Tuesday, December 09, 2014

VIRTUAL BOOK BLOG- WEEK 2 - CHAPTERS 6-11

THE YEAR OF THE HANGMAN

Welcome to Week 2 

                      

  • Choose 1 of the 4 questions listed below as your blog post this week.  
  • Identify which question you are responding to in your post by restating the question.
  • Comment/ reply on at least two other posts throughout the week.


Instructions for Posting to the Blog 
(Refer to the guidelines in last week's blog post)    
                                               
Each week, during the four week time period, I will post “outside of the box” questions based on the assigned chapters.  Each participant will respond to the blog questions of the week, by choosing 1 of the 4 questions.  You are welcome to post as many comments as possible using the digital citizenship guidelines outlined below.  


CHAPTERS 6-11

p. 65-130

Hello and welcome back for week 2 of The Year of the Hangman Book Blog. The action is just starting to heat up and this week you learn more about Ben Franklin's print shop, Creighton's uncle and the secret code used by the Liberty Tree newspaper.

 

Week 2 - Question #1    

                                                     
The setting for this portion of the novel is the city of New Orleans. Since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina several years ago, there has been much discussion on the future of this important American city. How do you feel about the rebuilding of the city of New Orleans? Do you think that the government should have spent billions of dollars to rebuild the city of New Orleans and protect it from a future hurricane or should the citizens of New Orleans have been asked to pick up and move somewhere else and the city not be rebuilt?

Week 2 - Question #2    

                                                   
Sophie and Creighton are given a great deal of responsibility in Ben Franklin's print shop as teenagers. In colonial America, many teenagers around the age of 14 or 15 are doing work and taking responsibility for things that today are often associated with adults. Do you think that in American society today we wait too long to treat teenagers as adults? What would be some pros and cons of allowing teenagers in America to have the full rights and responsibilities of adults at the age of 15?

Week 2 - Question #3    

                                                     
The code used by Ben Franklin was possible because it used a book that almost everyone in the colonies was able to access. If you were to write a similar code today, which book would you choose (remember that it should be a book almost everyone has access to or could access). In your comment, please list the book you would use and why you would choose that book. Would you use a certain book if you were only trying to include a certain group of people?

Week 2 - Question #4    

                                                    
In this portion of the book you have been introduced to Ben Franklin. Ben Franklin was truly one of the most important men in colonial America. The amount of inventions and ideas directly associated with this man is incredible. Check out more about Ben Franklin using this link on the Wikipedia and then post a comment describing at least one way that your life today is directly impacted by one of his ideas.

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  1. Week #2
    Question #1
    Name:Trenton Arvesen
    Teacher: Mrs. Neidlinger

    What do I think on the rebuilding of New Orleans? Well of corse I would think we should. The government should pay for the damage, and for more protection from these storms. They are dangerous and lot's of people lose there life's. I can't think of any reason for them not to. I'd rather throw myself into the storm, if I found out that they would not be paying for a new home.

    Forcing them to move else where? That's horrible, people lived there! That is there home! Yes, it might be torn up but there is so many memories there! Why wouldn't they do something to help! That is my opinion and mine alone.

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  2. My life today is directly impacted by Benjamin Franklin in more ways than one. One way would be the lightning rod. The lighting rod is a metal object on top of a big structure, ship, or tree. It's there so in case lightning strikes, the lightning won't hit the actual building. It will be redirected to the ground. If the lightning were to strike the building, ship, or tree it would cause electrocution or a fire. My life is directly impacted by Benjamin Franklin's idea of the lightning rod because without it, I wouldn't live a very safe life during storms.

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  3. Question #2
    I believe that the government should've spent billions of dollars to rebuild and protect New Orleans. If we did do that, then New Orleans would have been a larger tourist attraction because it would have been safer from hurricanes. Since it would be safer, more people would come, and businesses would get more money. Making people move away from their home town is not fair. They would never get the chance to rebuild themselves with their friends and family from their home town. The government should have spent the money to rebuild, not only the town, but lives.

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  4. Question #4

    Ben Franklin impacted my life by creating electricity. I think it is important to have electricity, because without it we wouldn’t be able to learn as much without computers or devices that need electricity. Alot of the equipment used in hospitals today to save peoples lives would not be as easy without electricity. Hospitals use heart beating things that have to be plugged into electricity to be able to work. Electricity also helps get news from across the world rapidly. This helps us be in less danger to find out things more quickly. This is how Benjamin Franklin impacted my life.

