For the following six passages, determine whether they contain an argument, an explanation, or a description. Explain your choice with direct reference to the meaning of the term you identify. Your answer should be sufficiently detailed to prove or demonstrate that your identification of the passages is correct. Each passage is worth 5 points. ( 1 paragraph answers )

Respond to the following passages.

1. God can perform miracles, but not contradictions—not because his power is limited, but because contradictions are not genuine possibilities.

2. Despite the importance of the naval mast trade, sawn lumber and square timber were the major staples of the wood industry. Lumber, the product of sawmills, was prepared mostly as planks and boards. Square timber—known in the Maritimes as “ton timber”—were baulks or “sticks” of wood hewn square with axes and shipped to England, where they were often resawn. Strict specifications governed the market—the wood was allowed to have a “wane” (bevel) and slight taper, but these specifications varied according to the stick’s dimensions and changed with time. Waste was quite considerable: 25–30 per cent of each tree was discarded.

3.Everyone needs insulin to break down food. What and how much someone eats affects blood glucose levels. When someone has diabetes, there is either not enough insulin in the body or the body cannot use the insulin it produces. Rather than being used as energy, glucose in a diabetic person is stored in the body’s cells and collects in the bloodstream. Over time, elevated blood glucose can cause serious damage to the body. Specific symptoms include fatigue, thirst, frequent urination, damage to nerves, blurred vision and muscle cramps. Even when diabetes is controlled, the insulin supply of the body is limited.

4.Zoos are outdated and harmful. They divert funds that could be used for protecting ecosystems so animals can live in their natural habitat. Whatever science they promote could be achieved in a natural environment. They essentially imprison wild animals for our entertainment.

5.Pemmican (Cree pimikan, meaning “manufactured grease”) is dried meat, traditionally bison (moose, caribou, venison or beef can be used as well), pounded into coarse powder and mixed with an equal amount of melted fat, and occasionally saskatoon berries, cranberries, and even (for special occasions) cherries, currants, chokeberries or blueberries.

6.Only students with proper footwear can participate in gym class. Why? Because other shoes might be slippery or make marks on the flooring. Anisha forgot her sneakers, so she cannot participate.


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