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Writing
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Question:

Write the introduction of an apocalyptic scenario. Be as creative as you can be.

Melissa W.
Answer:

The crowd was mumbling, waiting for the numbers to be called. The bar was fuller than usual that night; there had been rumors of shortages. People held white tickets ready in their hands, eager. “Why do you even come and play, man? You already got everything you need,” asked the one-eyed man of the two-eyed man. The one-eyed man held a mug of beer in the hand free of a ticket. He was watching the people. The two-eyed man, Charlie, smiled. “I got what I need but I want what I don’t got.” The one-eyed man shook his head. “It’s a damn shame is what it is. A full-grown man fully taken care of and he’s got to give more deserving people less of a shot. Damn shame.” The blind man with long hair “shhhed” them. He had a pint of beer in front of him and he held the mug full of amber tight in his palm. It made it easier to hold something. It gave him something to do with his hands, something to focus on instead of what his limbs were touching and who was looking at him where. He knew his empty sockets were bothersome. Charlie always told him so. And he couldn’t afford sunglasses. Not the way prices were going. “They’re getting ready to call the numbers,” said the blind man. “I can hear ‘em comin.’”

Literature
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Question:

In Shakespeare's Henry V, what changes does Henry go through once he becomes king?

Melissa W.
Answer:

Before becoming king, Henry is seen as a rapscallion. He drinks, disregards responsibility, and spends most of his time with Ancient Pistol, Nim, and Bardolph, all drunkards and thieves. Once Henry ascends to the throne after the passing of his father, he must deal with this past, especially once his ability to rule comes into question when the King of France mocks the king for being so young. After this insult, Henry goes to war to invade France, also basing his rationale for warfare on England's claim of parts of France on past treaty interpretations. Most recognize Henry having to go to to war with France to prove his effectiveness as a leader, the slight from France only spurring him on. During this war, Henry must deal with transgressions of his former friends, Nim, and Bardolph. He has them hanged for stealing. Henry, though starting this war for perhaps innocuous reasons, is beginning to understand that he is held accountable to his people, and must punish wrongdoers for the safety of everyone. The most famous battle of the play, The Battle of Agincourt, again has Henry realizing the people around him, his subjects, are full-bodied people, some of who will die for his war. This is brutally put on display when his young assistant, only known as "boy," is slain by members of the French army. By the end of the play, Henry has been through war, and lost many close to him, all in the name of duty. He is no longer a young man playing at king. He is a King, and at least somewhat realizes what this means for himself, and those he leads.

English
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Question:

In the graphic novel series, The Walking Dead, the protagonist's son, Carl, shoots a living Shane when Shane attacks his father. In the television series of the same name, Carl shoots Shane after Shane has become a zombie. Why do you think the writers for the show made this change?

Melissa W.
Answer:

The contrast from Carl shooting a living Shane versus a zombie Shane says a lot about how our media is marketed. The graphic novel The Walking Dead was initially marketed toward a small niche of readers, people who sought out this type of macabre literature. Television reaches a wider audience, and the writers on the The Walking Dead show know this. They needed to water down their vision of The Walking Dead to both offend the least amount of viewers, and draw as large of an audience as possible. Carl shooting a zombie Shane is okay, and expected. The same young Carl shooting a living Shane, even to protect his father, is quite a shock, especially within the ongoing American issue of youths and gun use.

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