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Jan E.
BA Degrees in History and Religious Studies, expereince in Enlgish
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Writing
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Question:

Writing style is often very dependent on what one is writing for. Please describe two different writing styles (format, use of pronouns, point of view, tone, voice, citations, etc), and when you might use them.

Jan E.
Answer:

In creative short stories, one can write using any point of view (first, second, third person) in order to tell the story. Because an academic argument is not being made there is no reason to include citations. Paragraphs should be broken up when a topic is being changed, or when a new person is speaking. The story should begin with a hook of some sort in order to grab the audience's attention and make them want to read the rest of the story. When writing it is important to remember that one does not have to "spoon-feed" the audience (giving too much information that neglects the readers ability to infer), and that back-story/necessary information needs to be included enough to give the readers an understanding of what is going on. The conclusion (unless the story belongs to an on-going series) should give the reader some sense of closure and understanding about the story. Depending on the story it should make them think carefully about the theme/moral presented. In an academic essay one writes using citations to support information that is quoted or paraphrased that supports the main argument. The introduction should include the thesis that explains what the paper will argue and what points it will use to support that argument. Citation style can differ depending on subject (history uses Chicago, English uses MLA). Though sometimes the writer can assume the readers know some basics, generally the best practice is to explain specialized vocabulary, important details, and why the topic in question is important to the field/world. Depending on the length of the paper, subtitles dividing sections can be appropriate in order to break up a lengthy text and make it easier to understand. The conclusion should give a review of the main points and state why the preceding information was important.

Literature
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Briefly discuss some important themes found in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Jan E.
Answer:

Wealth and money is a theme that can be seen throughout the novel. For example, Mr. Darcy looks down on the Bennets because his wealth is so much greater than theirs; Mr. Bingley also has more money than the Bennets, but that does not stop him from (eventually) being married to Jane Bennet. Money dictates social interactions, who one is eligible to marry, and what opportunities one has. These social rules, however, are not always followed through with, because Mr. Darcy does marry the much less well-off Elizabeth Bennet. The money theme is largely connected with the next theme. Marriage is possibly the most main theme in the book. All of the Bennet sisters are concerned in some way with marriage, either eager for it, or trying to delay it. The story begins stating that it is common knowledge that a well-off man must be in want of a wife. All the Bennet daughters are encouraged by their mother to marry happily (even if they are not in love with the man, because being secure financially could only happen through marriage). Though we do get a happy ending, and two happy marriages made because of love (Bingley and Jane, Darcy and Elizabeth), the girls almost constantly hear about how they should be marrying and making connections so that their younger sisters can marry as well (because society stated at the time that the older daughters should marry before the younger ones).

US History
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Question:

What are some interesting or important things to consider about the election of Abraham Lincoln?

Jan E.
Answer:

Abraham Lincoln ran on the platform of stopping the expansion of slavery because, like most Republicans, he felt that if slavery was not allowed to expand into newly acquired territory from the Mexican Cession, then slavery would end. Lincoln was also not an option to vote for in much of the south, because the elections system was much different, individuals had to take responsibility for being electoral voters, and there were laws (anti-incendiary laws) that made anti-slavery rhetoric and literature illegal.

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