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The Hierarchy Ladder in The Book of Genesis | Western Literature I – Lesson 5

In the book of Genesis, a hierarchy system (a system in which members of an organization or society are ranked according to relative status or authority) amongst God, men, women and animals was evident from the beginning. This essay will go over where we can find evidence for this system in the book of Genesis, and then I will very briefly go over why a … Continue reading The Hierarchy Ladder in The Book of Genesis | Western Literature I – Lesson 5

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My Last Year With The Ron Paul Curriculum | The Courses I’m Going To Be Taking

Hello and welcome back or to my school blog! This post will go over what course I will be taking this year as my last year of school. I am writing this for personal organization and time management reasons so that I can do as much as possible this year. Why Is This My Last Year? As you may or may not know, I turned … Continue reading My Last Year With The Ron Paul Curriculum | The Courses I’m Going To Be Taking

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English I: Classic Autobiographies | Term Paper & Course Review

Note (This was not an assignment nor will it be expected of you, if you decide to take this course. I merely wanted to summarize everything I have learnt through this course for personal reflections and revision. Though I skipped the last five essays, as of May the 18th, I completed ‘English I: Classic Autobiographies; by watching every single lecture, writing many essays and taking … Continue reading English I: Classic Autobiographies | Term Paper & Course Review

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How Important Is It For One To Summarize Their Philosophy Of Life In An Early Chapter Of An Autobiography? | English I – Lesson 145

How important is it for one to summarize their philosophy of life (which is a personal view on how life should be lived, philosophical view of, the meaning of life) in an early chapter of their autobiography? Though there are many viewpoints with which one can answer this question, this essay will support the view that conveying one’s philosophy of life in an early chapter … Continue reading How Important Is It For One To Summarize Their Philosophy Of Life In An Early Chapter Of An Autobiography? | English I – Lesson 145

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Would Walden Have Been a Better Book if Thoreau Had Supplied More Background Information on His Life? | English I – Lesson 140

One of America’s most influential writers, Henry David Thoreau who was an American poet, naturalist and self-proclaimed philosopher was born on 12 July 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts, United States, wrote Walden – Life in the Woods, an autobiographical account of his time spent living at Walden pond from 1845 until 1847. Many of his readers consider his book powerful and others view it as utter … Continue reading Would Walden Have Been a Better Book if Thoreau Had Supplied More Background Information on His Life? | English I – Lesson 140

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Northup’s Technique of Using Contrasts & How to Adopt It In Your Autobiography | English I – Lesson 130

When defining contrast, think; salt and pepper, sun and rain or night and day. In literary narratives, contrast is a powerful tool in conveying opposing themes, making each point more powerful in contrast to the other. Solomon Northup used this writing short cut in his autobiography, adding significant power to his narrative. This essay will provide examples of Northup’s use of contrast then render information … Continue reading Northup’s Technique of Using Contrasts & How to Adopt It In Your Autobiography | English I – Lesson 130

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The Differences Between Northup’s Response to Separation from His Children Compared to Eliza’s | English I – lesson 120

In reading the slave narrative and autobiography of Solomon Northup, one will encounter many side characters, such as; Eliza who was, along with her children, born into the slave system. This essay will discuss two stories in which parents and children were separated due to slavery and then the essay will analyze the different responses from each parent; Solomon and Eliza. Solomon Northup was not … Continue reading The Differences Between Northup’s Response to Separation from His Children Compared to Eliza’s | English I – lesson 120

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Did Thompson Provide Evidence That The South’s Slave System Was Morally Evil? | English I – Lesson 115

John Thompson was born into the slave system in 1812, Maryland. He published his autobiography entitled ‘The Life of John Thompson’ in 1856 after dangerously escaping the slave system. In his autobiography, he writes of the horrendous punishments inflicted on the slaves by the South’s slave system. This essay will determine if John Thompson provided persuasive evidence that the South’s slave system was morally evil.   … Continue reading Did Thompson Provide Evidence That The South’s Slave System Was Morally Evil? | English I – Lesson 115

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John Thompson’s Theory of Negative and Positive Sanctions in the Slave System | English I – Lesson 110

