Meet the Moai of Easter Island



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EOC Response #1

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How does the author use language to advance her point of view? Use evidence from the selection to support your answer.

R: The author uses language to advance her point of view by…

A: using descriptive diction to reveal her view of Easter Island as a place of intrigue and mystery.

C: “the moai, or monolithic lava-rock figures,” “It’s a destination with solitude built into its DNA,” “Scottish countryside rather than South Pacific,” “the distinct outline of giant heads,” “Standing at attention in uniform clusters atop platforms that fringe the shore, they face landward, silently observing.”

E: By using these examples of descriptive language, the author is able to convey her experience to the reader and support her view of Easter Island as a fascinating and mysterious destination.

Response:

The author uses language to advance her point of view by using descriptive diction to reveal her view of Easter Island as a place of intrigue and mystery. For example, she described the moai as being “monolithic lava-rock figures” and depicted them as a “distinct outline of giant heads.” She goes on to describe them as “standing at attention in uniform clusters atop platforms that fringe the shore…silently observing.” By using these examples of descriptive language, the author is able to convey her personal experience to the reader and support her view of Easter Island as a fascinating and mysterious destination.

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