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Norton

Question

  1. Football related injuries are frequently covered in the news, and the implications of these ianjuries are often discussed. Has your attitude toward the game been affected by reports of injuries? Why or why not?
  2. Do some research on the invention of a new tactic in a sport then describe it in an essay.

Sample paper

Norton

Football is one of the many intense games where injuries are not far away from the prayers. Broken bones, ligament sprains and are some of the common examples of injuries suffered by football players. Over the years, the media, sports pundits, coaches and even players themselves have discussed the injuries and their implications which can either positively or negatively affect the game.  My attitude towards the game has been significantly affected by reports of injuries, after the reading of the article From the Blind Side by Michael Lewis. From the article, it is easy to point out that there are some players with bad intentions towards opposite players in the name of instilling fear in the minds and hearts or winning the game (Lewis, 2007). Despite their competitive nature and making a living out of sports, sports should be played for pleasure and relaxation and players should be careful not to injure others unless the injury is purely accidental. Injury reports in a sport such as football can discourage potential players from playing the game because of the fear of being injured.

Soccer is one of the most famous sports in the world today and watched by millions across the globe. A good soccer player must have the ability to make effective decisions during a soccer game. One of the new tactics employed in this game is the use of wing-backs.  For a long time, soccer teams have been playing with four defenders but in the recent past coaches are using five defenders: three center backs to defend and two wing backs to defend when the team loses the ball and attack the opponents when the team has the ball. This tactic has been effective considering that teams can have five players to defend as well as five players to attack.

 

References

Lewis, M. (2007). The blind side: Evolution of a game. WW Norton & Company.

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Explain how faith is a part of this story, give me two examples of faith in the man and two examples of faith in the boy.

 

Narrative essay

Question

Write a narrative of approximately 700 words about an important event in your life. Select a topic from the assigned readings or choose a topic of your own. Focus on the main event. Consider the main point you want to make and why it is worth sharing with your readers. Use subjective description to make the events seem real to readers. Arrange the information in an order that makes sense. It can be chronological, or your narrative might begin in the middle and then fill in the beginning with flashbacks. Use transitions that help the reader understand the order of events.

* Reference: My story. pdf is about my Background information (I came from south korea, I’m a berklee college of music student, I play the piano )

Another file is comparison between my country and U.S. culture that I wrote

So my main event in this essay is that I came here to America.

Sample paper

Narrative essay

Every individual coming to America has that American dream in them with hope for the future. However, coming to America might not be much fun and enjoyable as most individuals would imagine and like. To some people, life in American can exceed their expectations and become enjoyable and fun while to others it can fall far way below their expectations to become hectic. Having come to America as a young man, I have found it difficult to adjust to American culture. I have been living in America for the last eight months after I won a scholarship to join Harvard business school in Boston, Massachusetts. Before being fully assimilated into the American culture, most of my fellow students used to laugh at me whenever I made a mistake or did something that they were not familiar with. I was on Korea twenty-nine years ago, and the following are some of the noticeable differences between Korean and American culture.

Respect is one of the core pillars of Korean society.  Despite the America culture having some preservation for respect for those in power and the elders, it cannot be compared to what Koreans feel about respect.  In Korean culture, the youths have to bow down when addressing their elder. On special days such as 1st January of every year, the younger people especially boys have to kneel down on both knees when addressing the elders.  On the other hand, girls have to down on one knee when wishing their elders a happy new year. This is a sign of respect that should be observed by all Koreans. Moreover, children are totally prohibited from refereeing to their elders by their names (De, 2012). However, this is totally different in America as people have their own way of showing their respects. In America, the young generation uses words such as Mr., Mrs., Miss., Sir or Ma’am to address their seniors (Campbell & Kean, 2016). Fort the first few months I was caught up between the two cultures, and as a result, I would address my teachers and the elderly bowing down while at the same time using respectable words such as sir and ma’am.

