Assignment on passages, English

Determine whether each of the following passages is an explanation, an argument, or neither, and give reasons for your answer.

(i) It is much easier to buy the Melbourne Age in Sydney than it is to buy the Sydney Morning Herald in Melbourne. This seems unusual, since the Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald are newspapers of comparable quality, sold by the same publisher. But it is not so surprising when we consider that most readers are reasonably loyal to the newspapers they read, and that more people move from Melbourne to Sydney than move from Sydney to Melbourne. This passage explains why it is much easier to buy the Melbourne Age in Sydney than it is to buy the Sydney Morning Herald in Melbourne. The second sentence does not contribute to the explanation; rather, it acknowledges that there is something here that needs explaining. The final sentence provides the reasons why the first sentence is true.

(ii) The US government agreed to change the colour of the aid packages being dropped in Afghanistan from yellow to light blue. The yellow packages were similar in appearance to unexploded bomblets from cluster bombs, and a number of children have been killed, and more injured, by mistaking the bomblets for aid packages. It is hoped that such tragedies may be prevented, if the aid packages look clearly different. the passage is best understood as an explanation. It is not trying to convince us that Bin Laden has been described in that way, it is an explanation of why he has been so described.

(iii) Osama bin Laden has been described as the USA's Frankenstein's monster. They manufactured him for their own purposes - He was funded by the CIA in the war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. But now he has turned against them, and is a danger to his own creators. the passage is best understood as an explanation. It is not trying to convince us that Bin Laden has been described in that way, it is an explanation of why he has been so described.

(iv) Gun lobbyists such as the Shooters' Party like to present the issue of gun control as one about security, and about our right to protect our families. We should not be taken in by this rhetoric. Despite their claims about the security of families, it has long been clear from all the studies which have been conducted that having a gun in the home is most likely to endanger members of that household. In the mid 1980s, researchers in the United States examined the circumstances of 300 consecutive shootings which had occurred in private homes. In only 2 out of the 300 cases was the victim an intruder. This is an argument. Note the occurrence of the conclusion indicator "should" in the second sentence. The conclusion is that we should not be taken in by the gun lobby's rhetoric about the security of families.

Posted Date: 2/25/2013 1:07:57 AM | Location : United States







Related Discussions:- Assignment on passages, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Assignment on passages, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Assignment on passages Discussions

Write discussion on Assignment on passages
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
Why Do I Have to Read The Scarlet Letter? I know what you're thinking: Why did my teacher assign me this boring book? Why do I have to read about these uptight Puritans that li


In the book titled the raven by edgar allen poe, the bird perches on the bust statue of Athena. My homework is asking why poe wrote the statue being Athena and why not another god

Explain the biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne? Nathaniel Hawthorne is considered one of the great masters of American fiction. His novels and stories are explore complex moral and

reflection

Avoid Sexist Language The "he or she" problem Most composition theorists now agree that it's unacceptable to use masculine nouns and pronouns to refer to the whole human rac


Choose one Drupal site and one Joomla site (an alternative CMS package) from the lists below and evaluate them according to how well you think they manage and present their content

A strong, positive organisation culture is considered important for improving performance in the workplace.  Explain what is meant by organisation culture and discuss how managers