John Thompson was born into the slave system in 1812, Maryland. He published his autobiography entitled ‘The Life of John Thompson’ in 1856 after dangerously escaping the slave system. Within his autobiography, he talks of a theory that proposes that slaves work efficiency depends upon whether they receive positive or negative sanctions from their owners and overseers. This essay will go deeper into this theory, … Continue reading John Thompson’s Theory of Negative and Positive Sanctions in the Slave System | English I – Lesson 110

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What Would I Do in My Autobiography That Is Different from What Darwin Did? | English I – Lesson 105

Charles Darwin was born on the 12th of February 1809 in Shrewsbury, England. He soon became a naturalist with a scientific theory of evolution that became the foundation of modern evolutionary studies. In 1887, Charles Darwin wrote his autobiography entitled, ‘The Autobiography of Charles Darwin.’ Though his autobiography was certainly readable, upon dissecting it, many aspects of it added no benefits to it but rather robbed … Continue reading What Would I Do in My Autobiography That Is Different from What Darwin Did? | English I – Lesson 105

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Should One Include Reconstructed Dialogues In Their Autobiography? | English I – Lesson 100

Should I, or anyone else who wishes to write an effective autobiography use reconstructed dialogues to strengthen their narrative, add value or entertainment to their autobiography? The word ‘reconstruct’ means to reorganize or rebuild a statement or dialogue which is a conversation between two or more people featured in a book, play, or film. This essay will discuss if one should use reconstructed dialogues when … Continue reading Should One Include Reconstructed Dialogues In Their Autobiography? | English I – Lesson 100

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The Target Audience For My Autobiography | English – Lesson 95

Write a 100-word report on who your target audience should be for your autobiography. Explain why you have selected this audience, even if it’s only for your eyes only. -Gary North A target audience is a particular group of people that an author selects to read or view your book or film. It is important to keep your target audience in mind when you are … Continue reading The Target Audience For My Autobiography | English – Lesson 95

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The Benefits Of Writing An Autobiography | English I – Lesson 90

The benefits of writing an autobiography | 500 words An autobiography is a self-written account of one’s life. Autobiographies are written to tell one’s life story, leave a legacy and share learnt life lessons with their readers. They can be written for only a small audience or published to the entire world to enjoy. It depends on what the author chooses to do. Taking the … Continue reading The Benefits Of Writing An Autobiography | English I – Lesson 90

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What Can I Do to Make My Autobiography Less Disjointed Than Twain’s? | English I – Lesson 85

Over the week, I had been reading Mark Twain’s humorous and greatly enjoyable autobiography. Mark Twain, who was the well known American author of many childhood favourites including, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer;” wrote of his childhood and early adulthood memories carelessly in his autobiography, not paying particular attention to details. His autobiography has been a mystery to scholars that wonder why he, a great … Continue reading What Can I Do to Make My Autobiography Less Disjointed Than Twain’s? | English I – Lesson 85

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Why Plunkitt Was So Open About How He Made His Money | English I – Lesson 80

In George Washington Plunkitt’s autobiography, which was in fact written by a ghostwriter and fellow Irishman, William L. Riordan, Plunkitt allowed his money-making schemes to be clear and open to everyone who reads it. Plunkitt was a Democratic politician during the late 1800s and a member of the Tammany Hall political organization in New York City. Early on in his book, it became apparent that … Continue reading Why Plunkitt Was So Open About How He Made His Money | English I – Lesson 80

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Christianity Making a Shift in Ideals of Ancient Greece and Rome | Western Civilization I – Lesson 75

Ancient Romans and Greeks were known for their pagan practises and unjust ways of life. When Christians became known in the Roman and Greek empires, they were subjected to extreme persecution and looked upon in disgust and hate. But during the last years of the roman empire, Christianity was spreading throughout the empire contagiously. As more and more Romans became Christians, less persecution was being … Continue reading Christianity Making a Shift in Ideals of Ancient Greece and Rome | Western Civilization I – Lesson 75

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“I Seen My Opportunities and I Took ‘Em.” | Plunkitt & Patriotism | English I – Lesson 75

