Read the excerpt from Act II, scene iii of Romeo and Juliet. Benvolio: Here comes Romeo, here comes Romeo. 20 Mercutio: Without his roe, like a dried herring. O flesh, flesh, how art thou fishified! Now is he for the numbers that Petrarch flowed in: Laura to his lady was but a kitchen-wench; marry, she had a better love to be-rime her; Dido a dowdy; Cleopatra a gipsy; Helen and Hero hildings and harlots; Thisbe, a grey eye or so, but not to the purpose. Signior Romeo, bon jour! there’s a French salutation to your French slop. You gave us the counterfeit fairly last night. Romeo: Good morrow to you both. What counterfeit did I give you? Mercutio: The slip, sir, the slip; can you not conceive? How does Mercutio offer comic relief in this excerpt? a by explaining romantic figures from history b by speaking in different languages c by refusing to treat Romeo’s romance seriously d by complaining about his own love interest
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Despite our best efforts as parents, we will always make mistakes in raising our children. It’s inevitable. There are so many decisions to be made in any given day, week, month, or year. It’s an inhuman task to make all of these decisions correctly. Who would even want to try for perfection? We shouldn’t worry too much, though, because it is precisely our mistakes that teach our children the most about life. Life is full of mistakes, obstacles, and trouble. Shielding our children from these by striving for perfection in our own parenting does them no favors. Given this, a parent might be tempted to give up trying to make good decisions and simply let the chips fall where they may. Admittedly, that attitude is not without its benefits, but it goes too far in the other direction. Children are much more observant than we think, but often draw the wrong conclusions from what they observe. If we give up trying to make the right decisions, they might get the message that we don’t care about their future. We can take comfort in this much: we teach our children even when we’re not trying to. That doesn’t mean we should stop trying to do our best, to make the right decisions whenever possible. It just means that we shouldn’t beat ourselves up when we make mistakes. Either it won’t matter because it’s something small, or it just might build some character in our children, a commodity that will serve them well. Which of these sentences from the passage most directly expresses the counterclaim?
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Which of these excerpts from act I of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night informs the audience that Olivia has gone into a self-imposed seclusion? DUKE: Why, so I do, the noblest that I have: O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, Methought she purg’d the air of pestilence; That instant was I turn’d into a hart; And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, E’er since pursue me.—How now! what news from her? (Twelfth Night, act I, scene I) CAPTAIN: A virtuous maid, the daughter of a count That died some twelvemonth since; then leaving her In the protection of his son, her brother, Who shortly also died; for whose dear love, They say, she hath abjured the company And sight of men. (Twelfth Night, act I, scene II) DUKE: How will she love when the rich golden shaft Hath kill’d the flock of all affections else That live in her; when liver, brain, and heart, These sovereign thrones, are all supplied and fill’d,— Her sweet perfections,—with one self king!—