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Subject: Writing

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Write a rhetorical analysis of how the Disney Pixar film Coco appeals to audiences. Comment on demographics and cultural identity.

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(Short Demo for the sake of length) Disney Pixar's Coco appeals to a wide demographic of people through its visual storytelling that transcends language, as well as it's cultural tones of family, music, and tradition in not only Mexican households, but in places all around the world. Like many other Pixar films, Coco utilizes a sort of visual language that is captivated to both young and more mature audiences. Children and adults are able to read the expressions and emotions of the characters without even having to know the language to understand what is going on. In fact, even if the film was muted, many people could still understand much of the narrative just by reading facial expressions and how characters react to events in the movie. Pixar understands that it has a global audience, and especially an audience of young children that might still be learning how to talk, and uses this universal visual language in a way that even they can understand and interpret the information on screen. Going off of Pixar's global audience, despite Coco being a film on Mexican culture, it is presented in a way that can be sympathized with many people all around the globe, regardless of their connection to Mexican society. For example, a major theme in Coco is about connecting with one's familial generations, and honoring our past ancestors. While this is shown through the Mexican holiday tradition of Dia Des Los Muertos in Coco, Pixar makes the audience think of our own family trees and ancestors, whether or not the audience even celebrates this holiday. Understanding this broad tone of family, Pixar is able to connect a specific culture's traditions in a way that can be appreciated by young and older individuals around the globe.

Subject: Geometry

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The length of a rectangular, Olympic pool is 5 less than 3 times its width, and it has a perimeter of 46 meters. What is the length and width of this Olympic pool?

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First, let's remember the formula for the perimeter of a rectangle, P = 2W + 2L. We are told that our perimeter, P = 46 meters, and that the Length, L = 3w - 5. So, plugging these values in, we can rewrite our perimeter formula to be 46 = 2w + 2 (3w - 5). From here, we have a fairly straightforward algebra problem in which we need to solve for w. Let's begin by distributing 2 into (3w - 5), getting 6w - 10. 46 = 2w + 6w - 10 Looking at the problem now, we see that we can combine like terms, adding the 2w and 6w together to get 8w. 46 = 8w - 10 Let's try to get w alone now, by adding the 10 over to the other side (46 + 10 = 56) 56 = 8w Now, we just solve for w by dividing 56/8, getting w = 7 meters. All that's left now is to find our length. Remember that our problem stated that the length is equal to three times our width, minus 5, or L = 3w - 5. We just figured out that w = 7, so let's plug it in and solve for L. L = 3(7) - 5 L = 21 - 5 L = 16 meters So, even without a drawing, we've figured out that the width of this rectangle is equal to 7 meters, and it's length is equal to 16 meters.

Subject: World History

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Much of World History pertains to a narrative of cultural exchange between societies. Provide one example of how cultural exchange creates a beneficial outcome. Give another example of how cultural exchange has led to a negative outcome.

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A major positive factor of cultural exchange is that it has exposed new technological innovations to societies that were previously unaware to them. For example, when Commodore Perry's fleet first arrived in Japan in 1853, the U.S. demonstrated new technologies such as firearms, naval warships, cannons. Although this event was a show of force from the U.S. and a borderline threat to Japanese security, it prompted Japan to undergo the Meiji Restoration, which was a series of reforms to improve Japanese military, industry, and state structure, largely based off of western practices. This helped to get Japan more caught up with the Industrial Revolution and technological innovations that much of the western world was already experiencing, while allowing them to leave behind feudal society. A negative outcome of cultural exchange, however, is that in many cases it creates a conflict of interests that leads to warfare, which usually results in one culture displacing the other. When the Spanish explorers first met with the Aztec Empire, they shared a cultural exchange of food, goods, animals, and weaponry. However, largely due to the influence of the Spanish Reconquista and the conflicting religious practices of the Aztecs, things would soon turn to bloodshed as many Spanish believed that it was their duty to convert the indigenous peoples, destroy their idols, and kill those who refused to denounce their own cultural practices. Through war and disease, the Spanish would cause much destruction to Aztec society, displacing much of their cultural identity with Spanish Christian principles instead.

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