What are the 5 W's(who, what, where, when, why) and POV (point of view) in this following quote. I request that you establish water conservation offices in each district and staff them with...

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

I request that you establish water conservation offices in each district and staff them with people who are experienced in the ways of water. There should be one high official and one deputy with just enough workers to meet the need. For the area on both sides of each river select one person as chief hydraulic engineer. Order inspections of the waterways, the walls of the cities and their suburbs, the dikes and rivers, canals and pools, and government guildings and cottages, and supply enough workers to those who are to carry out the repair work in each district.

Source: Han government official, writing to local officials concerning flood prevention, early 2nd century B.C.E.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Let's start with point of view (POV).   I am uncertain whether you are referring to POV as a grammatical construct or a psychological construct.  Whenever the pronouns "I," "me," "my," or "mine" are used, the writer is using the first person singular point of view.  As a psychological construct, the POV is that of a person who is responsible for directing others to solve a problem.

Now, the rest of what you need is given to you already. Read the quote and look at your source note!  Who is identified as the writer?  When this is written is already given to you, too, in the very same source note, as is the reason for the directives.  Why is this person telling all these people to take these measures?  It is for the purpose of preventing floods. Where this person is speaking might not be so apparent, but it would appear that this is what Americans would consider a federal official, like someone in Washington, D.C. who is telling someone in Pennsylvania or Illinois how to manage water to prevent floods.  Have you learned where the seat of government was for the Han dynasty? Do a little research with the link I have provided below, and you will see where the capital of the Han dynasty was, an ancient form of Washington, D.C.

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