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b. Answer the same questions in an exposition you would write on the following : —

Shoes Horses Wheat Oranges
Corn Overcoats Biscuits Ink
Furniture Walnuts

a. You live in the country. Inform your friend Tom, who
lives in the city, about country life.
b. Reproduce Tom's reply to you, telling about life in the
city.
Explain the arrangement of the interic r of your house.
Accompany the explanation with a diagram.
Tell all you can about a lighthouse. Make a diagram of the
building and of its location.
Explain how some battle was fought. Consult your his-
tory for guidance. Draw a plan showing the battle lines,
etc.
Your aunt who lives in some city far away from you intends
to visit you. Write to her, giving her explicit directions
as to how to reach your home.
Explain the character of some one you have read about in
the newspaper. Express your opinion of the character
in the conclusion of the composition.
Write a criticism of some short story or novel you have
read. Tell —
1. Its title and author.
2. What its main theme is.
3. What the author's probable purpose was in writing it.
4. Your opinion of it.
Explain just exactly what the situation is in the picture
on the opposite page. Outline and write a character
sketch of the old fisherman.
Yesterday on your way home from school you saw a man
arrested. Outline and write a composition on the
affair. Tell —
1. Who he was and who arrested him.
2. When and where the arrest occurred.

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3. Why he was arrested.
4. How he was treated.
John's books have disappeared from his desk. John
is much agitated. You and Bill know all about them
and enjoy John's excitement very much. Explain
to a stranger just exactly the what, the where, the
when, the why, the how, of the situation.
You witnessed a collision between two wagons, or be-
tween an auto and a street car. Explain exactly
where, when, why, how, it happened. Make it clearer
by a diagram.
Write the explanatory introduction and conclusion for
the story of — My Encounter with a Bear; or My
First Skating; or My Fall from the Bicycle.
Explain to a stranger just how and why your team lost
the game.
Young Roberts has failed in all his studies. You know
him well. Explain fully to your mother why he
failed.
Imagine yourself a sea captain or an engineer. Explain,
for a beginner, just what your duties are, and how they
are performed.
Draw a rough map showing the location of some large
city (New York, London, Chicago, Berlin), and then
explain why the city has become a great one.
From your study of geography, explain the following,
by means of an outline and composition : —
The tide Changes in the moon Railroads
The sun Rivers
Enrich your exposition by diagrams wherever possible.
From your study of history, explain –
1. The causes of the Civil War
2. The causes of the Revolutionary War.
3. The treason of Arnold.
4. The colonization of Pennsylvania.
Explain by outline or by compositions of two or three

paragraphs the difference between the following pairs : — Tower and Smokestack Street and Boulevard Closet and Cupboard College and University Fruit and Vegetable Wagon and Carriage Speech and Oration Teacher and Tutor Scholar and Pupil Idea and Thought XXXIV. Write expository paragraphs from the following subject sentences. Apply the quintet of queries to each one. Add, if you wish, phrases or clauses to the statements as they now stand: — I had a unique experience that time. He received the reprimand. They like this place much better. She is probably the best pupil in the class. It is impossible to go. XXXV. From some book you are now reading, select an expository passage of several paragraphs and produce an outline of it. Tell what kind of exposition it is. Show whether the five queries can be applied to it. XXXVI. Do the same from the newspaper for to-day. Tell why the article you selected is to be called Exposition. Point out elements of Description, Narration, and Argument if they are to be found. XXXVII. Outline a character sketch you would write on “Reddy.” Make another outline for a sketch of “Reddy” which shall show him from an entirely different viewpoint. XXXVIII. Outline and write character sketches of Washington and Columbus from your knowledge of them in history. How must these two sketches necessarily differ?

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