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Understatement: Just a Few Letters

Have You Ever? You and your sister are very excited to hang out with a long-distance friend who’s in town for a few days. Before you can head out, your father expresses some conce...

Legal vs. Moral: Written vs. Right

Introduction Imagine you are taking a walk one night in your city. You come to an intersection with a traffic light. The pedestrian light says stop, but the entire road is empty. ...

Satire: It’s No Joke

Have You Ever? Your school recently had to replace its principal. The new principal seems like a nice enough person, but you’re not sure if he's a good fit for the job. He hasn’t ...

Parody: No Laughing Matter

Have You Ever? You and your friend Mal are walking downtown when you pass a store that’s playing a new top-charting pop song. It, like many other summer jams, is about a Friday ni...

Tautology: It Is What It Is

Introduction Louis is presenting a book report to his English class. He starts by saying, “Personally, in my opinion, I think that the celebrated book The Grapes of Wrath is an ad...

Trolley Problem: On the Moral Track

Problem The Reaper is terrorizing Starbright city! He’s captured local superhero, Foresight, and trapped them. At the villain’s mercy, Foresight is given a sadistic choice… The...

Pascal’s Wager: The Bet of a Lifetime

Introduction What if you had the opportunity to make the bet of a lifetime? Let’s say that, for a coin flip, you have the chance to bet on whether it’s going to land on heads or t...

Metaphor & Simile: A Piece of Cake and Easy As Pie!

Have You Ever? “That test was a piece of cake,” Madeline says to Luke as they walk to their next class. “Yeah,” Luke agrees, “each question flew by as fast as an airplane.” ...