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Style Question: Use of “we” vs. “I” vs. passive voice in a dissertation


A dissertation is a written thesis, often based on original research, usually required for a higher degree.

In writing a dissertation, it is preferable to use the passive voice instead of "we" or "I". It is more formal and it presents the facts or results of research clearly. The use of the passive voice will help the readers form their own opinion about the dissertation based on how they perceived it while reading it not on how they read your subjective views.



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In the following passage from Great Astronomers by Robert Stewall Ball, the author states that he will trace the developments in astronomy from the time of Ptolemy to the nineteenth century. Based on the content and style of the excerpt, what kind of audience did Ball primarily have in mind when he was writing this book? The history of astronomy thus becomes inseparable from the history of the great men to whose labours its development is due. In the ensuing chapters we have endeavoured to sketch the lives and the work of the great philosophers, by whose labours the science of astronomy has been created. We shall commence with Ptolemy, who, after the foundations of the science had been laid by Hipparchus, gave to astronomy the form in which it was taught throughout the Middle Ages. We shall next see the mighty revolution in our conceptions of the universe which are associated with the name of Copernicus. We then pass to those periods illumined by the genius of Galileo and Newton, and afterwards we shall trace the careers of other more recent discoverers, by whose industry and genius the boundaries of human knowledge have been so greatly extended. Our history will be brought down late enough to include some of the illustrious astronomers who laboured in the generation which has just passed away. A. students specializing in the study of astronomy B. people with a casual interest in astronomy C. scientists and mathematicians working with astronomers D. geologists and cartographers

The best and most correct answer among the choices provided by the question is the third choice or letter C.

Scientists and mathematicians working with astronomers are kind of audience did Ball primarily have in mind when he was writing the book.


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What is one advantage of silently reading a play as opposed to listening to an audio recording? A Readers can hear which words characters emphasize as they speak. B Readers can grasp the setting of the play based on sound effects. C Readers can observe lighting, staging, and stage directions. D Readers can imagine the sound and tone of each character’s voice.

I think the correct answer from the choices listed above is option D. One  advantage of silently reading a play as opposed to listening to an audio recording would be readers can imagine the sound and tone of each character’s voice. Hope this answers the question.

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According to Mario Pei, slang is common to English as well as to foreign languages (80). Many words that were once considered slang are now words of full, legitimate standing in our language. Some of these words are strenuous, spurious, clumsy, and bogus. Even Shakespeare introduced into current usage such slang terms of his day as hubbub, fireworks, fretful, (to) bump, and (to) dwindle. Pei estimates that about 90 percent of all slang words eventually become permanent (Johns 12). What is the author's style? He is using slang he is using a very formal style He is using a very informal style He is using critical style

The correct answer is B. He is using a very formal style

Explanation:

In writing, the style refers to the particular way in which a writer conveys a certain message that is determined by the words the writer uses. In the case of formal style, in this style, certain elements such as conventions of language and grammar, technical or complex words prevail while slangs, colloquial words or too informal words are avoided. This type of style can be identified in the text presented because the author of it avoid colloquial term or word and instead uses complex terms such as "legitimate standing in our language" or "Pei estimates that about 90 percent". Therefore, in this case, the style can be mainly described as a very formal style.

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"So some of the cheefe of the company, perceiveing the mariners to faare the suffisiencie of the shipe, as appeared by their mutterings, they entred into serious consulltation with the mr and other officers of the ship, to consider in time of the danger; and rather to returne then to cast them selves into a desperate and inevitable perill." How would the meaning of the excerpt change if mutterings was replaced with conversations? A. It would change the tone of the excerpt. B. It would change how the sailors voiced their concerns. C. It would change how the captain dealt with the sailors. D. It would change the effect of the actions that followed.

B. it would change how the sailors voiced their concerns. "mutterings" suggests that it was only something the crew was saying under their breath, or saying only between themselves--privately. "conversations" is much more general, giving you the idea that they spoke about it openly. when you think "muttering" you might get an image of a kid muttering some smart reply under their breath in response to authority. it's like a petty complaint, almost. when you hear the word "conversation" you might picture a group of people sitting together having a full discussion. changing from one word to the other definitely changes the image of how the sailors are speaking amongst themselves.

