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Abigail P.
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Subject: Writing

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What is the difference between an analogy and a metaphor? What are the different effects that each produces in writing?

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While an analogy uses "like" or "as" to connect the things it is comparing, a metaphor does not. An analogy has a more didactic connotation whereas a metaphor, in removing the explanatory, can connote stronger feeling, and has a more mystical feel.

Subject: Religious Studies

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What is the Christian idea of a sacrament?

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A sacrament is a union of the physical and spiritual which are a special means of grace. For example, the Eucharist, or Communion, is said to be Christ's body (spiritual) united with bread (physical). Some sacraments are received through the Church, such as baptism. But in the Christian faith, all the cosmos is sacramental --a physical meeting place for God and man.

Subject: Philosophy

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Socratic dialogue is characterized by seeking definitions of concepts (e.g. justice in Plato's Republic). Considering definitions are often not found, what is the point of searching for a definition in the first place according to Socrates?

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Socrates seeks aporia in his dialogues, Greek for confusion or perplexity. Aporia is closely tied to Socrates' notion of wisdom, something he supposedly obtained from an oracle: “That one among you who is wisest, mortals, who, like Socrates, has recognized that he’s truly worthless where wisdom is concerned.” (The Apology) According to Socrates, wisdom means knowing your limits. Through his conversations with other people, Socrates comes to learn that no one who thinks he has wisdom actually has it.

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