Tutor profile: Katie R.
What is the importance of the Museum of Natural History in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger?
Holden visits the Museum of Natural History while he is killing time before his date with Sally. The Museum of Natural History appeals to Holden because the exhibits never change and that is the type of world that Holden wishes that he could live in – safe from growing up and change. He is troubled by the fact that every time that he visits the museum that he has changed. The museum and its exhibits represent the simple, idealistic, manageable idea of life that Holden wishes he could live, avoiding conflicts and the emotions that still remain due to Allie’s senseless and untimely death.
Subject: US History
Dictate the attack of the Japanese attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor as well as the event's results.
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese forces launched their attack on Pearl Harbor and the Pacific Fleet of the United States. At approximately 8 a.m., Japanese planes began their attack on the battleships that were anchored. The USS Arizona was hit with a 1,800-pound bomb that smashed through the battleship’s desk and landed in its forward ammunition magazine which caused the battleship to exploded and sink with more than 1,000 men trapped inside. Additionally, the USS Oklahoma was torpedoed which caused the battleship to lose its balance and rolled onto its side with 400 soldiers aboard. By the conclusion of the attack, every battleship in Pearl Harbor– the USS Arizona, the USS Oklahoma, the USS California, the USS West Virginia, the USS Utah, the USS Maryland, the USS Pennsylvania, the USS Tennessee and the USS Nevada – had sustained significant damage from Japan’s attack. In total, the Japanese attack on the United States severely damaged or destroyed nearly 20 American ships and more than 300 airplanes. Similarly, dry docks and airfields were destroyed. But most important was the incredible loss of American life – nearly 2,500 men were killed and another 1,000 were wounded.
Explain how to identify the use of the active voice versus the use of the passive voice in a sentence.
First, I'll start with active voice because it's simpler and easier to understand. In an active sentence, the subject is doing the action. A straightforward example is a sentence "Amy kicked the ball." Amy is the subject, and she is doing the action: she kicked the ball, the object of the sentence. On the other hand, in the passive voice, the target of the action gets promoted to the subject position in a sentence. Instead of saying, "Amy kicked the ball," I would say, "The ball is kicked by Amy." The subject of the sentence becomes a ball, but the ball isn't doing anything. Instead, the ball is simply the recipient of Amy’s action (kick). In this instance, the focus of the sentence has changed from Amy to the ball.
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