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Social Sciences and Humanities
SSH 205
Aaron Tucker

SSH205 FINAL EXAM REVIEW Q.1. Describe what a 10-on-1 essay structure is and then it works in combination with a representative example. A.1. A 10 on 1 essay structure is a focused analysis of a representative example. A representative example is a small specific example that is analyzed and use to make an argument representing a bigger claim. The 10 on 1 essay structure holds the general rule that it is better to make ten observations about a single representative issue as oppose to repeating the same point as an "answer" for ten similar examples. In the 10 on 1 essay structure, the writer develops a series of points about a single representative example. The "1" is the representative example and the "10" is comprised of both observations and interpretive leaps that you make about the "1" including not only what the writer notices but what they make of what they notice. Q.2. Detail one potential effective strategy for essay introductions and link it to one of our course readings as an example. A.2. An introduction's main function is to bring the reader into the subject. The most common introduction forms a kind of funnel that starts general with a statement or question about the subject, then calrifies or narrows the subject in one or more sentence. This is followed by a thesis statement which will assert the central idea of the essay. An effective strategy to creating an introduction is to create an image. Creating an image in your writing is done by physically describing the space in order to try and paint a visual picture in the reader's head. Explanation of colour, space, and senses will create a could picture in the reader's head of the setting, but not every last detail needs to be described. Birkerts does a very good job of creating an image in his introduction as he very thoroughly explains the setting of the professors library. Q.3. Briefly describe and detail how to overcome one of the following “habits of mind”: banking, generalizing, judging, debate-style argument, either/or thinking, personalizing. A.3. When we generalize, what we are really saying is "the gist of this is...". Generalizing is not always a bad habit, but the problem is that it removes the mind much too quickly from the information that produced the generalization. Often the generalizations that come to mind are so broad that they tell us nothing, because they are week ideas that are born prematurley. An example of a generalization would be for someone to say "his stories are very boring" without any reason to back this up. The best way to overcome generalizations is to train yourself to be more self conscious as to where your generalizations come from, or in other words press yourself to trace general impressions to the particulars that caused them. You must choose to notice more, and to keep noticing. Q.4. Examine the strengths and/or weaknesses of the following thesis statement, then fix it: “Marshall McLuhan’s Playboy Interview is about how technology is an extension of our bodies”. A.4. A thesis is a statement that makes an argumentative assertion about a topic, that states the conclusion you have reached about your topic. The thesis is supposed to provide the purpose and direction of your paper, and should be focused and specific. An evolving thesis begins as a working thesis which describes the topic generally, making an observation, followed by an argument about this observation. As the essay continues, the thesis becomes more complex and eventually is a final evolved thesis which will take the ideas of the initial thesis and recreate it into more depth, using a lens or applying ideas. This thesis statement is weak because it makes an overly broad claim about an interpretation of a reading, and it has not evolved. "Marshall McLuhan's playboy interview is about how technology is an extension of our bodies which has..." Q.5. Explain the 5 Step Analysis and link it into how to write an effective thesis statement A.5. The five step analysis is a method that will guide a writer into circling, underlining, and drawing connecting arrow among observations in a reading. The point of the five step analysis is to make the listing activity more coherent and systematic. The first step is to look for exact repetitions of words and note how many times they repeat. The second step is to locate repetitions of strands. Step three is locating binary oppositions. Step 4 is to rank these details in order of importance. Step five is to take the three ranked most important on the list and write a focused paragraph on why one repetition or strand is significant. This links to writing an effective thesis statement because an effective thesis statement should have within it the key terms found in the five step analysis. The five step analysis also helps your thesis statement to be specific and precise as oppose to being too broad and general. Q.6. Identify and describe each storey of the “Three-Storey Thesis” and how it helps to structure an essay. A. Effective thesis statements start a bit broader, and as the essay progresses, the thesis develops to become more complex. The "three storey thesis" refers to the evolved thesis in which there are three parts or three "storeys". The first story describes the topic generally, giving the facts and observation, but none of these observations are non-controversial. The second storey is where an argument is made about the fact, adding controversy. The third storey relates to the second storey and explains its significance. In the third story the writer may use a lens or just apply other ideas. An example of a three storey thesis would be "Foran speaking to an older retribalized audience creates a bianery between traditional and ephemeral by using the words adult and meaningful in contrast to crude. This represents the trauma of Foran moving from a traditional system to a new modernized system, ultimately showing the stress that the change of value systems has on retribalized man." 7. Discuss the difference between “process” and “product” as it relates to university essay writing. A "process" in relation touniversitessay writing, is a term used to describe the steps taken in order to create a desiredoutcome . These steps include rough drafts, outlines, draft exchanges and much more, these steps work together in order to create, in hopes, the best outcome oproduct. The product is the final outcome of this process, such as an essay. Although they hold different meanings, they both need and effect each other. In order to create a product
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