How serious was Plunkitt about patriotism’s connection to obtaining a job after Tammany won an election? George Washington Plunkitt (November 17, 1842 – November 19, 1924) was an American politician from New York State, who served as a leader at the Tammany Hall political organization. He dedicated his entire autobiography, ‘Plunkitt of Tammany Hall‘ to the discussions of his political views, giving very scanty insight … Continue reading “I Seen My Opportunities and I Took ‘Em.” | Plunkitt & Patriotism | English I – Lesson 75

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Booker T. Washington’s Views on Gaining Wealth in the Future Compared to Mine | English I – Lesson 70

Booker T. Washington was a Negro public speaker and educator from the early 20th century who portrayed his views and hopes for the future within his autobiographical book, Up from Slavery. Upon reading his book, I was enlightened by his positive ideas on the future. This essay will discuss what Booker T. Washington’s views were. It will also discuss my personal views on the future … Continue reading Booker T. Washington’s Views on Gaining Wealth in the Future Compared to Mine | English I – Lesson 70

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The Benedictine Monks | The Rule Of St. Benedict | Western Civilization I – Lesson 70

Based on the book, Rule of St. Benedict, one can grasp a clear understanding of the ways the Benedictines lived in the monastery. Rule of St. Benedict is a guidebook established by St. Benedict the founder of the Benedictine religious order. In his guidebook, Rule of St. Benedict, he conveys guidelines on how to live a life that will please God whilst living in his … Continue reading The Benedictine Monks | The Rule Of St. Benedict | Western Civilization I – Lesson 70

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Minucius Felix Defended Christianity | Western Civilization I – Lesson 65

Marcus Minucius Felix was one of the earliest Latin apologists for Christianity. Though we have very little knowledge of his personal history, we are left with his book; Octavius. The book, Octavius, is an early writing in defence of Christianity. It is written in the form of a dialogue between the pagan Caecilius Natalis and the Christian Octavius Januarius, a provincial lawyer, the friend and fellow-student of the author. Through … Continue reading Minucius Felix Defended Christianity | Western Civilization I – Lesson 65

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Christianity Compared To The Ancient Greeks | Western Civilization – Lesson 60

How can one compare Christianity to the works of Homer, an ancient Greek author? According to the New Testament, Christianity teaches one to practice love and forgiveness towards one another. In the works of Homer, such as the Iliad, one is taught lessons on courage, bravery, and loyalty but also lust and the pursuit of physical pleasure. How can one compare them? How do they differ? … Continue reading Christianity Compared To The Ancient Greeks | Western Civilization – Lesson 60

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Was Booker T. Washington’s Idea An Elitist Idea? | English I – Lesson 65

Writing assignment. Write 100 words on this topic: “Was Washington’s program for gaining social acceptance for blacks an elitist program?” Booker T. Washington argued that in order for the blacks to gain any amount of social acceptance, they must start-up businesses that fill the needs and add value to the community of whites. What this idea elitist?  Firstly, let’s define the word “elitist.” According to … Continue reading Was Booker T. Washington’s Idea An Elitist Idea? | English I – Lesson 65

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The Roman Baths Of Caracalla | Western Civilization I – Lesson 55

The Baths of Caracalla were established in Rome c. AD 212 by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus. The building was a large and stately building with a beautiful interior, inbuilt statues and stunning marbled floors. The purpose of the building was for public bathing among the Roman citizens. Although the Baths of Caracalla were only in operation until the 530s before they became unused heaps of … Continue reading The Roman Baths Of Caracalla | Western Civilization I – Lesson 55

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Booker T. Washington’s Argument Against The Slave System | English I – Lesson 55

Through Booker T. Washington’s autobiography, one can learn that he was an African-American man who grew up in the slave system. Booker and his siblings grew up working on a plantation with his mother. They lived in a tiny dirt-floored shack with an open fire in which Booker’s mother did all of the cooking. During his childhood, his time spent working had denied him the … Continue reading Booker T. Washington’s Argument Against The Slave System | English I – Lesson 55

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Octavian’s Social Reforms | Western Civilization I – Lesson 50

