the time you finish your paper, have another answer. What matters is having an answer to guide any research you may have to do and the overall flow of your paper. 3. Make a plan. Planning out your paper is a critical step in getting it done quickly and relatively easily. In doing so, you can find where your weaker spots (if there are any) are and can work on strengthening those or eliminating them, whichever you choose. It also helps you organize the way in which you will "prove" your argument(s) and makes the writing process itself much faster. If you have a physical plan, as you write you can go along and check items off as you complete them and see just how much progress you are making. 4. Start. The hardest thing about finishing something in life is actually starting it, so get started. If you have a plan, know what your argument is, and have started early enough, the writing process will be much smoother than you may expect.

US Government and Politics
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Question:

What are the Constitutional elements that prevent one part of the US government from growing too strong? What do they do?

Stephanie C.
Answer:

The two primary elements that serve to prevent any one part of the US government from becoming too strong are the system of checks and balances and federalism. The checks and balances system is seen in the existence of three separate branches of government (judicial, legislative, executive) and it separates power between those three, pitting one branch against the others for authority in order to prevent any one branch from having too much power. Federalism is the system of dividing power between the different levels of government, primarily federal and state insofar as the Constitution is concerned. It is most clearly evident in the Tenth Amendment, which assigns authority for issues not specifically enumerated (written out) in the Constitution to the state governments to delegate and deal with as they see proper.

US History
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Question:

What led to US involvement in World War Two?

Stephanie C.
Answer:

Following the devastation of World War One, the United States overall was not keen for another massively destructive war. This isolationist attitude carried on through the start of World War Two in Europe up until December 7, 1941. On that morning, Japanese fighter aircraft launched a surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, HI, causing over 2400 deaths and several more injuries. This attack, caused generally in response to US economic restrictions on Japanese trade, struck the American psyche so hard that there really was no other options but to declare war on Japan. This was done on December 8, and three days later, the Japanese allies Germany and Italy declared war on the US, who responded in kind.

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