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Subject: Writing

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Question:

Add the correct comma placement to the following sentence: "You are I am sure telling the truth."

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Answer:

The sentence with the proper comma placement would be as follows: "You are, I am sure, telling the truth." A comma would need to be placed after "are" and another one after "sure." This is because the phrase "I am sure" is an interrupting expression and commas must surround an interrupting expression.

Subject: Literature

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In "The Color of My Words" by Lynn Joseph, the character Ana Rosa is described as spending a lot of time in her gri gri tree. In chapter 3, each of her family members react to her doing this. What are their reactions and what does this say about their character?

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Answer:

Ana Rosa's brother Roberto is described as climbing the gri gri tree with his sister, but he gets bored quickly and swings down from the tree like a monkey. From this reaction, we know that Roberto's character must have a short attention span because he gets bored so easily. Also, he must be very playful and silly because he swings down like a monkey. Ana Rosa's sister Angela makes the comment that Ana Rosa will "never be a real chica" because she spends so much time in the tree. This reaction lets us know that Angela does not approve of Ana Rosa being in the tree. We can also infer that Ana Rosa must be lady-like or very proper since she herself chooses not to climb trees.

Subject: English

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Question:

"They stood as if someone had driven them, like so many stakes, into the floor." (from "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury") What is the type and meaning of the figurative language?

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Answer:

The sentence above is an example of a simile. A simile is when two unlike things are being compared using the words like, as, or than. In this example, people are being compared to stakes. A stake, once driven into the ground, stands still and erect. The people in the sentence must be witnessing something that has stilled them.

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