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Read the sentence. The restaurants on the pier in Monterey handed out samples of clam chowder. Which identifies the type of noun boldfaced in the sentence? A. Common B. Proper C. Noncount D. Pronoun 2. Which of the following statements best summarizes the role of media in changing attitudes toward smoking? A. Media used to protray smoking as something everybody did; now media protray smoking as a personal choice. B. Media used to protray smoking as something that beautiful woman and masculine men did; now media campaigns emphasize the financial costs of smoking. C. Media used to protray smoking as patriotic; now media protray smoking as un-American. D. Media used to protray smoking as cool and sophisticated; now media protray smoking as dangerous. 3. Read the passage: I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. Identify the allusion. Then identify the effect of that allusion. A. The speaker alludes to rivers from his childhood; the effect is that the reader understands that the rivers were created by African American. B. The speaker alludes to rivers from his childhood; the effect is that the rivers are part of the collective voice. C. The speaker alludes to rivers as old as civilization itself; the reader recongnizes that the poet is intelligent. D. The speaker alludes to rivers as old as civilization itself; the poet shows how the survival of his people is like the long life of the rivers.

I'm not sure about 1 and 2 but the answer to 3 is D. 

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Which lines from "The Weary Blues" suggest that the speaker is impressed by the musician? A- Down on Lenox Avenue the other night By the dull pale pallor of an old gas light B- With his ebony hands on each ivory key He made that poor piano moan with melody. C- In a deep voice with a melancholy tone D- Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor.

Answer: B. With his ebony hands on each ivory key He made that poor piano moan with melody.

In these lines, the speaker shows that he is impressed by the musician. The speaker describes the musician's hands in careful detail, showing that he has been looking at them attentively. He also tells us that he made the piano "moan." This is a reference to the terribly beautiful way the piano sounded when he played it. This shows that the speaker believes the playing to be very skilled, and indicates that the speaker is impressed by the musician.

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An author might use the framed narrative technique to _____. develop his or her narrator as a character offer insight as to his or her opinions about the story make the story more appealing to an educated audience communicate the story in a reliable narrative voice

The correct answer is A.

A frame narrative includes a different story within the main one. An author may use this technique to develop the narrator as a character by providing, for example, background information that will help the reader get a better understanding of the character's personality and flaws.

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An author who wanted to develop their narrator as a character might make use a(n) _____ narrative style. unreliable reliable distant close

An author who wanted to develop their narrator as a character might make use a close narrative style.

Narrative is a form of retelling, often in words, something that has occurred.  A narrative techniquerefers to any of several specific methods the author of a narrative uses in order to convey what they wish. To put it simple, a strategy employed in the making of a narrative to relay information to the audience and, particularly, to "develop" the narrative, usuallyto make it more complete, complicated, or interesting.

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Which sentence best summarizes this excerpt from Book 21 of the Odyssey? This gift, long since when Sparta's shore he trod, On young Ulysses Iphitus bestowed: Beneath Orsilochus' roof they met; One loss was private, one a public debt; Messena's state from Ithaca detains Three hundred sheep, and all the shepherd swains; And to the youthful prince to urge the laws, The king and elders trust their common cause. But Iphitus, employed on other cares, Search'd the wide country for his wandering mares, And mules, the strongest of the labouring kind; Hapless to search; more hapless still to find! For journeying on to Hercules, at length That lawless wretch, that man of brutal strength, Deaf to Heaven's voice, the social rites transgress'd; And for the beauteous mares destroy'd his guest. He gave the bow; and on Ulysses' part Received a pointed sword, and missile dart: Of luckless friendship on a foreign shore Their first, last pledges! for they met no more. The bow, bequeath'd by this unhappy hand, Ulysses bore not from his native land; Nor in the front of battle taught to bend, But kept in dear memorial of his friend. 1. Ulysses gets the bow from Iphitus as a token of their friendship. 2. Ulysses avenges Iphitus by attacking his murderer Hercules. 3. Ulysses marks his vow to see Iphitus again by gifting him a sword. 4.Ulysses helps Iphitus search for his strongest horses and donkeys.

Here is the answer to the given question above. The sentence that best summarizes this excerpt from Book 21 of the Odyssey would be this: Ulysses avenges Iphitus by attacking his murderer Hercules. Therefore, the answer for this would be option 2. Hope this is the answer that you are looking for.

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Match each style of poetry to its description. Tiles epic ballad elegy ode

Answer:

a lyric poem that uses lofty language,

a formal tone, and often

contains an apostrophe

- ode

a narrative poem made up of quatrains,

or four-line stanzas, where alternate

lines rhyme

-Ballad

a lyric poem that contains 14 lines and

a fixed pattern of rhyme

-Sonnet

a lyric poem that has a sad tone and is

used to express sorrow over

someone’s death

-ellegy

Explanation: i search its meaning up

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The proper style for an argumentative essay is academic. friendly. informal. personal.

The correct answer is academic.


Argumentative essays require you to use extensive research so that you can make your arguments stronger. You will usually present the argument you are fighting against, and the arguments that you want to support, and therefore you need to convince the reader to believe you. You will do that by using academic style and vocabulary, rather than friendly, informal, or personal.