Another major difference in cultures that I noticed in these two cultures is the eating habits. Most American citizens are known to like fast food from restaurants mainly because they are busy working. However, this is not the case in Korea as most people treasure healthy eating full of natural and healthy food. One of the favorable dishes among most Koreans is rice and a side dish of kimchi. Kimchi is considered as one of the healthiest dishes in the world today as it only contains natural food. However, the dish is not common among many Americans due to its strong garlic flavor (De, 2012). To my surprise, most of my colleagues preferred to take fast food rather than taking a considerable amount of time to prepare a good meal.  To many, pizzas, chicken, chips and burgers were good enough to take them all day long. For the first few months, it was difficult for me to eat and enjoy the fast food, but later on, I came to like them considering that most of the restaurants in Boston did not and did not prepare Korean food. I had to adapt and fit in my new community and society.

The other major difference between the two cultures that I have experienced during my stay in America is the mode of entertainment adopted by college students. During their free days especially at the weekend, most students in Korea gather in entertainment rooms within their schools to watch movies and to share meals. Moreover, most Korean universities if not all have PC rooms where students go to enjoy fast internet at a little fee of about one dollar for an hour. However, this is not the case in American universities. Come Friday night and Saturday; it is hard to find any student within the school compound as most of them go to night clubs till the morning light (Campbell & Kean, 2016).  Additionally, the current crop of university students in America are obsessed with video games and most of the times, the students lock their selves in their rooms with their friends and play these games. These video games are not common in Korea. Differences in culture from one country to another can be hectic especially to people who are not willing to give up their indigenous practices for new ones. Although it was tough for me to live the American way, it was a matter of time before I became fully assimilated into this culture.

References

Campbell, N., & Kean, A. (2016). American cultural studies: An introduction to american culture. London [etc.: Routledge.

De, M. B. (2012). The Korean mind: Understanding contemporary Korean culture. Tokyo: Tuttle Pub.

 

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This Is Tossing

 

This Is Tossing

Question

  1. Chris Wiewiora uses sensory language – specifically sight, sound, touch and visual cues – to help readers imaginatively experience the process of tossing a pizza crust. Locate places in the essay where his use of sensory language helps you imagine this process clearly.
  2. In essay form, and using sensory language like the kind you read in this story, write your own story about teaching someone to do something.

Sample paper

This Is Tossing

Question 1

Sensory language is one of the widely used styles of writing as it helps the readers to create mental pictures which help them to understand a piece of writing better. In his work, This Is Tossing Chris Wiewiora has widely used this language and below are some examples.

  1. To describe the coupling of moving plates without turning the other, the author uses the terms swivel the swivel plate. This phrase creates a mental picture in the mind of the reader on the movement of the hotplates full of dough (In Hughes, 2013).
  2. To describe the nature and type of the music coming from the restaurant, the author states that when a person walks in, in between the err-err blasting through the restaurant sound system. The word blasting helps to create a vivid picture in the reader’s mind of the strength and the loudness of the music coming out of the restaurant sound system.

Question 2

Jason who always comes to school wearing a soft sweater could not concentrate in class. He knew that his loving parents were throwing a party for his birthday and could not help but keep staring at the oversized black clock in the classroom. Jason vigorously snapped his favorite mint gum while simultaneously clicking over the desk with his nails like tap-dancing beetles. Time seemed to stand still and take on a new stretched-out dimension during the last ten minutes of the lesson. An anxious percussion ensemble accompanying his wait was vivid like a black spot in a white t-shirt (In Hughes, 2013). Finally, when the class was over, he quickly packed his books in his elegant backpack, and with a supersonic speed he left the class never to be seen in the school compound till the following day.

 

References

In Hughes, H. (2013). Best food writing 2013.

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The Norton Reader: “Falling Down is Part of Growing Up,” Henry Petrosky,

Explain how faith is a part of this story, give me two examples of faith in the man and two examples of faith in the boy.

Question

After seeing the true risks of even staying alive in this world, do you think it is worth it? What reason(s) do you think the man is choosing to stay alive? Do you think it’d be worth the risks to try and stay alive? Explain why or why not.

Explain how faith is a part of this story, give me two examples of faith in the man and two examples of faith in the boy. Explain each and how they relate to the book. 

