Claiming a Comparison Quiz

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Which of these statements would work as a claim in a comparative literature essay? a. Japanese folk tales are generally much shorter than the folk tales of European cultures, but they are similar in their treatment of themes related to aging. b. Ancient African literature is much more more interesting to read than the tribal literature of Australia and North America. c. Many poems by the 20th century Irish poet William Butler Yeatts can be compared to ancient Irish poems that he would have read as a young man. d. The Old Man and the Sea addresses the same themes as many of Hemingway’s other novels, but in a form that makes his shortest novel seem very different.
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a. Japanese folk tales are generally much shorter than the folk tales of European cultures, but they are similar in their treatment of themes related to aging.
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Which words and phrases can best help you write a really good claim for a comparative literature essay? a. while, both, only one, however b. of, into, because of, besides c. media format, feature, print, text d. argue, analyze, according to
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a. while, both, only one, however
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Which statement accurately compares and contrasts “The Lady or the Tiger?” and “A Lady’s Tale”? a. While both stories involve characters who seem to be in love, only “The Lady or the Tiger?” presents a situation that many readers can relate to. b. While “The Lady or the Tiger?” does contrast the goals of parents and children, it also emphasizes the difference between the powerful and powerless. c. While both stories address the fragile nature of love, “A Lady’s Tale” is much less dramatic in its presentation of lovers who do not end up together. d. While “A Lady’s Tale” begins with a conversation that seems promising, it ends with a conversation that makes true love seem impossible.
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c. While both stories address the fragile nature of love, “A Lady’s Tale” is much less dramatic in its presentation of lovers who do not end up together.
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Which phrase best defines comparative literature? a. a tool for evaluating literature, in which a student rates literature compared to the value of other art forms b. the field of study that in which people analyze how the literature of various cultures is similar and different c. literature that focuses on the similarities and differences among cultures or societies d. a way of reading literature that involves comparing one form or genre of writing to another
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b. the field of study that in which people analyze how the literature of various cultures is similar and different

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