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Tutor profile: Jessica D.

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Jessica D.
English Language Arts (Grades 7-12)
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Subject: Writing

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How does Gwendolyn Brooks develop the characterization of the pool players in her poem "We Real Cool"? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

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Answer:

In the poem "We Real Cool," by Gwendolyn Brooks, the pool players first come across as bold and rebellious to the reader. Brooks uses short lines and a repetitive rhythmic structure to create a defiant tone for the poem, which suggests that the pool players are equally defiant. Similarly, Brooks uses phrases such as "lurk late" (3) in her descriptions of the group, which include rather negative connotations about their actions. However, the final line of the poem subverts the reader's expectations, when Brooks writes that the group "die[s] soon" (8). This sudden tonal shift suggests that the pool players might be more afraid than they would like to let on, and are perhaps engaging in their rebellious activities out of a sense of peer pressure, rather than a true defiant spirit.

Subject: Literature

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Based on the themes present in "!984", by George Orwell, what do you think Orwell believes the role of government should be? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

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Answer:

Orwell would most likely argue that government can become dangerous when it becomes too big, because it does not take into account the rights of the individual. One way that Orwell develops that theme in the text is through the role of surveillance, and particularly the way that the citizens are watched at all times through the telescreens. Orwell writes, "Always eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or bed—no escape" (23). The anxious tone of this example suggests that Orwell was afraid of a government that gained too much power, and so he likely believed that government should have limited power over its people.

Subject: English

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Question:

Identify the noun phrase in the following sentence: The four brown dogs and the two gray dogs needed to go out for their walks.

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The four brown dogs and the two gray dogs

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