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Developing an Artistic Sensibility for Screenwriting

You've probably heard the saying "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Now, that doesn't mean that you should copy the stories or even the style of other writers, but you may want to try moving [more…]

Department Store Shopping: Spanish Vocabulary

When shopping in a Spanish department store, a few simple Spanish phrases can help you find what you’re looking for. Shopping in a Spanish department store is an experience you’re likely to be more accustomed [more…]

Pronouncing Consonants in Spanish

In general, consonants tend to sound the same in English and Spanish when they are spoken within a word. But you’ll find a few differences in how certain consonants are pronounced in Spanish. Sometimes [more…]

SAT Subject Test U.S. History: Taking a Look at Format and Content

The SAT Subject Test in U.S. History usually contains about 90 questions that you have to answer in one hour. The questions tend to get harder as you move through the test [more…]

Boosting Your Vocabulary for Standardized Tests

During the years of your formal education, you face numerous standardized tests — at least in the U.S. school system. The following suggestions can help you get your skills up to speed for the reading [more…]

SAT Subject Test U.S. History: Discovering Early Explorers of the New World


About 4 percent of the questions you encounter on the SAT Subject Test in U.S. History deal with the period before European colonization. The material for the exploration age is vast, and most students [more…]

Categorizing Congressional Lobbyists

Usually when people refer lobbyists, they're talking about professionals, people who hire themselves out to clients to work on their behalf. Frequently, lobbyists started their careers either as members [more…]

Debunking the Beatles Conspiracy: "Paul Is Dead"

One of the strangest events surrounding the Beatles was the rumor in 1966 that band member Paul McCartney was dead. Not only was he dead, but was replaced with a double. More amazing was that the band [more…]

Outlining Your Ideas for Your Science Fair Project

Before you can tell them what you're going to tell them, you need to make an outline. When you actually begin to write the paper, your outline keeps you on track, so that you can present your information [more…]

Useful Spanish Words and Phrases for Train Travel

Worried you’ll miss your train because you don’t know the right Spanish travel phrases? Train travel in a Spanish-speaking country is easy with these handy words and phrases. [more…]

Constructing Your Manga Plot

Following are the basic stages that a manga-ka (a manga artist) uses to create an original plot. The basic stages are widely embraced by the manga-ka community today, and they originate from classical [more…]

Rushing for Gold and Statehood in California

On the chilly morning of Jan. 24, 1848, a man looked down into a sawmill ditch off the American River, about 40 miles east of Sacramento, California, (or 120 miles east of Yerba Buena, which soon became [more…]

Understanding When to Use the Spanish Pluperfect Subjunctive

Because Spanish uses the pluperfect subjunctive more than English does, you may wonder just when you’re supposed to use it instead of other verb tenses. Keep reading for an explanation of when to use the [more…]

Expressing Your Love for Espresso in Italian

You may have to order an espresso at your favorite coffee emporium in the United States to get the rich, dark brew you crave, but in Italy, you get the same drink by asking for [more…]

Boning Up on Irregular Past Participles in Spanish

The Spanish language has a hefty collection of verbs that have irregular past participles. Not all verbs can be as structured and disciplined as the regular [more…]

Finding a Voice during the Harlem Renaissance

No period of African American literary history receives as much attention as the Harlem Renaissance, which ranged roughly from the beginning of World War I to the Great Depression. For the first time, [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Caminar (to Walk)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like caminar, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Career Opportunities in Biochemistry

Because of recent advances in biochemistry and biotechnology, many new professions have been created for biochemistry majors. Those who stop at the BS degree often find themselves working as technicians [more…]

Dream Interpreting: The Emotions in Your Dreams

If you're interested in recording your dreams in a dream diary — or in interpreting your dreams — some emotion you've experienced is probably the driving force. Every time you express or deny an intense [more…]

Chemistry -- Can You Take the Heat?

For chemical reactions and phase transformations, the energy absorbed or liberated is measured as heat. The principal unit for reporting heat is the calorie [more…]

Figuring Out How Roman Mythology Got So Darned Mixed Up

Roman religion and, therefore, Roman mythology, was a long, drawn-out process of bringing together the gods, stories, and rituals of various cultures and making them Roman. People who study religion or [more…]

Geography: Making Sense of It All

People are fascinated by the world in which they live. They want to know what it's like and why it is the way it is. Most importantly, they want to understand their place in it. Geography satisfies this [more…]

Knowing Your Rights and Lefts: Describing Relative Positions in Spanish

If you know the right words, you can use Spanish to describe something or someone’s position in relation to your body. Follow these guidelines to correctly use Spanish to identify the space around your [more…]

Reflecting on Two Past Perfect Tenses in Spanish

Spanish has two past perfect verb tenses: the pluperfectand the preterit perfect. These verb tenses use the imperfect and preterit conjugations of haber [more…]

Understanding Freedom of Expression

Freedom of expression, as Justice Felix Frankfurter said, "is the well-spring of our civilization." Like other rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, free expression has two branches — freedom of speech [more…]

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