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Jordan H.
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Writing
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Question:

First, identify each sentence below as an independent clause or a subordinate clause. Then, use the information from the sentences below, to create three compound sentences using both independent and subordinate clauses: 1. As it had greatly weakened the power of the nobles. 2. King Henry II, John's father, had created a strong royal administration. 3. Who spent much of his short reign fighting overseas in Europe and the Holy Land. 4. John's brother, King Richard the Lion-Hearted, succeeded Henry. 5. The Third Crusade had been an expensive military expedition.

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Answer:

Sentences 2, 4, and 5 are independent clauses. Sentences 1 and 3 are subordinate clauses. As it had greatly weakened the power of the nobles, King Henry II, John's father, had created a strong royal administration. John's brother, King Richard the Lion-Hearted, succeeded Henry and had spent much of his short reign fighting overseas in Europe and the Holy Land. The Third Crusade had been an expensive military expedition.

English as a Second Language
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Question:

Using the sample paragraph frames for problem and solution, describe why the Civil War started using the past tense: Problem/Solution: ______had a problem because ________. Therefore, _______. As a result, _______.

Jordan H.
Answer:

Southern states had a problem because they believed they had the right to move their slaves wherever they desired, including western states. Therefore, some Southern states seceded from the nation and attacked Union states. As a result, the Civil War started.

English
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Question:

In chapter three of the novel "The Circuit" by Francisco Jimenez, the main character, Francisco, gently places the fishing rod his friend, Miguelito, gave him, in the river and watches it float away. What does Francisco's action symbolize? Use text evidence to support your answer.

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Answer:

Francisco's decision to part with the fishing rod is indicative of his ability to forgive Miguelito for forsaking him, as well as his willingness to let go of their friendship. According to the text, Francisco's "heart sank into [his] stomach" and he "[felt] a lump in [his] throat" after discovering Miguelito did not show up to go fishing with him after school. Clearly, Francisco struggles to cope with the disappointment inflicted upon him by yet, another person in his life. Still, he does not respond in rage nor in bitterness. Instead of breaking the fishing rod and throwing it in the water, he "gently [places] it in the creek, and [watches] it floats away." Francisco's gentleness reassures the reader that although he is upset by Miguelito's disappearance, he accepts the fact that Miguelito is gone; and in lieu of destroying the fishing rod, Francisco allows the water to preserve it, along with any memories of Miguelito that it may hold, finding peace and closure as he passively watches it float downstream.

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