Sample paper

The road

 

Question 1

  1. Their lives and the trip are full of risks, but the man and the boy have to survive. Considering that he had lost other family members and the boy was the only living soul of the entire family, the man had to find a way to survive and spend some more time with the boy. The boy reminded him of his family and he was determined to live for him, and it is worth the risk.
  2. Considering that the world was full of evil and bad guys, the man had to survive to protect his son as well as showing him to survive in harsh condition, and it was worth. Knowing how to survive in a harsh and dangerous condition is a lesson that the man was willing to teach his son and it worth the risk (Lowes, 2016).

Question 2

The faith that they are going to survive the harsh condition that surrounds them is what keeps the man and the boy to go on, and they are not willing to give up. The man has faith that they are not going to die, and at times he is forced to talk senses into the boy when the boy is afraid of dying. Moreover, he has faith in God and luck that they will be safe and they will find something to eat and drink.  On the other hand, the boy follows the example of his father and thus, he has complete faith in him that he will do anything to protect him from the bad guys (Lowes, 2016). Additionally, the boy had faith that his papa was capable of finding and providing food and water that made them survive that long on the road.

References

Lowes, J. L. (2016). Road to xanadu: A study in the ways of the imagination. Place of publication not identified: Princeton Univ Press.

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The Norton Reader: “Falling Down is Part of Growing Up,” Henry Petrosky,

The Norton Reader: “Falling Down is Part of Growing Up,” Henry Petrosky,

Question

The Norton Reader: “Falling Down is Part of Growing Up,” Henry Petrosky, pp. 83; Respond to question #1;

The Norton Reader: “On Going Home,” Joan Didion, pp 1-3; Respond to question #1

Sample paper

Response to questions

Question 1

In his article Falling down Is Part of Growing Up, Henry Petrosky is convinced that we are all engineers right from birth. I am fully convinced by his essay that human body and mind functions like an engineer. According to the author, all infants are born in a world of risks and trust which is similar to a life of an engineer who has to take the risk to build his structures or rather invent new things, but h has to trust his work for him to succeed. Soon after birth, the human body learns how to function as a lever, beams, columns and structures like bridges as the child try to walk or sit upright (Peterson & Brereton, 2008. Each time human fails; he learned through mistake and created something new with precision to ensure that it works. When the bridges and structures of the human body fail, he always reconstructs them just like what an engineer would do.

Question 2

Joan Didion in her essay On Going Home, he clearly expresses her fears of facing the past especially family life. According to the author every evening her husband’s calls her not only to inform her of his day but rather to what she has been doing all day long which suggests that she should find something to do rather than just lives in remote areas in Los Angeles. Moreover, when she visits her great aunts, they confuse herd for her cousin or one of their daughters that died at a young age (Peterson & Brereton, 2008). This is a clear indication that the author is afraid to embrace her past and make the future better.  She is always afraid of visiting her relatives as they always confuse her with a dead person.

References

Peterson, L. H., & Brereton, J. C. (2008). The Norton reader: An anthology of nonfiction. New York: W.W. Norton.

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Would you consider the father in THE ROAD a good guy or bad guy

 

Would you consider the father in THE ROAD a good guy or bad guy

Question

It becomes apparent that as humans we crave ritual numerous times so far in THE ROAD. Give two examples of this that you’ve read so far and explain why they are important. Also explain why you think rituals are important to humanity.

Would you consider the father in THE ROAD a good guy or bad guy. Think about the idea of what he is willing to do to protect the boy – which is basically anything. Give three concrete examples that explain your reasoning. Also, explain to me what you think it is to be “good” or “bad.”

Sample paper

The road

Question 1

Rituals can take a different form depending on the culture and norms of the countries as well as the nature of the environment in which people live.  In the essay the road, there are several rituals that are depicted by the author as he narrates the story of the man and the boy.

  1. The first ritual in the essay is prayers. A prayer is a practice of communicating with a high power. The man is seen calling out the name of God as a show of respect and acknowledgment of a higher power beyond him and his abilities.
  2. The other ritual in the essay is the feasting ritual. Most people and individuals believe in sharing what they have with less fortunate individuals. However, on this case, the man and the boy share the little food they get on their way for them to survive. On other occasions, the man allows the boy to have a larger share for him to be full (Lowes, 2016).

