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What are the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, why) and POV (point of view) in the...

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hannahbannna | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

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What are the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, why) and POV (point of view) in the following quote?

He was especially anxious about road building, paying attention to utility as well as to that which was beneficial to grace and beauty. For the roads were carried straight through the country without wavering, and were paved with quarried stone, and made solid with masses of tightly packed sand. Hollows were filled up and bridges were built across whatever wintry streams or ravines cut the roads. And both sides were an equal and parallel height with the result that the road for its entire course had a level and beautiful appearance. Besides these things, he measured the whole road mile by mile and set up stone columns as distance indicators. He also placed other stones on either side of the road at lesser intervals so that it would be easier for those who had horses to mount them from the stones without requiring a groom to help.

Source: Plutarch, Greek-born Roman citizen & high official, describing 2nd century BCE Roman political leader Gaius Gracchus, 1st century CE

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 28, 2011 at 3:59 AM (Answer #1)

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Not all of the five "W's" are answered in the above paragraph. The "who" can only be identified as "he." (However, by using the source listed we can assume "he" is Gaius Gracchus, the subject of the quotation.) The "when" is also not specified, but with help from the source we can also assume it was sometime during the 2nd century BC. The "where" is only specified as "the country," but we can also assume from the source that it is probably somewhere in ancient Rome (or the Roman Empire). The "what" is the building of the roads and the care that "he" took in constructing them. The "why" is also unstated specifically, but we can infer that it has to do with the need for roads, particularly those of quality. The point of view is that of the writer (identified as Plutarch). 

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