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  6. I think that the government should have spent all that money to rebuild and protect New Orleans. I say that because they couldn't help that they had a massive hurricane come through and destroy everything. It wouldn't be fair if we made them move away from their town. Also, if we rebuild and make New Orleans safer, more people would want to live there. I say that because if they new that it was going to be safer, they'd want to move there for protection. If they move, New Orleans would become more popular and there would be more money and tourism in the town.

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    2. I agree with your opinion and your final statement, good job.

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  7. Question #4

    Ben Franklin has invented many "gadgets". Some inventions from Ben was the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove. Those are just a few amazing "gadgets" this man has produced. My life is directly impacted by the lightning bolt. I say the lightning bolt because without electricity this blog would not exist! Neither would our phones, TV's, school computers, and many other electronic devices. Today we use many electronics. Could you imagine life without electricity?

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  8. Question #4

    One way one of Benjamin Franklin's inventions is used in my life is the Franklins stove that was created to throw less smoke than it did in the regular stoves. I use a heater threw my chimney I use it to get warm when I am cold in my house. It has been improved by many people threw the years but humans all over still use the stoves in a upgraded form.Another way Franklins Inventions are used in my life are the lightning rods used on buildings and ships they are used so the electricity from storms hits the rod and not the building it just sends it to the ground. In conclusion the Franklin Stove was just a upgrade to a regular stove but was upgraded from his ideas threw the years go by, Humans all over the world still use the fire pit to get warm on a cold day, and the rods are used for electricity safety.

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  10. Question #1- Week 2
    I think that it is a good thing that they rebuilt New Orleans. I think this because many people were living there and if you asked them to move somewhere else you would be asking them to start their lives all over again. They would also lose their homes. I also think that the government needs to stop being cheap and pay for all of the damages. If the government also has the ability to stop any more hurricanes than I think that they should do that. That way a horrible crisis like this would never happen again. That is what I think about the rebuilding of New Orleans.

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    1. I agree with your statement strongly, good job.

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  11. When Benjamin Franklin was 16, he worked at his brothers newspaper press. Every article he wrote was never published in the paper. As a solution to that he wrote letters to the press using his created persona named, Silence Dogood. “Silence” demanded that young peoples articles should be published, along with playing with the Crown’s issues. As a code writer, I would use the Silence Dogood letters written by Benjamin Franklin, these letters are open to the public in Philadelphia and on display. I would choose these letters because Benjamin Franklin was a well known code writer and many people wouldn’t know the code, whereas that its right under their noses.

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  12. Question #1
    I think that the citizens of New Orleans are amazing people for rebuilding the state. I also think that at least they actually helped out unlike their government. I say that the government had to have done something to help but they didn't do anything. Maybe buying or making one of those hurricane and storm sensors could help them in the future. I just think that the government could have done lot more than just let the citizens take care of the state.

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  13. Question #4
    My life has been impacted by Ben Franklin's discoveries in many ways. One of which as everyone has said, is electricity and the lightening rod. Electricity powers almost everything that we use in our everyday lives, and the lightening rod keeps us safe as it redirects lighting away from houses and into the ground. While that is important, an invention that Franklin created that is not highly credited is the Pros & Cons list. This impacts me because when I make a decision, I often stop and think about the good and bad aspects of what I am deciding between. This can help you to find out if something is really worth the time, effort, or money, instead of wasting resources on impulsive decisions. Those are two of Franklin's inventions that impact my life.

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  14. Ben Franklin has invented many gadgets. Some inventions from Ben was the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove. Those are just a few amazing "gadgets" this man has produced. My life is directly impacted by the lightning bolt. I say the lightning bolt because without electricity this blog would not exist! Neither would our phones, TV's, school computers, and many other electronic devices. Today we use many electronics. Could you imagine life without electricity?

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    1. Ironically, this is the same post made by Tanner on the 15th. It is illegal to copy someone's work and claim it as your own. You have not followed the digital citizenship guidelines for this assignment

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  16. #1
    How do you feel about the rebuilding of the city of New Orleans? I feel that the should rebuild New Orleans. Why? Well this is because everyone who lived their would have to move. this goes for people who lived their,people who want to have a family,and people that grew up at this place it might be special to them. If they move they could live in bad conditions,small houses,and poor communities. With bad conditions I mean they have little money not enough to build a house of grow food and buy food. With small houses I mean they might have a huge family and only one or two bedrooms that are small. And With poor communities they might have bad crops ad stuff like that so you would never get the nutrition you need. Plus don't forget the tasty water and also if your community is dirty you could get even more mosquitoes. So that is why I think that they should rebuild New Orleans.

