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Subject: Microsoft Excel

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I have a list of 100 individuals and the schools that they are currently attending. I need to include the addresses of their schools, but the idea of looking up each school and typing out their addresses is a little daunting.

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A VLOOKUP would most likely be the best tool for you to use. First step: organize a new table (on a separate worksheet is usually easiest) with the list of schools in one column and their addresses in another. It should be two columns long. Make sure to include all the schools that appear on your initial list, but only include them once. Here's a really simple way of thinking about the VLOOKUP formula. What you have, where the information you want is located, which column the information is that you want, and what kind of match you want. Second step: use that thinking to input the formula. An example of how that cell's formula would look like is this =VLOOKUP(A2,Table1,2,0). A2 holds the information that you have (e.g. the school name), Table1 is the location of the information you want, 2 is the column that holds the information that you want (the school address), and 0 means you want an exact match.

Subject: Writing

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I have an essay prompt asking me to explain the themes of space and identity in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. I don't know where to start.

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My first suggestion would be to go back through the text and find moments where space and identity are explored. For example, there are passages throughout the novel that speak about Clarissa Dalloway's house and her relationship to that space as well as perceptions she has about her own thoughts. After all, the novel is called Mrs. Dalloway, not Clarissa. After going through the passages, try to figure out ideas that connect those themes. Think of implications and connected subjects. For example, Clarissa's role in the house isn't just about being the mistress. Her role is tied to domesticity, service, and thus, also the identity and roles of her servants. Her role is inherently based in her space -- what about outside of the home? How does carry herself or identify herself? As Mrs. Dalloway, as an extension of her husband. What is your argument? What are you trying to prove? For example, maybe these excerpts and ideas resonate as themes around empowerment within limitations, which will guide your thesis statement. A good idea now is to create a very brief outline (probably just three of four bullets) of the flow of the essay. Here's an example: - Clarissa's role as Mrs. Dalloway - Clarissa's role as a homemaker and mistress of the house - Implications of domesticity and servants Remember always to include evidence from the text and the implications of those statements. You should continuously refer back to your thesis statement after your pieces of evidence. That should give you a good start on your essay, which you can continue to refine as you write and edit.

Subject: English

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Can you explain the themes of space and identity in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway?

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The themes of space and identity in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway can be seen in the roles that she occupies within society and the inherent implications of those roles. More importantly, she is known as Mrs. Dalloway, not Clarissa: she is merely an extension of her husband and she loses the individuality and independence that she once held as an unmarried woman. Her role is also tied directly to her space as homemaker and mistress: the home and house that she manages. As the mistress of the house, she is forced into a role of domesticity. She struggles to live a house outside of that service, but also attempts to find some empowerment. As a mistress of the house, Clarissa is able to emphasize her own role within the usual commotions of the home. She becomes a significant and powerful presence, and brings Clarissa and sense of dignity and pride. it is an identity that harkens back to a woman's self-worth as it is linked to her space.

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