Question 2

I think and feel that the man in the essay THE ROAD is caring and good to his son as it is expected by all fathers. Below are some if the examples in the essay that shows how good the man was:

  1. On page 73, the author states that the boy was stumbling as he was so tired and the man picked him up, swung him into his shoulder and they went on.
  2. On page 76, the author states that when they had eaten, the man took the boy out on the gravel bar below the bridge and washed the boy’s face and hair and this clearly shows that he was good to the boy (Lowes, 2016).
  • On page 76, the author says that after the man had realized that the boy was shivering and moaning because of cold water, he dried him with a blanket, wrapped him in the blanket and carried him to the fire.

References

Lowes, J. L. (2016). Road to xanadu: A study in the ways of the imagination. Place of publication not identified: Princeton Univ Press.

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Working at Wendy

THE ROAD   

Question

This first essay is more of a creative writing assignment, and it is that I want you to write the last two pages of the book. Essentially, based off what you’ve read so far I would like you to guess how the book will end and write your version of the final two pages.

Think about Cormac McCarthy’s writing style and try to reflect that in your own work.

Sample paper

THE ROAD

The road is a story of a father and a son in the apocalypse world trying to survive in the wake of a disaster. The two characters in the essay are always on the road moving from one place to another in search for something to eat or live and to avoid calamity. From the description given in the essay, it is easy to tell that there is no life in the environment used to set the essay as the author clearly states that everything is in ashes and there is no life, especially in the town. As a result, the father and the son have to move from point to point to get a life and live a decent life although the boy is pessimistic about their survival especially on those cold days.  There is strong love between them, and clearly, they miss their earlier life and their family members. Additionally, they live the moment considering that they are not sure that they will live to see the next day.

From the last extract of the essay, the father has found the house in which he grew up, and this is a positive piece of news for both the son and the father. Having found their way back to the old man’s house, there is a high likelihood that they will survive the harsh weather conditions and the reality of life.  Having lived here in his childhood, the father knows the area and the house inside out, and of course, they have a roof over their heads which eventually protects them from the rain. The house is a symbol of hope for the pair to continue surviving and finding a way to live.

Additionally, finally, they have a place where they can call home which is near the lake with water. If they can work with what they have access to right now, there is a high chance that they settle here and grow their own crops for food and thus avoid starvation. Besides, considering that he knows the place very well, the father is likely to show his son the way out of their troubled life and get their life on track again.  From the earlier part of the easy, it was clear that the father was always positive of their situation despite having several challenges at hand. Often, he encouraged his son when it seemed that he had lost faith. With the house and the lake, he should be more positive about their current situation and believe that they should make it alive.

Notably, with the river close to them, they can repair the small pleasure boat half sunken in the water to travel from one point to another and then come back home. With the boats, they can travel up and down the river in search of food and other survival necessities to enable them to live a decent life and happy. Moreover, if they embrace what they possess and learn how to make them better for their use, they have a good chance of making it.

In conclusion, it is correct to say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the son and the father and now more than ever in the story, they seem to be in a good position. If they survived camping in the rain, they surely would survive this.

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Working at Wendy

Working at Wendy

Question

The Norton Reader: “Working at Wendy’s” Brent Staples, pp. 29; Respond to question #2; “The Battle of the Ants,” Henry David Thoreau, pp. 456; Respond to question #1

Sample paper

Working at Wendy

The author vividly explains his experience at Wendy working place by using adjectives that explains the characters of most of his co-workers. One of my favorite descriptions is where the author describes the nineteen years old boy who is washing the dishes. According to the author, the boy is skinny and brown-haired Asian looking boy. Through this description, the reader can create a mental picture of the person the author is talking about, and this makes the reader feel like he is part and parcel of the story (Peterson, 2012). Moreover, these descriptions make it easy for the reader to fully understand the worker and to make sure that the boy is not confused with any other employee who might be washing the dishes at Wendy’s.

The battle of the ants

In the essay, Henry uses Latin terminologies to stress his message across to his readers particularly because the ants are given the powers of human beings. Some other examples of such illusion in the essay include where every ant is compared to Buttrick –“fire! For God’s sake fire!” to show the ants were encouraging each in the field. This is meant to show the reader how each group of the ant both red and black was dedicated to fighting and win the battle. Moreover, the author says that he watched a couple that was fast locked in each other’s embraces prepared to fight till the sun went down or life went out of them (Peterson, 2012). This clearly shows how the battle was intense and serious.  Besides, he compares the ants to Greek soldiers who were dedicated to winning to the extent that they buried their fallen soldiers and left the enemies to be eaten by birds.