Octavian, also known as Augustus, was the adopted son of Julius Caesar and according to Caesar’s will, the inheritor of great wealth. After Caesar’s death, Octavian inherited a large amount of money, making him a powerfully wealthy man. He was even seen as a divine god, just as Caesar had been. He conquered the land of Egypt, parts of Spain, areas of central Europe, and … Continue reading Octavian’s Social Reforms | Western Civilization I – Lesson 50

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A Piece Of Literature That Affected Me | English I – Lesson 50

Have you ever read a great work of literature that affected you in a major way? Perhaps it was The Holy Bible or a book of poems, maybe, like me, it came upon you unexpectedly, maybe in a book you grudgingly accepted for an assignment? Last month, I was assigned, ‘The Persecutor,’ a book that changed my way of thinking. The Persecutor was an autobiography … Continue reading A Piece Of Literature That Affected Me | English I – Lesson 50

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What The Struggle Of The Orders Changed In Roman Society | Western Civilization I – Lesson 45

What actually changed after the struggle of the orders? Did the Plebeians finally gain a little respect in Roman society, or did their strikes simply go on and on without reward? This essay will discuss what changed in Roman society as a result of the struggle of the orders. But what was “The struggle of the orders?” The struggle of the orders was a series … Continue reading What The Struggle Of The Orders Changed In Roman Society | Western Civilization I – Lesson 45

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The Key Incidents That Led Helen Keller Out Of Her “Prison.” | English I – Lesson 45

Writing assignment: 500 words on this theme: “Which were the key incidents that led her out of her “prison.” ? Helen Keller was born on June 27th of 1880, in West Tuscumbia, Alabama. Helen lost her eyesight and sound after a bout of illness at the age of nineteen months. As a young child, nobody had any way of communicating with Helen, and as a … Continue reading The Key Incidents That Led Helen Keller Out Of Her “Prison.” | English I – Lesson 45

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Ancient Liberty vs. Modern Liberty – The Differences | Western Civilizations I – Lesson 40

What is the difference between the liberty of the ancients and the liberty of the moderns? What would moderns find lacking in ancient liberty? What do you think about when you hear the word ‘liberty’? Chances are, you think of freedom of speech or perhaps the right to own weapons or to come and go without permission from any government officials. But what about ancient … Continue reading Ancient Liberty vs. Modern Liberty – The Differences | Western Civilizations I – Lesson 40

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What Is Most Important When Writing Dialogue From Memory? | English I – Lesson 40

Write an essay | 500 words on this topic, “Which is most important in writing dialogue from memory: accuracy, succinctness, or liveliness? Why?” Dialogue is a form of conversation between two or more people featured in a book, play, or film. The importance of dialogue goes without saying; it’s where we can witness the communication between characters as they develop whilst the story unfolds. In … Continue reading What Is Most Important When Writing Dialogue From Memory? | English I – Lesson 40

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Kourdakov’s Use Of Contrast To Strengthen His Narrative | English I – Lesson 35

In Kourdakov’s autobiography The Persecutor, one can get a good and clear understanding of how powerful the writing tool ‘contrast’ can be to strengthen any narrative. In this essay, I will be going over how and why Kourdakov uses contrasts to strengthen his narrative. In chapter thirteen, Kourdakov gives his readers one of his finest examples of strong contrast. In the chapter, “Sudden Death at … Continue reading Kourdakov’s Use Of Contrast To Strengthen His Narrative | English I – Lesson 35

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Medea by Euripides | Greeks Attitudes Towards Foreigners And Women | Western Civilization I – Lesson 35

Medea was a myth that had many renditions. The most controversial rendition of this myth was written by Euripides who wrote it as a Greek tragedy in 431 BC. When the play was released there was a lot of scepticism from the Greek audience due to the violence, roles of the main character Medea and the disturbing themes in the play. The Euripides version of … Continue reading Medea by Euripides | Greeks Attitudes Towards Foreigners And Women | Western Civilization I – Lesson 35

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Choices That Led Kourdakov To His Failed Assignment | English I – Lesson 30

