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Jessie D.
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Question:

When writing rhetorical papers, it is important to have a strong thesis statement. What are some of the basic qualities that make for a good thesis statement?

Jessie D.
Answer:

Without a strong thesis statement, a persuasive paper is not successful. When writing a thesis, it is important that capture the "so what" of your paper, meaning you want to make sure that you are getting to the real root of the argument. You always want to push yourself, and keep asking "why am I making this argument" to help you get to your thesis. A thesis should be specific, but concise- you want to make sure to write only one-two sentence to sum up your post. While you want to make sure to include the "why", your thesis or surrounding sentences should focus on how you are going to get there. Lets look at an example: Bad Thesis: "Going to college leads to a better chance of getting a job" While this statement is true, you want to give a reason why and explain how you got there. Better Thesis: "Through many studies, one can conclude that going to college leads to a better chance of getting a job because graduates have more writing and math skills than non-college graduates that help in the work force" This thesis statement is a bit more specific, and gives us a reason why going to college is worth it.

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Question:

When studying for an exam, what are some skills that can be used to create better odds of passing?

Jessie D.
Answer:

There are many things that can be done both inside and outside of the classroom to create better odds for passing a test. 1. Take good notes!- take notes that seem important, meaning if it is written on the board or passed out on a worksheet by your teacher, it is important! Also, try to relate to the text- if you make a connection to the content, you will have a better retention rate. 2. Don'd to highlighter crazy!- overusing highlighters make it hard to understand the really important information. Only highlight key words, and make notes in the margin as to your own ideas on what you are reading. 3. Read notes and review often!- make sure to look over your notes as often as you can. Work with your peers to find time to go over materials, as going through examples aloud is always helpful. 4. If you can teach it, you know it!- being able to teach content to another person (a friend, a family member, or your teacher) means that you truly understand all of the materials.

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Question:

In the poem, "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman, how does Whitman use and manipulate the pronoun "I" to shape the work? Are Whitman and "I" the same character? Why or why not?

Jessie D.
Answer:

In the work "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman, the use of the pronoun "I" becomes important in understanding the work. While some may argue that "I" refers to Whitman himself, I would argue that "I" has a much more universal quality to it- it transcends race, gender, religion and social status. This becomes evident when Whitman separates himself from the pronoun I when referring to himself as "Walt Whitman, a kosmos, of Manhattan the son, / Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking and breeding" (Whitman 497-98). By giving himself human qualities, he makes it clear that he is bound by body and therefore cannot transcend as "I" so often does throughout the text. Through the character of "I", readers are able to understand a being or spirit that is open minded and flexible; this flexibility allows for the reader to understand that "I"'s perception of America is pure and unbiased.

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