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Subject: Writing

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Read the following paragraph, and identify the concrete details and the commentary: Spider-Man is more powerful than Batman. For example, in "The Amazing Spider-Man #1," we see Spider-Man using super-strength and agility, as well as a supernatural ability to sense danger. On the other hand, "New 52: Justice League Origin" shows Batman meeting the other members of the Justice League, most of who express surprise and dismay at the fact that he has no supernatural abilities. Green Lantern expresses this feeling best on page __ when he says, "Please tell me you're not just some guy dressed in a bat-suit!" This is, in fact, an accurate description of Batman. Regardless of how intelligent, prepared, and techno-savvy Batman is, it seems ludicrous to put him on the same level with superheroes that have these traits in addition to supernatural powers. Therefore, Spider-Man, with his supernatural abilities, is more powerful than Batman.

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Sentence 1 is neither detail nor commentary; it serves as an introductory topic sentence. Sentences 2-4 are all concrete details because they offer specific evidence from outside sources. Sentences 5-6 are commentary because they offer the author's own conclusions based on the evidence. Sentence 7 is neither detail nor commentary; it simply concludes the paragraph by paraphrasing the topic sentence.

Subject: Literature

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What is one possible theme or message of "To Kill a Mockingbird?" Support your answer with evidence from the book.

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One possible message of "To Kill a Mockingbird" is that people are often very different from what we may think of them at first. For example, early in the novel, Boo Radley is presented as a demented, dangerous psychopath. However, at the end of the book, it is revealed that Boo was the one leaving gifts for the children, and the person who saved Jem's life when he was attacked. This clearly shows that Boo has a strong sense of kindness. Another example is that of Tom Robinson, who is thought to be a rapist by most of the town until Atticus all but proves his innocence in court. Although Tom still dies for a crime he didn't commit, his example shows us that public opinion can be (and perhaps often is) completely wrong about individual people. These examples show clearly that characters in the novel are often misunderstood, leading one to the conclusion that real-life people may also be misunderstood.

Subject: English

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Question:

Correct the following passage so that it is free of errors: i went to Disney world with my family where we literally did everything humanly possible like ride on all the rides eating all the food and talking to all the characters. Then we went home. Because we had done everything.

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Answer:

There are multiple ways to fix the passage, one of which is the following: I went to Disney World with my family, where we did everything people do there. We rode on the rides, ate the food, and talked to the characters. Then we went home, because we had done everything. Errors that should be fixed: - "I" and "World" should be capitalized. "I" is always capitalize, and "World" is part of the name of Disney World. - The word "literally" should be removed, because it is being used incorrectly. The author could not have literally done everything humanly possible, as every choice necessarily excludes many others. - Commas need to be placed between the activities, and their verbs need to be changed to the same tense and form, following the correct usage of parallel structure. - "Because we had done everything" is a dependent clause and therefore cannot be an entire sentence by itself. The easiest way to fix this is to join it with the previous sentence, an independent clause.

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