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176 I had to explain the word comprehensible for a low literacy audience?

177 ...if you write a essay about how hard it is to write an essay?

178 Charles is convicted as a sex offender ,and is released early because of good behavior but later commits the same crime once again....

179 meredith decides to live with her grandmother because she is terrified to go home , but a few hours later she heads home...

180 Blind people are not allowed in a competition, but this blind girl still goes on the stage and performs and at the end the judges get to know that she was blind....

181 a website that espouses its expertise doesn't use the proper possessive form? It is, after all, the readers' verdict, not a single reader's verdict.

-- Noted and fixed, thank you. Perhaps this is a good example of Murphy's Law, whereby any written piece regarding 'correct form' will undoubtedly contain mistakes. ...

182 Ray Bradbury's book Fahrenheit 451, is consistently on the top 100 list of banned books in the US....

183 someone will write a poem about how homework takes forever, and then they realize they're done?...

184 In Frankenstein, is it ironic that the creature says the cottagers were his protectors...

185 the dictionary entry for "short" is really, really long?

186 Hamlet uses Socratic irony rather than tragic irony to expose his father's murder....

187 In Harry Potter, "the boy who lived" died, than came back to life?...

188 Hester's daughter Pearl from the Scarlet Letter thinks she will also eventually have to wear a scarlet letter like her mom when she gets older?...

189 a husband gave his wife a skunk for Valentine...

190 Severus Snape is killed by a snake, his Hogwarts House mascot.

191 the only word that you spell right on a spelling test is "illiterate"?...

192 that you can be or not to be as Hamlet would say?

193 A man with the last name Shakespeare is completely illiterate?

194 While arguing to defend that someone else is in fact "clever", that someone would misspell the word "they're" as "there"....

195 In a Clean, well-lighted place, one of the last lines is "He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep."...

196 A company that makes lenses for glasses messed up an order by misreading the prescription?...

197 in a meeting with the Oracle at Delphi, the young heir to the throne of Thebes learns that he is destined to kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus understands that this is to be his fate, so he runs away to avoid it. If he believes he is doomed to become an incestuous murderer, then it will happen no matter what he does. If he does not believe the prophecy, then there is no need to flee. Oedipus hurries away from the Oracle, with every step moving towards his fate, not away from it. He must have known this, but he was still compelled to take action against the unavoidable future. He could not simply let his tragic fate befall him, but there was no possible way to avoid it - the very essence of fate is that it is certain....

198 "'Sure, that's what I mean," Doc Daneeka said. "A little grease is what makes this world go round. One hand washes the other. Know what I mean? You scratch my back, I scratch yours.' Yossarian knew what he meant. 'That's not what I meant,' Doc Daneeka said as Yossarian began scratching his back. 'I'm talking about cooperation. Favors. You do a favor for me, I'll do one for you. Get it?"...

199 Country is, as a word, so close to county?

200 someone newly identified as promiscuous is reading "The Scarlet Letter" in class...