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Which two points of view are used in this excerpt from “Games at Twilight” by Anita Desai? It then occurred to him that he could have slipped out long ago, dashed across the yard to the veranda, and touched the “den.” It was necessary to do that to win. He had forgotten. He had only remembered the part of hiding and trying to elude the seeker. He had done that so successfully, his success had occupied him so wholly, that he had quite forgotten that success had to be clinched by that final dash to victory and the ringing cry of “Den!” With a whimper he burst through the crack, fell on his knees, got up, and stumbled on stiff, benumbed legs across the shadowy yard, crying heartily by the time he reached the veranda so that when he flung himself at the white pillar and bawled, “Den! Den! Den!” his voice broke with rage and pity at the disgrace of it all, and he felt himself flooded with tears and misery. Out on the lawn, the children stopped chanting. They all turned to stare at him in amazement. Their faces were pale and triangular in the dusk. The trees and bushes around them stood inky and sepulchral, spilling long shadows across them. They stared, wondering at his reappearance, his passion, his wild animal howling. A.) third-person omniscient B.) second person C.) third-person limited D.) first person

Answer: A.) third-person omniscient and C.) third-person limited.

The third-person omniscient point of view is a way of telling a story in which the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all the characters in the story. On the other hand, the third-person limited point of view is fixed or "limited" to a particular perspective. In the omniscient point of view, the narrator is free to move between characters, and can know all of them equally well. In the limited point of view, the narrator only knows the thoughts and feelings of one character, and the other ones are usually described using pronouns such as "he" and "she."

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When you read your writing,what should you ask to evaluate your use of voice? A.Have I focused my topic? B.Does the paper sound like me? C.Is my organization clear? D.Does the narrative flow

B
The voice of a piece of writing reflects the author's distinct personality, style or point of view so if the piece of writing does sound like oneself, it has an appropriate voice.

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Which sentence uses the possessive form correctly? a. abraham lincoln's top hat made the 6'4" president look even taller. b. childrens' rights were not considered during the early 1600s. c. the singer's voices echoed through the halls of the white house. d. at just 5'4", james madisons' height makes him the shortest president.

The answer is A.

B) correctly written would be

"Children's rights were not considered during the early 1600s. "

C) correctly written would be

"The singers' voices echoed through the halls of the White House. "

D) correctly written would be

"At just 5'4", James Madison's height makes him the shortest president."

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Pwease help me *hugs* 17. The following quotation from the biography “Nolan Bushnell” best describes Bushnell as what type of management leader? “His management style was not very rigid or hierarchical; as long as someone got his or her job done, almost anything went.” A. strict, meticulous, and insistent on a staff that adheres to a schedule B. “hands-off” approach; expecting employees to get work done but staff can work however they see fit C. struggling to encourage staff members to complete their work in a timely manner D. expecting that the staff at the top of the company to carry the weight of the rest of the work force 18. In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” the wife’s character is most developed by A. exposition. B. her thoughts. C. Walter's words. D. her dialogue with Walter.

Answer:

17. B. “hands-off” approach; expecting employees to get work done but staff can work however they see fit.

In the passage, we see that Bushnell is not a very strict type of manager. He does not try to control his employees, nor is he overly demanding. The passage states that, as long as everyone completed their work, he preferred to leave them alone and work as they see fit.

18. D. her dialogue with Walter.

In "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," we are mostly concerned with Walter, and the thoughts that go through his head. Most other characters are only defined through their interactions with him. This is the case of Walter's wife, who we get to know through her dialogue with Walter.

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Based on the MLA style guide, what do you need to submit with a research paper?

Citations telling where you got your information. Hope this helps! :)

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Briefly describe how an author can use imagery to create unique style and voice?

The author describes how the voice and style will look by creating images by writing

