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Subject: Writing

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What is the typical formula for an academic 5 paragraph essay?

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Introduction Paragraph - Start with a hook. This is something that should pull the reader of your essay in. You can do this by using a quote, an interesting or shocking fact, an anecdote or a question. - You'll then want to guide the reader from the broad stance of your hook and narrow in on the topic of your essay. - A thesis statement comes next. This states your stance, or position, on the topic. Body Paragraph (3 body paragraphs minimum) - Each body paragraph should focus on an individual aspect of your overall topic. - Include quotes or data from outside sources to strengthen your stance. Make sure that the information is credible and properly cited. - Make sure to explain in your own words whenever you use outside information. Answer the question "why is this information relevant to MY argument?" Conclusion - Wrap up your essay but restating (in different words) the topic and your stance. - Summarize the information that you discussed in your body paragraphs. - End with something to leave your reader thinking such as a call to action.

Subject: Literature

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Explain how Shakespeare uses foreshadowing in the Prologue of Romeo & Juliet and how this use of foreshadowing adds to the plot.

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William Shakespeare intentionally spoils the ending to one of his most well-known plays, "Romeo & Juliet". In the Prologue, Shakespeare states "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life, Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents' strife."(Shakespeare, 1.1) In this line, Shakespeare is telling readers/viewers that not only are Romeo & Juliet destined for each other, but they will also die. Back during William Shakespeare's time, people believed that the stars above determined your fate, hence the term "star-crossed" lovers. This term does let us know that Romeo & Juliet were brought together by fate but what this example of foreshadowing also does is set their unfortunate fate in stone (or writing at least). Readers/Viewers will continue on with the story of Romeo & Juliet knowing everything that is going to happen which gives the audience the assurance the they are truly MEANT to die together. It is written, in the stars.

Subject: English

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Where does the English language come from and how has it changed over time?

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The English language has evolved since its origin in 5th century, medieval England. It is named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes who invaded Britain along with the Saxons and Jutes. English is considered a hybrid language, taking elements from the Latin language, as well as Germanic and Romance. English has evolved greatly over time. Today, we would not understand the "English" spoken by someone from the 5th century. "Old English" or Anglo-Saxon, was the earliest known form of the English language. It would be virtually impossible for a modern English speaker to understand Old English. We can blame dialect on the constant change of the English language. When the French invaded England in 1066, it became unpopular to speak English. This resulted in the birth of Middle English about 150 years later. The differences between Old English and Middle English are vast. Inflectional endings were dropped, grammatical gender was dropped, many symbols used in Old English were dropped and great deal of the vocabulary of Middle English was taken from French influence.

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