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Benjy S.
Yale College graduate with specialty in math, English, literature, and social studies.
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Writing
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Question:

How would you correct the following sentence for grammar, punctuation, and clarity: In the film Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard, Paul is told by Francesca "Its the end of cinema".

Benjy S.
Answer:

In Jean-Luc Godard's film Contempt, Francesca tells Paul, "It's the end of cinema." 1) "In the film Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard" --> "In Jean-Luc Godard's film Contempt" This eliminates a preposition, "by," and thus makes the sentence more clear and concise. 2) "Paul is told by Francesca" --> "Francesca tells Paul" This changes the improper, unclear passive voice to the active voice. 3) " 'Its...' " --> " ,'It's...'" Before a subject speaks, we need to add a comma before the opening quotation mark. Additionally, "it's" in this sentence is the conjunction for "it is," not the possessive "its" as in "the dog couldn't find its treat."

English
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Question:

Interpret the last two stanzas from the poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," by William Wordsworth: The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed—and gazed—but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.

Benjy S.
Answer:

The speaker in this poem reflects on his experience of watching daffodils dance in the breeze. In the second-to-last stanza, he describes his visceral, emotional reaction to the flowers in the moment he saw them. The last stanza provides contrast, in that later, he's able to process and interpret the moment through visual memory. Wordsworth writes the stanzas in iambic tetrameter, conveying the dynamism of the daffodils in a dance-like 4/4 time.

Algebra
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Question:

Tom earns $280 per week. He works as a waiter, which pays $12/hour, and as a basketball coach, which pays $20/hour. He works 18 hours per week. How many hours per week does Tom work as a waiter?

Benjy S.
Answer:

You can solve this question by creating a system of two linear equations. The first equation would be [12x+20y=280] where x is the number of hours per week Tom works as a waiter, and y is the number of hours per week Tom works as a basketball coach. 12 represents his hourly wage as a waiter, and 20 represents his hourly wage as a coach. The second equation would be [x+y=18]. In a system of equations, the variables mean the same thing in all of the equations--so this equation means that the number of hours Tom works per week (a sum of his hours as a waiter and his hours as a coach) is 18. To solve the system of equations, solve the second equation for y: y=18-x. By substituting "y" into the first equation, you get 12x + 20(18-x) = 280. This simplifies to 12x + 20(18) - 20x = 280. This, in turn, simplifies to -8x = -80. Therefore, x=10. Therefore, Tom works 10 hours per week as a waiter (and 8 hours per week as a coach).

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