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Kathryn B.
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Subject: Writing

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What is a thesis statement?

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A thesis statement is a single sentence that defines the scope of an essay. It generally is placed at the end of the introductory paragraph. If the essay is presenting an argument, the thesis should state the paper's general topic, the author's position or argument for that topic, and the main points used to support that argument. The thesis should be clear, precise, and cohesive in wording and structure.

Subject: Literature

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What relevance does Charlotte Bronte's 19th century novel Jane Eyre have for society today?

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Jane Eyre was considered a feminist novel at the time it was written because of the main character's independence. Jane, despite the hardship she faces and pressures from society, is intensely determined to be a woman who lives according to her moral code, as demonstrated by the following quote: "'I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.'" Jane also, in a time when a woman's place was considered to be in the home, vocalizes the need women have for mental stimulation beyond what was generally expected of them: "Women are supposed to be verycalm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex." Thus, Jane in the 19th century proves a role model of strength and courage for women of today.

Subject: English

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What is an Oxford comma?

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The Oxford comma is the comma before the word "and" or "or" in a list of 3 or more items. For example: "I bought milk, eggs, and bread." The comma after "eggs" is the Oxford comma.

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