Article: Most People on Depressants Don’t Need Them
Cultural Background: American health insurance and pharmaceutical companies profit off the citizens. Americans are mostly dependent on some kind of drug.
American work culture and labor laws.
Americans are not required to see a doctor to refill a prescription.
Placebo Effect – patients take fake medicine (sugar water for kids) for fake illnesses.
Scientific Background: serotonin levels need to be maintained, endorphins from exercise; withdrawal symptoms, tapering off eg. Prozac strips akin to Nicotine patches to quit smoking
The Kite Runner
Chapter 6 p.59 – 65 Amir and Hassan’s childhood
Chapter 7 p. 65 – 74 The Kite Tournament
Story Recap: Review of storyline, cultural and historical background, character tensions and personality traits.
Character Analysis: Amir vs. Hassan: Amir is manipulative and Hassan is honorable. Amir is child-like and Hassan is mature beyond his years. Hassan’s love for Amir means he will do anything to stay loyal but Amir sees Hassan as beneath him. Amir and his dad: Amir wishes to win his approval by winning the kite tournament. Amir will do anything to win his dad’s love. Amir and Hassan’s child-like world vs. the adult world of politics and war.
題目: 不同的公園，可能樣貌不同，特色也不同。請以此為主題，並依據下列兩張圖片的內容，寫一篇英文作文，文分兩段。第一段描述圖 A 和圖 B 中的公園各有何特色，第二段則說明你
There’s a reason why parks are considered to be the “lungs of the city." They provide facilities for the young to play and greenery for everyone to escape from the concrete jungle, allowing us to breathe in some fresh air and experience a change of scenery. The illustration of the park in picture A shows that there’s a plethora of equipment on the playground, enough so that kids of all kinds can definitely find their favorite to enjoy. It primarily serves the community as a gym for the kids. Contrary to what playground equipment can promise, picture B shows what a forest should look like if it is relocated to the city side. It provides a plentiful amount of shade to hide from the broiling sun and lush grassland on which we can have our picnics. This type of park serves as a convenient stop-over for people whose lives are always in the fast lane to get recharged when they get sick of skyscrapers and neon lights.
In my ideal world, a park should provide a combination of the aforementioned functions as observed in pictures A and B to satisfy the needs of citizens. In an era when housing quarters have gradually taken over the land where trees and grassland are supposed to grow, we need to reintroduce the right proportion of greenery back into our lives. With the absence of access to mother nature such an important issue, my ideal park would encompass all it takes to be a national park. It would be as if a miniature chunk of nature were transported and relocated back to the heart of a city. One would find hiking paths traversing a land with streams of clean water, trees tall enough for birds to reside in, and a variety of flowers abundant enough to supply bees with a feast. It would be landscape full of scenery that one would assume could only be found in remote natural wilderness — a place to distill and clarify our souls.