References

Peterson, L. H. (2012). The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction. WW Norton & Company.

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Comparison and contrast of the short stories the lottery and the rocking-horse winner

UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Question

Answer the following questions in as much detail as possible. Remember to analyze, and not summarize.

  1. Why does Sanders conclude his essay with paragraphs 53-55? What effect do they create that would be lost without them?
  2. Scott Russell Sanders frequently punctuates his memories of his father with information from other sources – dictionaries, medical encyclopedias, poems and short stories. What function do these sources perform? How do they enlarge and enrich Sanders’s essay?

Sample paper

UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Question 1

Having witnessed his dad quit living not because he liked it, but because he could not fight the urge of drinking alcohol; the narrator emotionally narrates his story with his father and now his ten-year-old son and tries to draw a comparison.  The concluding paragraphs clearly show his determination to avoid alcohol or rather the fight between self-consciousness and alcoholism, so that his son cannot end up like him where he lost his father to alcoholism. Moreover, they help to summarize the entire message of the story to remind the readers the primary reasons for why he is writing these pages. They also show that he is ready to forgo everything to ensure that his son .and all his children are spared and live a better life as well as offer them what he was not offered by his father. It is a reminder of why h has to undergo all the sacrifices in life.

Question 2

Most of the explicit sources used by the narrator are to justify as well as supporting actions of his father as well as of all the characters in the story. Moreover, these sources have also been used to emphasize on a message that the narrator wanted to put across to all his readers clearly. Although the actions may be wrong, with a supportive quotation or source seems to be right in the eyes of many. Moreover, they tend to bring a new dimension to the Sanders essays by indicating that these issues have been in the society for ages and that they will still affect the generations to come. As a result, there is the need for individuals to fully understand them in the right perspective and context to avoid catastrophes in future.

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Maya Angelou’s “Graduation.”

Maya Angelou’s “Graduation.”

Question

Answer the following questions in as much detail as you can about Maya Angelou’s “Graduation.” Do not summarize, instead analyze the reading.

  1. Presumably, all of Maya Angelou’s readers would have witnessed a graduation ceremony and brought their memories to her essay. How does she fulfill the reader’s expectations for what graduation includes? How does she surprise us with details we may not expect?
  2. Write a personal essay about an event you anticipated hopefully but that did not fulfill your expectations, incorporating an explanation of your disappointment into your account, as Angelou does.

Sample paper

Maya Angelou’s “Graduation.”

Question 1

Angelou, a young African-American lady, had worked her entire life to excel in life, and this graduation meant the world to her. As a result, she had fully prepared and rehearsed for this day. Through her detailed explanation of the graduation day, she can inform all readers about the events of the graduation ceremony to the extent that the readers feel like they were part of the audience. She fulfills the readers’ expectations for what comprises a graduation ceremony by fully explaining the emotions and joy that run through it (Henke, 2014). To show the joy and happiness, Angelou elaborates on the matching butter-yellow pique dress that the graduating girls were wearing on this day.  Additionally, she explains how she had rehearsed to walk down to the auditorium to receive her diploma honors. However, by narrating about the two white men who gate crashed their ceremony and despised and accused them because of their skin color, she informs the readers that not all people are happy with the graduation and success and some will attempt to discourage them.

Question 2

My brother and I are best friends, and we have done almost everything together in the best part of our life. I was so happy when he told me that he was getting married to his childhood sweetheart, and immediately we began preparing for the big day began.  Everything was in place until when it was clear that the bride would not show up for the wedding.  After waiting for hours, we got reports that the bride had changed her mind that morning and she felt like she was not ready for marriage. I felt sorry for my brother. My biggest disappointment was the fact that the bride did not tell us in advance, but rather waited until the last minute to change her mind.

References

Henke, S. A. (2014). Maya Angelou’s Caged Bird as Trauma Narrative. . Maya Angelou, , 107.

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Comparison and contrast of the short stories the lottery and the rocking-horse winner