English 101-Chpt. 001

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What is the purpose of a summary?
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To provide the main points of a piece of writing.
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What does it mean to evaluate?
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To explain criteria and judge the quality of import of the object at hand.
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What does it mean to report information?
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To examine all the evidence on a subject and present an objective overview.
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What does it mean to analyze?
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To break a topic into parts and examine how these parts work or interact.
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What is a topic?
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The subject of a piece of writing.
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What is a thesis?
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The author’s opinion about the subject of his or her piece of writing.
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What is tone?
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The attitude the author takes toward his or her audience.
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What is the meaning of the term formal as it applies to tone?
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Serious or official.
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What are assumptions?
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Something believed to be true without proof.
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What is the meaning of term convince?
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To persuade someone to do something.
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What is the meaning of the term vague?
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Incoherent or unclear.
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What is the meaning of the term impartial?
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Not favoring one side or another.
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What does it mean to persuade?
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To offer convincing support for a point of view.
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Effective thesis statements do what?
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Comment on the topic at hand.
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Why is narrowing the topic an important stage of writing?
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No one can write an effective paper that is vague or promises to cover too much.

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