Misrepresenting Graphs Essay

Is Tess in ‘Tess of the d'Urbervilles' portrayed as being responsible for her own demise? [pdf 40 KB]

Yours is a beautifully clear essay. You write very well, and your prose is delightful to read. You've also done your research and it shows. There is a remarkable lack of vagary about society or feminism in your piece, and you've picked canny quotes from your secondary sources that elucidate and situate your arguments.

You've also located some wonderfully specific quotations from your primary source to support your argument that Hardy's narrator sympathises with Tess. Some of your close readings are wonderfully astute, as when you point out that Tess implores Angel, rather than commanding him. Slightly less persuasive is your assertion that Tess is the victim of Alec's eyes; I suspect you might have found better quotations, descriptions, or incidents denouncing Alec's gaze.

You are clearly very good at pursuing and proving an argument. I encourage you to be a bit more experimental in your next essay; perhaps choose a less straightforward topic and see where it takes you.

Please see penciled notes throughout on shortening sentences and watching for comma splices (please look this term up in a style manual if it is unfamiliar).

Complete the passage by selecting the most appropriate word provided.

The graph shows changes in the number of farms and farm workers in the USA between 1910 and 2000. Overall, there was a 1) huge drop in the number of workers and farms over the period.

The 2) biggest change was in the number of farm workers. In 1910 there were almost 14 million agricultural workers in the US. This number remained 3) fairlyrelatively stable for twenty years, dropping only to about 13 million in 1930. However, between 1930 and 1975 the number of labourers plunged. It fell from 13 million in 1935 to just over 4 million in 1975, a drop of about 66%. From 1970 to about 1990 the number continued to decrease, but more 4) slowly , and from 1990 numbers appeared to level off at about 3 million.

The number of farms followed a 5) similar decline. Between 1910 and 1940 the number of farms remained 6) constant at about 6.5 million. After 1945, the number started to drop 7) rapidly . It fell from 6 million in 1945 to just under 3 million in 1975, a fall of 50%. In the 8) last twenty years of the century however, the number remained 9) relativelyfairly stable at just over 2 million.

In conclusion, the number of farms and workers in America plummeted over the 100 year period.
(1) huge
(2) biggest
(3) fairly/relatively
(4) slowly
(5) similar
(6) Usually
(7) constant
(8) rapidly
(9) last
(10) relatively/fairly

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