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Sarah H.
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Writing
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Question:

If you are writing an argumentative essay, what should be addressed in your thesis statement? Bonus: Where should your thesis be located in your essay?

Sarah H.
Answer:

The thesis for an argumentative essay should present the claim you're hoping to argue for in a clear and concise manner and give evidence as to why your argument is correct. For example, if the argument you're looking to make is, "Estella's character in 'Great Expectations' deserves more credit than she's given by the end of the novel," your introduction and thesis statement should briefly touch on the evidence you'll be presenting to prove your claim is true (i.e. Estella was a victim of abuse, Pip idealized and reduced her to nothing more than her great beauty, etc). Bonus answer: The thesis should appear the end of the introductory paragraph, and it should also be restated in your conclusion.

Literature
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Question:

Identify and define the four stages of a story's plot.

Sarah H.
Answer:

1. Exposition: The presentation of basic information readers need to understand the events that will transpire throughout the story. 2. Conflict: A series of complications that arise as the story progresses. 3. Climax: The point of greatest tension or importance in the story; the penultimate scene that will present the story's decisive action or event. 4. Resolution/Denouement: Wraps the action of the story up and accounts for all the remaining loose ends presented through the exposition and conflict.

English
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Question:

In his short story, "How to Talk to Girls at Parties," author Neil Gaiman expands on the humanization of the supernatural, a popular trope in works of science fiction from the mid- to late-20th and 21st centuries, by depicting young, beautiful women as aliens. Early in the story, Gaiman writes: "I did not know what to say to girls, and I told [Vic] so. 'They're just girls,' said Vic. 'They don't come from another planet.'" What literary device is Gaiman using in this exchange between the narrator and his best friend, Vic? How does this interaction play into the rest of the story?

Sarah H.
Answer:

Gaiman is foreshadowing the events that will later transpire in the story (i.e. the two beautiful girls the narrator and Vic meet at the party literally end up being aliens). By using a phrase as common as, "They don't come from another planet," Gaiman is setting the reader up for the big reveal, which is that Stella and Triolet (the mysterious girls at the party) are, in fact, from another planet. This is also made evident in a passage near the end of the story, where the narrator describes the fierce anger in Stella's face after Vic leaves her upon realizing she was not human: "Her clothes were in disarray, and there was makeup smudged across her face, and her eyes-- You wouldn't want to make a universe angry. I bet an angry universe would look at you with eyes like that."

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