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Subject: Political Science

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In December 2019, the European Union held a summit in which it proposed the New Green Deal to all member states. The New Green Deal aims to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050, meaning each member state will have to alter its energy sources from coal to a non-polluting source (nuclear energy, for example). Poland was the only country to not agree with the deal. In your opinion, why would Poland decline the deal with the EU? Use historical examples to form your answer.

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Polish leader's refusal of participation in the Green Deal is telling of outside political tensions present in the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) political party. PiS was founded in 2001 and though it was originally supportive of a European Union, it became Euroscepticlater in 2001 when leaders believed Poland's accession to the EU was decided on too quickly. Since 2004 (Poland's official accession), the party has wanted to leave the EU, giving rise to the Brexit-inspired "Polexit" movement among conservative Poles. Because the country's officials are currently a part of the PiS party, it is clear that underlying political tensions are the main reason behind Poland's refusal of the Green Deal.

Subject: International Relations

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Explain how colonization may have a negative impact on one specific population. Use examples to illustrate at least two negative effects that the growth of capitalism has on this group.

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The Igbo population in Nigeria is a population that could exemplify the negative effects of colonization. In 1901, the British colonized Nigeria and significantly altered their production strategies and workloads. Before 1901, Igbo men and women divided their work by gender and age but during the colonial period, the British government prioritized international trade and forced Igbo people to produce products in excess. Around 1913, the British government funded a new transportation system in Igboland and employed Igbo men to construct a railway from Port Harcourt to Enugu. This forced Igbo women to double their work because most of the Igbo men had to work elsewhere. This exemplifies how colonization negatively impacted the lives of the Igbo population. Colonial times proved to be difficult for the Igbo population to adapt to as the British government aimed to "improve" Nigeria's economic structure.

Subject: English

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In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are several references to a green light. By using context clues derived from the story, explain what the green light symbolizes in the novel and provide a textual example to support your explanation.

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In The Great Gatsby, the green light referenced throughout the plot is a symbol of both an unattainable dream and the future. The most explicit example of the symbolism of the green light is found at the end of Chapter 9, when Nick says, "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." This line uses symbolism to show how the theme of the novel is embedded in the green light. Nick explains that though Gatsby reaches for his dreams and hopes, they move further from him. Gatsby never reaches his unattainable dreams, showing the reader that the green light has been a symbol of unrealistic hopes throughout the novel.

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