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Tutor profile: Lisa K.

Lisa K.
English Literature Teacher

Questions

Subject: Writing

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Question:

How would you rewrite that your grandmother passed away and that you were very close? Create a sentence that paints a picture with sensory details and that 'shows' rather than 'tells.' An Example of 'telling' not 'showing': "I loved my grandmother very much. She was my favorite relative, and I was hers. We spent many happy times together. I was very sad when she died."

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Answer:

There was nothing I looked forward to more than going to my grandmother’s house each weekend. We would sit for hours together on the porch swing and she would read me stories, then we would bake sugar cookies and brownies together. At night I would lay my head in her lap and she would pet my head until I fell asleep. When I found out she was gone, something died inside of me as well.

Subject: Shakespeare

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Question:

In the play, Macbeth, What character traits do Macbeth’s exploits on the battlefield demonstrate?

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Answer:

Macbeth is depicted as a loyal, brave, and ruthless warrior for King Duncan. When he slices his way through the crowd and "unseams him from nave to chops" the reader notes the brutality with which Macbeth operates on the battlefield. These traits are not told to the reader of the play by Macbeth himself. This characterization is presented by the other characters and an expectation of Macbeth as a single focused and brutal man is conjured up in the mind of the reader.

Subject: Literature

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Question:

In Geoffrey Chaucer's, The Pardoner's Tale, why does the Pardoner tell his moral stories? Explain how his motive is ironic.

Lisa K.
Answer:

The Pardoner tells his moral stories to elicit, from the people he is preaching to, feelings of guilt so they may give to him, what little money/coins they may have. He aims to make himself rich, despite the fact that he does work for the church and he should be collecting money for the church and not solely for his own benefit. He speaks to the poorest of folks to manipulate them since they are the most desperate and in need of the cleansing of their souls since the black plague is all around them and they fear dying without the blessings of God. His motive is ironic because he should be motivated to cleanse the souls of these God-fearing folks and that should be his only intention but his intention is solely for himself and in his sermon, he clearly states as much to the people themselves. His moral stories depict how avarice should be avoided, but he himself is the most greedy.

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