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Soueif first describes Cairo as viewed from the river at a distance, rather than from within the protest. How does this help the reader visualize the scene?
The primary organizational pattern used in paragraph 16 is _____.

Gradually, corner by corner, box by box, we have been separating the "antiques" from the candidates for Goodwill from the junk unceremoniously deposited on the sidewalk. One by one, I have figured out what matters to us. Not the carton of china, but my mother's wedding dress. Not the crystal vases but the photographs. Not my grandmother's watch but her soup pot. And above all, the unexpected treasure trove of World War II letters my father wrote.








Below, in paragraph 15, the author asks the question "Was it Sept. 11 that made us want to get down to basics?" In asking the question the author is _____.


(15) Was it Sept. 11 that made us want to get down to basics? Get unstuffed. Divide history from clutter. Was it simply to figure out what of my own collecting and consuming will matter to our kids?

(16) Gradually, corner by corner, box by box, we have been separating the "antiques" from the candidates for Goodwill from the junk unceremoniously deposited on the sidewalk. One by one, I have figured out what matters to us. Not the carton of china, but my mother's wedding dress. Not the crystal vases but the photographs. Not my grandmother's watch but her soup pot. And above all, the unexpected treasure trove of World War II letters my father wrote.







What is the primary organizational pattern of paragraphs 10–12?

"Why, Ms. Goodman, do you have any idea how much this 1954 cardboard stencil is worth today?"

"Why, no, my mother bought it for 39 cents at Woolworth's."

"Well, she got quite a bargain. Today at the right auction you could get $1,300 for this!" Tears, followed by applause.

The primary structure of paragraph 9 is _____.

When we talked of cleaning, he would begin with the assumption that everything was junk. I would begin with the idea that everything was an heirloom. He saw the aging, peeling Playskool giraffe as kindling wood. I saw it as something to be resurrected for grandchildren. He looked at the old school supplies as Goodwill, I saw them as Antiques Roadshow.

Paragraphs 7 and 8 are organized primarily around _____.

I suppose the fault was largely mine. I belong to a family of packrats. I grew up in a home where rubber bands were saved on doorknobs for a rainy day, although what we would do with those bands when it rained was unclear. My aunt next door has a collection of plastic ice cream containers that date back to the invention of plastic.

"But like an annual resolution to lose weight and shape up, our good intentions would disappear behind closed doors" (paragraph 6) is an example of _____.

From time to time, from spring to spring, we would talk about retrieving whole rooms from their musty existence as museum hall and storage company. But like an annual resolution to lose weight and shape up, our good intentions would disappear behind closed doors.
By discussing ancient Egypt in paragraph 4, Goodman is _____.

We are finally excavating the archaeological layers of our past, digging artifacts out of corners of the house that have been untouched nearly as long as Tutankhamen's tomb. The pharaoh's tomb-diggers, however, didn't uncover a macrame plant holder or a dozen plastic planters.
Paragraph 3 of Goodman's selection is included to _____.

At one end of the pile is a decaying red cardboard table that my daughter once used for her preschool Play-Doh. Spring cleaning, 1975. Not far away there is an ancient and honorable and defunct box of tax returns. Spring cleaning, 1987. Nearby are my father's law school notes. Spring cleaning, 1932.
Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Goodman's selection are organized primarily by _____.

We are adding another relic to the huge pile that looms outside our door when a neighbor walks by and asks approvingly, "Spring cleaning?"

"Sort of," I answer and turn my eyes to the sidewalk that looks like a giant yard sale of cardboard boxes, plastic bags, and broken furniture.
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