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  17. Question 2:
    Back then when you were 14 and 15 you did work to help the family get money. If you weren't working then you would be watching your siblings. Now being 15 you don't do jobs like adults. First, there is school. We go to school to get a high paying job in the future. I don't think we should consider 15 year olds adults now. Most jobs that a 15 could get would be minimum wage or below it.It's not going to get you far. Not many work places now take in people below 17 or maybe 16. Benefits of getting a job are, getting money, and getting experience in working. Some cons are, you don't get a lot of money, you could get hurt, and at this age you're not mature. Kids our age (14-15) are not mature. Adults are mature, and that's why they get the responsibilities. Back in 1777 you knew what would happen to your family if you weren't mature and responsible. You would be poor and have nothing. When my dad was 14 he worked in a factory. His boss trusted him and the other 14 year olds, but one day they were all fired. They were fired, because at that age they couldn't be responsible to work there, so now it's illegal to work in a factory at the age of 14. Over time kids didn't need to be needed as much.

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  18. Question 2-

    Today in American society, we do not treat teenagers to long to be adults. Their are pros and cons of allowing a teenager to have full rights and responsible of an adult at the age of fifteen. The pros of being treated like an adult is being able to vote, buy house or car, begin your life on your own, make a will, get a job, and get medical treatment without your parents permission. The cons of being treated like an adult is responsibility, taxes, working, stress, and being in charge of taking care of yourself or family.

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  19. Question #2
    I think that in today's society in America adults do wait to long to treat teenagers like adults. Here are some pros and cons of having Americans have full rights and responsibilities at the age of 15 are. Pros are that they would have a say in the person that they would want to lead our country. They would take more responsibility sooner. They'd be able to have a say of what is right for their country. They would become more educated about the world in an adult way. Cons are that some teenagers wouldn't be able to keep up with everything that is going on. Some teenagers could misuse the rights of adulthood. They could become overwhelmed with responsibilities. School and working for a living could be hard for them. Those are some pros and cons of having full rights and responsibilities of adults at the age of 18.

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  20. #2

    Teenagers need to learn to fend for themselves. If you treat them like they are two for forever, they're gonna grow up living on someone else's needs. Teenagers should be able to get a job at 14, maybe 15. It will teach them how to handle money, and responsibly. Not all teenagers grow up rich and spoiled. So therefore, teens should learn to fend for themselves so they can learn responsibility and how to handle money at a young age.

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  21. The rebuilding of New Orleans is going on well I'd say. The government could have done much more of a better job by helping the citizens rebuild New Orleans. I'd say for future prevention the government should buy some type of protection against the hurricanes or any storm so they can be protected for any type of thing that happens further in the future. Citizens of New Orleans have done a great job rebuilding, but the government didn't do much nor help out with the rebuilding. The government could have done way more of a better job for the citizens of New Orleans.

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  22. Question #3

    The first book that came into my mind was the dictionary. Many people don’t read that many books today. Although, many people do look up words in the dictionary. A dictionary is very easy to get. You could go through a book store and purchase one without going through many problems. I would only use words that are rarely used. Rare words would not be commonly used therefore it would not instigate people to look the words up. If I used words that are commonly used, many people would catch on and be able to decipher my code.

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  23. I'm doing question number 2 & it states "Do you think that in American society today we wait too long to treat teenagers as adults? What would be some pros and cons of allowing teenagers in America to have the full rights and responsibilities of adults at the age of 15?" I think that no were not waiting to long to be able to let teenagers work because. What if they mess up or don't get the job and it causes someone to get injured or anything of the sort. I mean they would go through training but what if training isn't enough? That could cause a lot of different things to happen if something goes wrong. But the upside they could watch and help out but not fully get the job till they are old enough

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  24. Question #1:

    I feel that New Orleans should be rebuilt. People shouldn't be asked to pack up and leave their homes just because of a nasty hurricane. The government should help them rebuild the town, more specifically peoples homes. I do believe that the government made a good choice when they spent billions of dollars helping the city get back up on it's feet. I would want that kind of help if my home were destroyed by a hurricane or something. I don't think it would've been right for the people living there to be asked to leave and find a new home. Some people would've have even had enough money to buy a new home. I'm glad that the government stepped in and helped people rebuild the town. If they hadn't, that would've been leaving a lot of people homeless.

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  25. The code used by Ben Franklin was possible because it used a book that almost everyone in the colonies was able to access. If you were to write a similar code today, which book would you choose (remember that it should be a book almost everyone has access to or could access). In your comment, please list the book you would use and why you would choose that book. Would you use a certain book if you were only trying to include a certain group of people?


