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Tutor profile: Jasmin S.

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Jasmin S.
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

Identify the literary devices in the following sentences and quotes: 1. The lion's roar was louder than a clap of thunder. 2. "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" (from The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet by W. Shakespeare) 3. The bumbling bumble bee bore brilliant buttercups.

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1. This is an example of a metaphor through its comparison of a lion's roar to the volume of thunder. It exemplifies the physical tremble and fear that may accompany these unlike events. 2. This famous line is an example of a soliloquy, and describes the inner thoughts and feelings of the protagonist, Juliet. Although she is not speaking to anyone directly, she expresses her apprehensiveness and fear of falling in love with an enemy of her clan. 3. The letters of this sentence are repetitive and create a melodic, vibrant tone. This alliteration expresses the playfulness and color of such a scene with the adjacent placement of letters beginning with "B."

Subject: Literature

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What are the different points of view that a story can take place in, and how does the unreliable narrator create potential obstacles for the reader?

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There are four different points of view a story can take place in. There is first person, where the story is told from the perspective of a character within that story (Uses "I," and "We."). Second person is uncommon, the narrator referring to the reader directly (Uses "you."). Third person, limited, describes a narrator removed from the story with a limited perspective, therefore does not have all the information or inside knowledge of the characters' thoughts and feelings. Lastly, third person, omniscient, describes a narrator that is all-knowing, typically making the reader aware of every character's actions, feelings, and motives. The unreliable narrator poses a peculiar challenge to the careful reader, since we cannot necessarily trust that they are of a sound mind and are telling the complete truth. Rather, we are only receiving their limited scope of the story. An example of an unreliable narrator is Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Given that he is mentally unwell, we cannot be sure as the reader that the actions taking place are truly occurring, or if he is creating his own version of events as a form of control over his life.

Subject: English

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Question:

Which sentence is grammatically correct? 1. Would you prefer apples, oranges, or berries? 2. Which would you prefer, apples, oranges, or berries? 3. Do you prefer apples, oranges or berries?

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Answer:

Both 1 and 3 are grammatically correct. The first sentence lists each fruit clearly and includes an "Oxford comma:" the final comma between "oranges" and "berries." The third sentence is also grammatically correct, even without the comma between "oranges" and "berries."

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