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Lexi V.
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Subject: Writing

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In Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick", how does the biblical origin of Captain Ahab's name relate to King Ahab's legacy in 1 King's and reveal aspects of his character within the novel?

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The parallels between King and Captain Ahab appear to be quite clear and intentionally-crafted. Perhaps the biggest thing to the king's name is the construction of a grand ivory palace and a dynasty that crumbled, a prize similar to the captain's reckless pursuit of the white whale and how it culminates with the end of his life. Additionally, the king is know as a feared pagan leader with a bitter heart and violent tendencies that Melville reflect's in the captain's tyrannical, selfish actions and the way he leads his crew to certain death.

Subject: Music Theory

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In the Classical idiom, what are your options for creating a modulatory musical transition? Please use commonplace music theory terminology and feel free to give examples using Roman numerals.

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There are three common types of modulation: direct, "truck driver" and pivot chord. The direct modulation is a transition-less shift between keys. Typically, the first section will end on the I (tonic) chord in the piece's home key, the "old" key, and will be directly followed by the new tonic chord of the "new" key. This is common in gospel, pop and music theatre idioms in the final chorus of a piece to elevate it, and often bumps up a half or whole step from the original key (sometimes called the "Broadway Bump"). The "truck driver" modulation is a type of direct modulation that typically moves from the tonic of the "old" key to the dominant of the "new" key to prepare for a tonic landing to establish this new tonal area. Finally, perhaps the most precarious yet popular option is a pivot chord, which makes use of a chord common to both the "old" and "new" key. In the smoothest cases, the chord serves a subdominant function (like a ii or IV chord in a major key). Note that it is important to differentiate between "tonicizations" and "modulations": tonicizations feel as if the key center has shifted for moment or section of the piece, but typically returns to the piece's home key. Contrastingly, a modulation is a true movement to a new key that is confirmed by a cadence (of any kind–HC, PAC, IAC). The primary defining trait between the two is the presence of a cadence in the new home key.

Subject: College Admissions

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What do you believe it means to be a community and how do you hope to find/create that here at ______ University? What will you contribute to it?

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A community is formed through a combination of commonalities and choice. Like any academic explanation of culture, people come together and remain as such based on a collection of shared traits, beliefs or artifacts. Through this act of remaining and the pool of resources that is created, more commonalities are produced and shared, enriching the community and its own internal bond. However, when people agglomerate, whether it's an initial interaction or continuous process, an element of agency comes into play. It is human nature to crave and create connections, but why this group of people? Why now? That's where we stray from academia, to get to the heart of human connection that is rooted in passion, love and the act of creation itself. The times in my life when I have felt the most empowered are when I have been surrounded by my chosen people all chasing after a shared goal. That has taken the form of being the high school captain of my cheerleading team, where we unite to deliver our most spirited, athletic performances and spread positivity on campus. It has also taken very different forms, like a group of students crowded around the lunch table on a hot Monday afternoon reading from the book of Romans together in a rag-tag bible study, or a chamber musical quartet simply trying to do Mozart's String Quartet No. 15 justice. And that is just what I hope to replicate at _____ University, but this time drawing from an entirely new, broader pool of new friends and learning from their unique passions and experiences while chasing something we love together. I hope to continue my cheerleading career on the sidelines at football games, cheering the _____ to victory alongside thousands of fans on campus. I also hope to pursue professor-guided research projects in a team of students all equally as passionate about discovery as myself and find a Christian ministry to keep pursuing the faith I've been chasing since childhood. And in return, I plan to throw my own colorful hat into the ring. I want to open my creative mind to my classmates, lend a helping hand and a warm smile to brighten a passerby's day, share my struggles with divorce and an eating disorders in supportive communities, stand up alongside silenced communities in pursuit of justice through penned words and peaceful protests and most of all, to create a loving, safe space to further our collective learning in my new community.

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