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What did you learn from "The Devil's arithmetic?" What things that happened shocked...

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bobbydoresatant | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 29, 2010 at 3:22 PM via web

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What did you learn from "The Devil's arithmetic?" What things that happened shocked you? Did this book change your life forever?

About the questions above...I need at least a 5 pararagh essay on the book and I need it by today.  If you can write it for me, I really need a good one. Post on Google and not on my email, ok? Try to have it done today because I need it for class.

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ophelious | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted April 29, 2010 at 4:48 PM (Answer #2)

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So let me get this straight, just so I don't have any misunderstanding here.  This seems to be what you are asking me (us) to do:

1) Tell you what you learned from the book "The Devil's Arithmetic,"

2) Tell you what shocked you about the book,

3) Tell you whether or not the book changed your life forever.

But you don't just want these answers...you want me to put them into a five paragraph essay that must be done today.  You need it to be "a good one" to get you a good grade.  You then want me to take the essay I have written and send it to you "on Google," whatever that means, so that you can put your name on it and turn it in.

That about sum it up?

I am being sarcastic, here...you can't honestly think that someone is going to write this essay for you, do it well, and then turn it over to you by the end of tonight.  Do you?  Aside from the obvious ethical question of asking a group of teachers to do your homework for you (some may say it is more a question of lunacy to ask such a question, but I'll just chalk it up to "misjudgment," ) why would one of us want to spend out evening writing your essay for you?  Obviously you must know this wouldn't be fun because you don't want to do it yourself...

So here is my advice:

  • If you are going to cheat, at least don't wait until the last minute to try to get someone to do your work,
  • If you are going to cheat, don't ask a bunch of teachers to write your English essay for you...that's just dumb.
  • If you are going to cheat, and you don't offer any money, don't expect the essay to be "a good one."  When it is free, and the night before, you should be happy with whatever you get,
  • Even if someone DID for some reason do this essay for you, there is no way to get it to you.  Saying "post it on Google" makes no sense...Google is a search engine.

I'm trying not to be disrespectful; I'm just trying to shock you a little bit.  You need to come up with a better plan for academic success than the one you have chosen here.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 30, 2010 at 2:14 AM (Answer #3)

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The previous post was strong.  I think that the best way to approach a task like this is to make it very reflective and personal.  The nature of the assignment is asking for a personalized point of view towards the text.  I think that you could argue that there is a very strong statement about spirituality and personal identity in the book. This might involve a contrasting of Hannah's character before the night where she opened the door and her life afterwards.  Examining how she is before this moment and the experiences that are forged afterwards and how this changes her could be one way where a personal and reflective connection is forged.  Additionally, I would suggest that the idea of what it means to have connection to one's own people, understanding their particular history, and the experience of compassion and empathy could be personally reflective connections that can be forged between the reader and the text.  Perhaps, focusing here might make for a personalized and introspective essay on a very powerful work.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 12, 2010 at 7:48 AM (Answer #4)

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What did you learn from "The Devil's arithmetic?" What things that happened shocked you? Did this book change your life forever?

About the questions above...I need at least a 5 pararagh essay on the book and I need it by today.  If you can write it for me, I really need a good one. Post on Google and not on my email, ok? Try to have it done today because I need it for class.

need at least a 5 pararagh essay on the book and I need it by today.  If you can write it for me, I really need a good one. Post on Google and not on my email, ok? Try to have it done today because I need it for class.

Sorry, Bobby, but eNotes is not an essay-writing service. We are teachers and experts in various areas of literature, science, math, etc. We can offer you advice and suggestions on how to write your own essay, but we won't write it for you. You've asked some good questions. Pay attention to the answers you've gotten and will get and put together some ideas for your essay.

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