    I would choose “The Fault in our Stars.” Its a really popular book and its also a movie. I won’t use a certain book to include a certain group of people. If I do it will give it away easily because I’m not good at hiding stuff from people. I would send a message or just write a diary and when I want to call out for a meeting I will share it to the certain group of people.


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  26. Sophie and Creighton are given a great deal of responsibility in Ben Franklin's print shop as teenagers. In colonial America, many teenagers around the age of 14 or 15 are doing work and taking responsibility for things that today are often associated with adults. Do you think that in American society today we wait too long to treat teenagers as adults? What would be some pros and cons of allowing teenagers in America to have the full rights and responsibilities of adults at the age of 15?

    In my opinion, I think that don't really wait too long. If they treated us like adults now, some of us 14 and 15 year olds are not responsible enough. Thats probably why we don't get treated as a adult. If teenagers had full rights, it would be pretty bad, because the 14 and 15 year olds that are not responsible, which is probably majority, the teenagers will take advantages of it. Also for the teenagers that are responsible, it could be a good thing for them, so when they grow up, it wouldn't really be hard for them.

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  27. one way that my life today is directly impacted by one of Ben Franklin ideas if i had to pick it would be electricity of course he did not invent that but found out more about it. he is the one responsceble for the light bulb from their it just got more developed.

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  28. Question #2

    There are pros and cons about letting teenagers at the age of 15 with the full responsibilities that an adult has. The pros are that more work around the house could be done, and more money per house hold could be made. Teens could also vote at the age of 15. If teens could have every responsibility that adults have their would be a lot of problems. So the cons would be that teens at jobs that adults have(Lets use a job at a bank for an example) teens could mess it up. Let's say that a teenager had a job at the bank as a bank teller, and someone wants to get money out of their bank account. Well, the teen doesn't remember how to get money out of the drawer, and messes it up because they gave the person that wanted money to much money or less money than what they asked for, but in the computer they have the right amount of how much money comes out and the drawer doesn't match. If 15 year olds had the responsibilities of adults there would be a lot of chaos.

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  29. Ben Franklin has invented many things like the lightning rod and electricity. without these things we would not have phones computers and TV's and much more so if he hadn't invented what he did who knows what life would be like. everything uses electricity to run even cars and trains that's why I'm happy Benjamin Franklin invented the things he did.

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  30. Question #1: In my opinion i think new Orleans should be rebuild because i don't think people should be ask to leave there houses just because of a hurricane because that has happen in many countries and they are poor countries also that is not fear for the people of new Orleans because for the people to move they need money and stuff like wish they pretty much already has. I think the governor did a good choice speeding billions of dollar helping rebuild new Orleans .

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  31. Benjamin Franklin may have not invented electricity, but he kinda discovered it. With out electricity we would be able to do half the things we do. We would have computers to do our work. we would be the technology smart generation. With out electricity there would be no phones, tvs, computers, game systems, and we would all be using candles for light. He didn't invent it but it was one of his greatest discoveries that have helped and benefited us all in one way or the other.

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    No i don't think that our society today waits to long to treat Teenagers like Adults. When your 14 or 15 you still don't know what your doing. I think that when your 16-18 You have matured enough to start a job. The Pros of of teenagers having full rights would be that they could start a job, Be able to vote, and have money. The Cons would be that they might make the wrong decisions, I don't think they would know what they were doing, and they would do stupid stuff.

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  33. Week #2 Question #2
    I think that maybe not at the age of 14 but maybe like 15 or even 16 in today society we could start treating teens with a little more responsibility. To let them start taking some actions for themselves. I don’t think that they should have full right like drinking, the responsibility of even children and things like that. Because some people (teens) can not handle some things like that they are still not mature and need more time than others to accomplish that. But things that you can have at the age of 18. But I think that their should be some places allowing teens of younger ages having a job and or of some sort.

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  34. The pros and cons on allowing teenagers to have full responsibilities. The pros would be that the teens would have jobs. Teens would be able to vote for the president. There would be more money in the house hold and the parents don't have to pay for most of their stuff. The cons about this is that the teens would have all the jobs and the parents wouldn't have any because the teens would be working and running the businesses. A con about the voting is that they would just mess around on who to vote on. A con about the money they would just blow of the money on stuff they don't need.

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  35. Question #2

    There are many jobs out there that you need to be a certain age like 15 or 14 it really depends where you live. But having full responsibilities when your a teen would be good because then people can work and get money at a young age so then they can get a car and a house then they could pay for there own bills. But the bad part of this is trying to get a job because if they have any records of them being in jail and that kind of stuff then some people won't except them because they would be afraid if they would rob the place or kidnap anyone. But if they gave kids the rights then they would be able to run there own place and etc. But I think its a good idea and a bad idea I'm kinda in the middle.

