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Subject: Writing

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Show, don't tell.

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Answer:

It was silent. The time spent in that room stretched on for eternity, but silence marked the end. The room smelled too sweet. There were too many flowers, all causing her nose to twitch and throat to itch. Her eyes were red, but that was expected. She moved closer to the casket. She avoided it all day. She did not recognize the man inside. This time though, she traced her fingers along the wood-- polished mahogany. Smooth and cold. She stopped at the opening and looked down. A shell met her gaze. Pale, still, stiff, at peace. "He looks so good," the old ladies trilled. She rolled her eyes. He looked dead. Dead is not a good look on anyone. But that didn't matter. All she wanted was for him to open his eyes, take her hand, tell her it was all a mistake, a nightmare, even. She needed to hear him say that everything was fine. Normal. That she wouldn't have to go home alone to an empty house, a place that was home now void of all things familiar. Even if it was only one more time, she waited for him to say "I love you." They never parted without those precious words. It was silent.

Subject: US History

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Many supporters of President Nixon, also known as the "Silent Majority," were concerned with “law and order.” In what ways did the Nixon presidency establish law and order, and in what ways did it fail to establish law and order?

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During his first presidential campaign, President Nixon catered to a subsection of voters termed the "Silent Majority." These voters were not part of the counter-cultures of the 1960s, and overall wished that things would return to the "good old days" and post-war years. Nixon promised that if elected, he would establish "law and order" and return America (and the world) to that perceived normalcy. He achieved this goal in some ways, but also drastically missed the mark in others. One of the first policies introduced by Nixon in his first term was that of "detente." This was a deescalation of Cold War tensions and rivalries with the Soviet Union and Communist China in order to stabilize international systems. This policy is relatively successful, as it helps draw the Vietnam War to a close and allows for Nixon to become the first sitting president to visit Communist China on an invitation. A second policy is that of "Vietnamization." The idea behind this policy was to allow the Vietnamese free choice in their governmental structure through a slow removal of US troops from the region. Both these policies relaxed protests and acts of civil disobedience among the US population, which helped the "silent majority" feel as if things were returning to "normal." However, two major events during Nixon's presidency rocked expectations of law and order. The first example is the situation involving the Pentagon Papers. This occurred when an employee of the Department of Defense provided the New York Times and the Washington Posts with official (but classified) evidence that the federal government intentionally mislead the American public regarding the scale, unethical operations, and intensity of operations in Vietnam. The Nixon administration sued to stop the publication of the information, but the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the newspapers. This eroded public faith in the federal government. Finally, the infamous Watergate scandal also negatively impacted the "law and order" that the Nixon administration claimed to champion. With mounting evidence that Nixon knew about the break-in at the Watergate Hotel (where the Democratic National Committee was meeting) and that Nixon ordered the destruction of evidence, Nixon decided to resign instead of face impeachment. This also contributed to the erosion of faith in the America government.

Subject: European History

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French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte is often seen as an antagonist in European history. Some of his conquests, however, brought social changes to the countries he occupied. Please address one social change Napoleon implemented through his Napoleonic Code.

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The Napoleonic Code was the codification of the ideals of the French Revolution. Concepts such as liberty, equality, and fraternity were the hallmarks of the Revolution. The Napoleonic Code attempted to solidify those concepts into law. Once established in France, this code of law traveled with Napoleon through his conquest of Europe. He established the Napoleonic codes as the law of many countries under his control. These new laws created social changes in countries rooted in monarchs and traditions. One of the major tenants of the Napoleonic Codes was that it made all men, regardless of wealth, land ownership, or family name equal under the law. Previously, many of these factors were considerations in whether a male could participate in French civil life. While, under the Napoleonic Codes, men were made equal, women were legally placed in a subordinate position to men. Men controlled all property, even property women brought to the marriage through their dowry. Men also had "ownership" over their children and were often favored in divorce and other court proceedings. While making all men equal under the code was progressive, the Napoleonic Codes also legally restricted other segments of the population.

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