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Varsha N.
Undergraduate Student and Research Assistant at Vanderbilt University
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Subject: Literature

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Prompt: What are the images of women depicted in the Modern era texts? Are any of these women nuanced, or do they fall into the binary categories of “angel” and “monster?”

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The following is an excerpt from a college essay I wrote for my "Modern World Literature" class. This is the introductory paragraph that includes the thesis I constructed and examined in the body of the essay*: "Literature, regarded as a vehicle for social commentary, reflects societal values and morals while offering opinions and criticisms of existing structures. When discussing seminal Modern French, English, and Russian literary works with phallocratic plotlines, male characters serve to fulfill the parameters of hero and anti-hero, often commenting on society’s broader socio-political flaws. However, through a comparative analysis of Lord Byron’s Don Juan, Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, and other literary works of comparable thematic prescience, the distinct placement of women in moralistic and virtue-driven characterizations subsequently lead to larger discussions of sin, tradition, and character. More critically, there is a binary under which fictional women’s contributions to modern works can be viewed– that of the “monster” and “angel”. Donna Julia and Haidée are considered morally reprehensible femme fatales while women like Tatyana serve as a moral center, placed on a pedestal, and deified by readers, authors, and narrators alike." *Because of the software, some font choices are not applied here (i.e. no italicization is apparent).

Subject: ACT

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What are the three most important study skills/testing strategies to use/prep with when intending to take the ACT?

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1. DO NOT try to do science on the science section of the ACT. While it does ask some questions that require a general understanding of basic science, a large portion of the science portion of the ACT is reading tables/graphs and interpreting data. Every answer to the science questions is already in the passage. Use the information given rather than your knowledge of science, looking for trends and patterns while using scientific thinking. 2. The reading portion of the ACT should be approached differently based on the type of passage you are looking at. To get a sense of direction for your quick skim, always take a look at the blurb that says who the author is, when the passage was written, the title from which the excerpt is taken, etc. It can be especially useful when determining the author's intent and tone. 3. While this may seem obvious, go into your ACT having taken AT LEAST three, full-length ACT tests with the timing constraints of the actual exam. This is most crucial for the math section because it asks you to complete 60 questions in 60 minutes. In my opinion, the math section of the ACT is a lot more straightforward than that of the SAT, so in order to do well, you simply have to be exposed to the pressure of answering these questions in the given time. Taking practice tests is the only way to start deconstructing the test, understanding the types of questions they will ask, and tuning in to the answers you are expected to provide.

Subject: Algebra

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The length of a rectangle is given as 2x + 1 and the width of a rectangle is given as 3x - 4. Given that the perimeter of the rectangle is 34 inches, what are the length, width, and area of the rectangle?

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In order to solve this problem we need to use the information provided to first determine the length and width of the rectangle. Once we know this, we can use length times width to determine the rectangle's area. First, let's look at the pieces of information we have been given. We know that the perimeter of the rectangle is 34 inches. In order to solve for the perimeter of a rectangle, we have to use the formula 2l + 2w = P, or two times length plus two times width equals perimeter. Our equation will end up looking like this: 2(2x + 1) + 2(3x - 4) = 34 Then, we multiply the two in order to expand our equation and solve for x: 2(2x +1) + 2(3x - 4) = 34 --> Now multiply each term in the parentheses by the 2. 4x + 2 + 6x - 8 = 34 --> Once you have expanded, combine like terms (ex. #s with #s) 10x -6 = 34 --> Add 6 to 34 so that we can get the x alone. 10x = 40 --> Divide by 10. x = 4 Now that we have the value of x, we can plug it into expressions for length and width to solve for the rectangle's measurements. Don't forget to add the unit of measurement, inches, to your answer: Length = 2x + 1 = 2(4) + 1 = 8 + 1 = 9 inches Width = 3x - 4 = 3(4) - 4 = 12 - 4 = 8 inches Now that we have the length and width, we can multiply them together to solve for the rectangle's areas. Once again, don't forget your unit of measurement. Since we are multiply inches, we should end up with an answer that has inches squared: Area = Length x Width = 9 inches x 8 inches = 72 inches^2 (or 72 squared inches) So, the answer to the question ends up being that the rectangle has a length of 9 inches, and a width of 8 inches, and an area of 72 inches squared.

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