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Name two characteristics of a strong thesis statement (2 points)

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Name two characteristics of a strong thesis statement (2 points)

Name:____________________________________ Grade:_____

    Advanced Communicative Competences

    Universidad de la Santísima Concepción

    Test One: Writing

True/False (4 points)

    A thesis statement presents a balanced judgement of a topic. ____________ A thesis statement appears in the first line of the essay. _____________ A thesis statement must make a point that can be supported or discussed. ______________

    A thesis statement expresses one main idea. _____________ Sample Essay Analysis. Fill out this outline with the information found in the sample essay. Be as

    detailed as possible. (15 points)

    Topic of the Essay: ____________________

    I. Introduction

    A. Introductory statement

    B. Thesis statement: ____________________________________________ II. Body

    A. First Supporting Idea (Topic Sentence): __________________________

    1. ____________________

    2. ____________________

    3. ____________________

    B. Second Supporting Idea (Topic Sentence): ________________________

    1. ____________________

    2. ____________________

    3. ____________________

    C. Third Supporting Idea (Topic Sentence): _________________________

    1. ____________________

    2. ____________________

    3. ____________________

    III. Conclusion

    A. Closing statement

    B. Restate thesis: ______________________________________________

    The Hazards of Moviegoing

    By John Langan

    From College Writing Skills with Readings

    I am a movie fanatic. When friends want to know what picture won the Oscar in 1980 or who played the police chief in Jaws, they ask me. My friends, though, have stopped asking me if I want to go out to the movies. The problems in getting to the

    theater, the theater itself, and the behavior of some patrons are all reasons why I often wait for a movie to show up on TV.

    First of all, just getting to the theater presents difficulties. Leaving a home equipped

    with a TV and a video recorder isn't an attractive idea on a humid, cold, or rainy night. Even if the weather cooperates, there is still a thirty-minute drive to the theater

    down a congested highway, followed by the hassle of looking for a parking space. And then there are the lines. After hooking yourself to the end of a human chain, you worry about whether there will be enough tickets, whether you will get seats together, and whether many people will sneak into the line ahead of you.

    Once you have made it to the box office and gotten your tickets, you are confronted with the problems of the theater itself. If you are in one of the run-down older

    theaters, you must adjust to the musty smell of seldom-cleaned carpets. Escaped

    springs lurk in the faded plush or cracked leather seats, and half the seats you sit in seem loose or tilted so that you sit at a strange angle. The newer twin and quad theaters offer their own problems. Sitting in an area only one-quarter the size of a

    regular theater, moviegoers often have to put up with the sound of the movie next

    door. This is especially jarring when the other movie involves racing cars or a karate war and you are trying to enjoy a quiet love story. And whether the theater is old or new, it will have floors that seem to be coated with rubber cement. By the end of a

    movie, shoes almost have to be pried off the floor because they have become sealed to a deadly compound of spilled soda, hardening bubble gum, and crushed Ju-Jubes.

    Some of the patrons are even more of a problem than the theater itself. Little kids

    race up and down the aisles, usually in giggling packs. Teenagers try to impress their friends by talking back to the screen, whistling, and making what they consider to be hilarious noises. Adults act as if they were at home in their own living rooms

    and comment loudly on the ages of the stars or why movies aren't as good anymore. And people of all ages crinkle candy wrappers, stick gum on their seats, and drop popcorn tubs or cups of crushed ice and soda on the floor. They also cough and

    burp, squirm endlessly in their seats, file out for repeated trips to the rest rooms or concession stand, and elbow you out of the armrest on either side of your seat.

    After arriving home from the movies one night, I decided that I was not going to be a

    moviegoer anymore. I was tired of the problems involved in getting to the movies and dealing with the theater itself and some of the patrons. The next day I arranged to have cable TV service installed in my home. I may now see movies a bit later than

    other people, but I'll be more relaxed watching box office hits in the comfort of my own living room.

    What is the Perfect Pet?

    By Jane Doe

    "A dog is man's best friend." That common saying may contain some truth, but dogs are not the only animal friend whose companionship people enjoy. For many people, a cat is their best friend. Despite what dog lovers may believe, cats make excellent housepets.

    In the first place, people enjoy the companionship of cats. Many cats are affectionate. They will snuggle up and ask to be petted, or scratched under the chin. Who can resist a purring cat? If they're not feeling affectionate, cats are generally quite playful. They love to chase balls and feathers, or just about anything dangling from a string. They especially enjoy playing when their owners are participating in the game. Contrary to popular opinion, cats can be trained. Using rewards and punishments, just like with a dog, a cat can be trained to avoid unwanted behavior or perform tricks. Cats will even fetch!

    In the second place, cats are civilized members of the household. Unlike dogs, cats do not bark or make other loud noises. Most cats don't even meow very often. They generally lead a quiet existence. Cats also don't often have "accidents." Mother cats train their kittens to use the litter box, and most cats will use it without fail from that time on. Even stray cats usually understand the concept when shown the box and will use it regularly. Cats do have claws, and owners must make provision for this. A tall scratching post in a favorite cat area of the house will often keep the cat content to leave the furniture alone. As a last resort, of course, cats can be declawed.

    Lastly, one of the most attractive features of cats as housepets is their ease of care. Cats do not have to be walked. They get plenty of exercise in the house as they play, and they do their business in the litter box. Cleaning a litter box is a quick, painless procedure. Cats also take care of their own grooming. Bathing a cat is almost never necessary because under ordinary circumstances cats clean themselves. Cats are more particular about personal cleanliness than people are. In addition, cats can be left home alone for a few hours without fear. Unlike some pets, most cats will not destroy the furnishings when left alone. They are content to go about their usual activities until their owners return.

    Cats are low maintenance, civilized companions. People who have small living quarters or less time for pet care should appreciate these characteristics of cats. However, many people who have plenty of space and time still opt to have a cat because they love the cat personality. In many ways, cats are the ideal housepet.

Thesis writing. (3 points each, 15 points total) Write a strong thesis statement about FIVE of the SIX

    topics listed below.

Global warming, Private/public schools, Study abroad, Chilean cinema, Men’s role in household

    management, Divorce.

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Thesis writing. (3 points each, 15 points total) Write a strong thesis statement about FIVE of the SIX

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    Ethical wage/salary, Sex education, Travel, Hollywood, Women’s role in the workforce, Abortion.

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