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Anna F.
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Spanish
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Question:

Translate the following two sentences into Spanish, and explain the verb tenses used. There is food at the party. I hope there is food at the party.

Anna F.
Answer:

Hay comida en la fiesta. Espero que haya comida en la fiesta. The first sentence uses the 3rd-person present indicative form of the verb 'haber' because it expresses a known fact, i.e., that there is definitely food at the party. The second sentence uses the 3rd-person present subjunctive form of the verb 'haber' because it expresses a desire or wish for something that is not yet known, i.e. whether or not there will be food at the party.

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What is a thesis statement?

Anna F.
Answer:

A thesis statement is a direct answer to a prompt for a paper or essay, and it's usually located near the end of the paper's introductory paragraph. It makes a claim that could be disputed, and the rest of the paper seeks to prove the claim with supporting evidence and reasoning. The thesis statement usually lays out the format to be expected from the rest of the paper, i.e., what the body paragraphs will contain.

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In Franz Kafka's "The Trial," how does the author use surrealism, and to what end? Write an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement.

Anna F.
Answer:

While other European novels such as A Tale of Two Cities and Crime and Punishment contain specific instances of trance-like surrealism, The Trial, written by Franz Kafka, feels surreal from beginning to end. The protagonist (whom I will call K) spends the entire novel trying to fight against the accusation of a crime he knows nothing about. He encounters an inaccessible, impenetrable, mysterious legal system that ultimately makes it impossible for him to escape judgment. The system consists of judges, strange women, painters, lawyers, and seemingly random people, none of whom give any direct or clear information to K about the legal process or about his supposed crime. As unclear are the motives or true allegiances of any characters involved, except for those of K. Ultimately, and without a trial in the conventional sense, K is killed by two men who are presumably agents of the courts, though his execution has more the character of a murder. K’s surreal experiences throughout the entire novel are used to display reality, to show the corruption of the courts and of society, to demonstrate the dichotomy between the supposed roles and actual roles of the legal system and of society, and ultimately to call into question the beliefs that the world takes for granted.

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