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  37. Week #2 Question #1
    I believe that the government shouldn't spend billions of dollars just to rebuild the city. But I also don't believe that they should pack up and move somewhere else. New Orleans is an amazing city full of many artifacts and many historical buildings. Things like that can't just be rebuilt. I believe that the people of New Orleans should help clean up, but also the government should also help out to build hurricane barriers. This will keep the city safe but still original. Even though it will take lots of time in money it will be worth it for future generations.

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  38. Question #2

    I think that teenagers aren't being treated like adults soon enough. We should be able to get jobs, drive, and act equally just like adults. Teenagers have to learn how to fend for themselves. I have to fend for myself sometimes when I'm alone at home or my mom comes home from work and her feet hurt. Then I make the dinner, do chores, etc. Teenagers should be treated like adults around the ages 15 and 16. We need to know how to handle life decisions and learn how to be responsible. Our parents baby us and give us everything we want. I think it would be nice to actually get off of our electronics, get a job, help around the house, and give them what they want for a change.

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  39. 1. I believe that New Orleans should be rebuilt and made safer for all citizens. The government really should have spent their billions of dollars on rebuilding it safer and even better than before. The citizens love living there and it is an absolutely beautiful place especially with it's historic parts. It is a pretty big city and to not rebuild it safer or just tell the people to leave would be wrong and there would be protests everywhere. In conclusion, New Orleans should be rebuilt safer and better for everyone no matter the cost to preserve what the city holds.

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  40. Question 2
    I think that in American society today we wait too long to treat teenagers as adults. Yes, on some account it is fine but we need to get teens to become more responsible. People blame technology and this generation.You can blame technology all you want. What if in the future technology shuts down completely? What are you going to do then since technology was your life? We have to prepare this generation’s minds for whatever comes in the future. The responsibilities that should be given is chores, decent rules, and maybe a little bit of money. If they don’t treat this with care treat them as little kids since they are acting like it. Next time you don’t do your chores because of something like technology think about what if that went away and would you survive in the real world.

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  41. Question #4
    The book I would use to make a secret code, would be the dictionary. I would take partial definitions from different words, but it would have a number with it. The definitions would be all mixed together, making it seem like a letter of junk. People wouldn't understand what language it is, and they wouldn't be able to find it online. Only a secret group would know what it means and what the words stand for. I would use a secret book for a secret group, because if we had one book, and it was the only book with that name, then our group would understand, because nobody else has read it! Even Creighton, wouldn't understand.

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  42. What do you think about the rebuilding of New Orleans? I think that the government should pay to rebuild New Orleans. If they rebuild it then they could make it better and have more protection. It was the home to many Americans and so many of them lost their lives. It would be terrible to have them move somewhere else because they lived there, and created many memories there.

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  43. Question 2
    I think that allowing teenagers at the age of 15 to be treated like adults is a bad idea. I think that is a bad idea because kids would take advantage of it. They would do bad things, and they wouldn't care. I think that if a lot of the teenagers were more responsible then that would be fine. A lot of teenagers are responsible but if you were to let the goods teenagers be treated like adults at 15, then that wouldn't be fair to everyone else.

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  44. Question 1



    I think that the city of New Orleans should be rebuilt. I think it should be rebuilt because people that have lived their growing up and still do as adults shouldn't have to leave because of a hurricane. I think that its a good idea for the government to spend billions to rebuild a town. I think they should spend money on it because it attracts tourists from all over the country.

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  45. The book that I would use would be called Code book I would give stacks of the books to some of my friends and they would give them to their friends and soon all of my friends and their friends have the book and we could talk in code to each other. I would be handy to have when we want to tell each other something secret and not want anybody else to know what we are saying. If we have a plan we go through the pages in the book and use the code to talk.

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  46. Benjamin franklin discovered and invented many many things. The most famous of these is probably the discovery of electricity. The discovery of electricity changed everyones lives. It made us able to travel to the other side of the world in hours. Its probably the best discovery ever.

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  47. Benjamin Franklin had discovered Electricity. It affects my daily life as I use it for light, to type this, to do everything. Now-a-days electricity is needed for everything possible, like hot water, cooking, driving, lights, clocks.. Benjamin Franklin had made a really big discovery when he found out electricity existed.

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  48. Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity. It affects my daily life because i use light and i need electricity in order for me to do everything. Electricity is used a lot today because of gas, water, light and other stuff. If he didn't discover electricity we wouldn't be able to be on computers or on anything.

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