For English, I have been reading The Persecutor; an autobiography of and by Sergei Kourdakov. Sergei Kourdakov was a part of the communist organization. He was a Christian persecutor.  His parents had died before he was six years old so he grew up among thugs in a communist school. He had always been told that Christians (or ‘believers’ as they called them) were his enemies and … Continue reading Choices That Led Kourdakov To His Failed Assignment | English I – Lesson 30

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The Ancient Athenian Government | Western Civilization I – Lesson 30

The ancient Athenian government was notably different from modern governments. Becoming an Athenian citizen didn’t happen unless you had two well-known Athenian parents and were a male above the age of thirty. The government worked in four segments; assembly, the council of the five hundred and one, law courts and magistrates. In this essay, I will discuss how each segment of the government, operated in … Continue reading The Ancient Athenian Government | Western Civilization I – Lesson 30

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What Was Spartan Society Like? | Western Civilization I – Lesson 25

In the late eighth century B.C, Sparta conquered the neighboring district of Messenia. The Spartan citizens conquered the land of the Messenians and the Messenians could do nothing but become slaves as their only form of survival. Spartans renamed the Messenians, who had become their slave, ‘Helots’. Because the Helots outnumbered the Spartans ten to one, the Spartans became convinced that the Helots might have … Continue reading What Was Spartan Society Like? | Western Civilization I – Lesson 25

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What Is The Meaning Of Plato’s Allegory Of The Cave? | Western Civilization I – Lesson 20

Plato’s allegory of the cave can be found in the beginning of Plato’s dialogue, The Republic. The summary of the allegory goes like this; Imagine a small group of people that since birth, have been held hostage in a cave. They are chained down as prisoners and behind them, there is a bright fire and in front of them there is wall. There are also … Continue reading What Is The Meaning Of Plato’s Allegory Of The Cave? | Western Civilization I – Lesson 20

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A Story That I Remember Most From Jim Lehrer’s Autobiography | English I – Lesson 20

Two weeks later and yet my mind still travels back to the amusing little story of the pinball machine. In chapter one of Jim Lehrer’s autobiography – A Bus Of My Own, Jim tells the humiliating story of when he was a young boy in the late 1940s. Jim and his father had taken their bus Betsy into McPherson Kansas bus station to visit a … Continue reading A Story That I Remember Most From Jim Lehrer’s Autobiography | English I – Lesson 20

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Polyphemus & Odysseus From The Odyssey By Homer | Western Civilization I – Lesson 15

After a long ten years of fighting against Troy, Odysseus and his men, upon sailing home, came across a beautiful island. Little did they know, the island was the home to Cyclops. Cyclops were a race ruthless giants that only had one eye in the middle of their heads.Odysseus and his men explored the island curiously until they found at big cave. Hungry from the … Continue reading Polyphemus & Odysseus From The Odyssey By Homer | Western Civilization I – Lesson 15

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The Positive Outcomes Of Jim Lehrer’s Heart Attack | English I – Lesson 15

It was in 1983 when Jim Lehrer suffered a heart attack that nearly took his life, years too soon. He had been having chest pains for several days but hadn’t taken action until the night of the heart attack. He arrived at the hospital just in the nick of time and the doctors were able to control the heart attack with morphine and other medications. … Continue reading The Positive Outcomes Of Jim Lehrer’s Heart Attack | English I – Lesson 15

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In The Iliad, What Kind Of Man Is Hector? | Western Civilization I – Lesson 10

Hector was a Prince and the eldest son of the Trojan King Priam and Queen Hecuba. Most significantly, in the Iliad he was the brother of Paris, the man who caused the Trojan war. The Trojan war started when Paris decided that he wanted Helen the wife of Menelaus, despite having the freedom to any woman in Troy. This caused a ten year war. Feeling a … Continue reading In The Iliad, What Kind Of Man Is Hector? | Western Civilization I – Lesson 10

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The History of Abraham to Moses | Western Civilization I – Lesson 5

(Although I personally don’t believe in some of the stories mentioned, I did collect them from biblical texts and was instructed by Tom Woods to reference them in this overview as a part of Hebrew history.) Abraham prized his son Isaac greatly but he became convinced that it was God’s will that he was to kill and offer up his son to God as a … Continue reading The History of Abraham to Moses | Western Civilization I – Lesson 5