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Read the excerpt below, and then select one prompt. You will choose to write either a narrative essay or an informational response paragraph. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, excerpt By Mark Twain When Tom awoke in the morning, he wondered where he was. He sat up and rubbed his eyes and looked around. Then he comprehended. It was the cool gray dawn, and there was a delicious sense of repose and peace in the deep pervading calm and silence of the woods. Not a leaf stirred; not a sound obtruded [interrupted] upon great Nature's meditation. Beaded dewdrops stood upon the leaves and grasses. A white layer of ashes covered the fire, and a thin blue breath of smoke rose straight into the air. Joe and Huck still slept. Now, far away in the woods a bird called; another answered; presently the hammering of a woodpecker was heard. Gradually the cool dim gray of the morning whitened, and as gradually sounds multiplied and life manifested itself. The marvel of Nature shaking off sleep and going to work unfolded itself to the musing boy. A little green worm came crawling over a dewy leaf, lifting two-thirds of his body into the air from time to time and "sniffing around," then proceeding again—for he was measuring, Tom said; and when the worm approached him, of its own accord, he sat as still as a stone, with his hopes rising and falling, by turns, as the creature still came toward him or seemed inclined to go elsewhere; and when at last it considered a painful moment with its curved body in the air and then came decisively down upon Tom's leg and began a journey over him, his whole heart was glad .... Now a procession of ants appeared, from nowhere in particular, and went about their labors; one struggled manfully by with a dead spider five times as big as itself in its arms, and lugged it straight up a tree-trunk. A brown spotted lady-bug climbed the dizzy height of a grass blade, and Tom bent down close to it and said, "Lady-bug, lady-bug, fly away home, your house is on fire, your children's alone," and she took wing and went off to see about it—which did not surprise the boy, for he knew of old that this insect was credulous [trusting] about conflagrations [fires], and he had practised upon its simplicity more than once. A tumblebug came next, heaving sturdily at its ball, and Tom touched the creature, to see it shut its legs against its body and pretend to be dead. The birds were fairly rioting by this time. A catbird, the Northern mocker, lit in a tree over Tom's head, and trilled out her imitations of her neighbors in a rapture of enjoyment; then a shrill jay swept down, a flash of blue flame, and stopped on a twig almost within the boy's reach, cocked his head to one side and eyed the strangers with a consuming curiosity; a gray squirrel and a big fellow of the "fox" kind came skurrying along, sitting up at intervals to inspect and chatter at the boys, for the wild things had probably never seen a human being before and scarcely knew whether to be afraid or not. All Nature was wide awake and stirring, now; long lances of sunlight pierced down through the dense foliage far and near, and a few butterflies came fluttering upon the scene. ------------------------ Select only one prompt. You will choose to write either a narrative essay or an informational response paragraph. Prompt Choice 1 (Narrative Essay) Read the prompt below and write a well-developed narrative essay. Recall a time when you observed something closely and in great detail. What was it? What did you learn? Write a narrative of your experience using descriptions that capture the mood of this event. **Be sure that your narrative has a clear beginning, middle, and end. Use your mature voice, specific details, sensory descriptions, and dialogue. Proofread your work before submitting. Prompt Choice 2 (Informational Response) Review the excerpt above. Read this sentence from the excerpt and answer the question in a well-developed paragraph. The marvel of Nature shaking off sleep and going to work unfolded itself to the musing boy. How does the author create the feeling of a "marvel"? What details, words, and descriptions from this excerpt create a sense of the marvelous? **Be sure to re-state the question in your topic sentence and use specific examples and details from the story to support your answers. Proofread your work before submitting.

One day, in the empty forest, i spotted a buck [deer] just off the edge of the river drinking water. I inched my way over to get a better look at the creature. Then trotted along three baby deers joining their mother, each deer had its own patter of black spots on its body. Each distinguishing itself from others. As the deer finished their quenching drink of water, They spotted me quietly looking at them. They surveyed the area around me and gave me a good look....

This is what a narrative would be.

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We talk for an hour and had apple pie and coffee, slowly. Finally, we got up with Carolyn taking my hand. Slightly embarrassed, I tried to pull away but her grip held me. I let her have her way as she led me down the hallway with her mother right behind me. . . . Carolyn waved again. I looked, back, waving. . . . Her people were like Mexicans, only different. Which best explains how Soto’s text structure helps establish his voice in the excerpt? A. Soto compares his experience to his wife’s experience in order to criticize marriage in a multicultural society. B. Soto lists a series of events to present guidelines on how to live in a multicultural society. C. Soto relates a story from his life to make a point about what it means to live in a multicultural society. D. Soto uses a cause-and-effect format to show how a person’s heritage can limit his or her marriage choices.

The correct answer is Soto relates a story from his life to make a point about what it means to live in a multicultural society.

Explanation:

In literature, the voice of the author refers to the author's style and the features in the text that makes his writing unique. Also, the voice is linked to the attitude and character of the author. In the case of the text presented, the author describes the way in which after drinking coffee and eating a pie the woman that is with him called Carolyn took his hand, which seems something he did not expect and is uncomfortable for him. Despite this, he let her take his hand and at the end of the text compares Carolyn with Mexican people.

This implies the customs and culture of Carolyn are different from the ones of the author and that the reason why he feels uncomfortable when she takes his hand. But the author also understands she is just different in the same way Mexicans are. This means, in this text, the attitude and personality of the author (voice) are established as he compares one specific experience in his life to make a general point which is living in a multicultural society implies encountering customs different to the own customs.

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