Soil

“Someone says, “Soil is just dirt to hold the plant up.” Would you agree or disagree with this statement?”

I would disagree. Not only is soil used to keep the plant up right, it also feeds it nutrients and gives the plant a way to drive it’s roots into the ground. Soil also provides a way for creatures such as earthworms, to have a home and help the plant grow. Soil to some people may just be icky dirt that gets all over their hands. But to others, soil is the lifeline of their—well—life.

R. Biology, Lesson 100

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Even More Questions? Lucky Me!

“What happened in France during the Revolution of 1830?”

The Revolution of 1830, better known as the July Revolution or Trois Glorieuses (Three Glorious Days in French) took place during the span of three days in France. It was an uproar from the Liberals who wanted the current king (King Charles X) to be fairer towards them. You see, there was a disagreement about wether a charter should be kept or not. The people who wanted to see the charter taken down were called Ultras. Ultras and Liberals were at each other’s throats. But King Charles X was also an Ultra so they had an unfair advantage. In a voting process, most of the votes came in for liberals to be in the higher-ups. The king ignored this and placed only Ultras in these positions. The Chamber of Deputies put out a vote that said that King Charles X was being very unreasonable and ignoring the public. In response, the king suspended the press (specifically the liberal ones) and reduced the amount of eligible voters by a high amount. For three days, the liberals protested, and in the end, King Charles X was overthrown.

“Why did Karl Marx think socialism was superior to capitalism?”

Karl Marx claimed socialism was a superior form of organization society. He also claimed that it would replace capitalism in the end. He described capitalism as brutal and very ‘dog eat dog’ while socialism was full of organization and civilized conversations. 

Western Civ. 2, Lesson 95

 

 

 

Questions? For Me? How exciting!

What was the basic message of the utopian socialists?

Utopian socialism was the idea that if there were more rules, our society would be better. One example being persuading and manipulating the people to think and act a certain way so that there would be peace. 

What were the characteristics of neoclassicism? Give one example of neoclassicism and show how it embodies at least one of these characteristics.

Neoclassicism was an art, usually found in architecture, that imitated the style of Ancient Greek and Roman art. The characteristics of neoclassicism were simplistic, yet nostalgic. A great example of this would be the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. You can see from the pillars on the front that it is a call back to Ancient Greek architecture. 

The Capitol Building

What were the characteristics of Romanticism? Give one example of Romanticism and show how it embodies at least one of these characteristics.

Romanticism was the time and age of romantics, but don’t think for a second that the people involved were pushovers. Romanticism attracted people who had an eye for beauty in everything. Although there were different types of romanticists, one thing remained true in the hearts of every one of them. Emotion. If you listen to the music of romanticists, you can hear their yearning for love. If you look at a painting done by a romanticist, you can see the passion. One example of romanticism is a work done by Mary Shelly called Frankenstein. You may be surprised to know that in her story, Frankenstein’s monster was not the lumbering idiot that most might think. On the contrary, the monster was quite scholarly and showed lots of emotion. He didn’t communicate in grunts and growls like most think, and he wasn’t an idiot. Throughout the novel he is shown seeing great emotional value in humans. And so Frankenstein isn’t so much a romance as it is a romanticism. 

Western Civ. 2, Lesson 90

Orange Trees Spreading Seeds

Fruits are “expensive” for a plant to produce, in the sense that the plant must use a lot of nutrients, sugars, water and space to create something that the plant will ultimately “throw away.” Is it worth it (from the plant’s point of view)?

Hello! I am an Orange Tree! I spend a lot of energy producing fruits that, if not picked by a human or eaten by an animal, will rot into the ground. But that’s ok! Because the seeds within my fruit will blossom and I will expand! For example, the other night, a fruit bat came by and took one of my oranges. He took a bite, threw the rest of my orange on the ground, and then flew away! Normally, I would’ve been upset that such a nice piece of me was wasted, but I knew what would become of my seeds, so I didn’t worry too much. See, I knew the bat would chew up the bite he took and then spit out the seeds. The seeds would then fall into the ground somewhere and, if God allows it, it will sprout a new orange tree and soon a whole grove! So you see, my fruit isn’t being wasted, it’s being spread! 

Biology Revised, Lesson 90

Coins

“Why did he take the coins off the ship?”

The ‘he’ we are referring to is a fictional man named Robinson Crusoe. During his life, Crusoe was always looking for adventures and the adventures almost always nearly killed him. Left on an island, he decided to call it his home and recorded his adventures further in his journal. Throughout his travels, he would often make covenants with the Lord–but break them as soon as the Lord delivered his end of the bargain. And such is a great example of our earthly sin. We act all innocent and helpless but when God decides to help, we laugh in His face and run away. Isn’t that the main idea of our world today? To confine to anything that’s not who we are? People are constantly out doing each other with how different they are and it’s getting out of hand. The more different someone is, the better or worse they are treated. It’s not cool. If we were all who we were meant to be and didn’t break any promises, I’d bet there’d be a lot less violence and murder happening. Killings and torments flood our world like the flood gates when a dam of water is opened. We strive our whole lives to be something great, something new, something worth noticing, when we should be striving for the love of the one who already loves us so much. And that’s Jesus. He literally died for you. I don’t think people seem to grasp what that means anymore. “Oh yeah, He died for me, so what?” He literally gave up His life for you. He ended his life for you. He was dead. Dead as a doornail. And He didn’t do anything wrong. Nothing. At all. You were supposed to die, you know? In His place, you were supposed to die. But you didn’t. Why? Because He loved you so much that He died for you. But He conquered the grave and rose victorious over death. Three days. That’s how long He was dead. Three. Freaking. Days. And then, BOOM! HE CAME BACK! He’s up in heaven just waiting for you to come to him. He loves you so much because he created you. You are his child. So please, don’t break your promises to Him like Crusoe. 

Sorry, I didn’t mean to rant like that. Back to the point.

Crusoe took the coins off of a shipwrecked vessel on an abandoned island. Why did he so such a thing? It could be because he needed something to remind him of where he once was. It could be that he was trying to create a fire using the coins’ reflection. Or it could be because he wanted to bury it in the sand and come across it late in his lifetime. If you were on an island and found something that was familiar, wouldn’t you want to keep it with you? For memories once lost? For times long forgotten? For something to fiddle with when you get bored? I know I would.

English 3, Lesson 85

Questions And Answers

“What does the evidence show about education in England before the compulsory state system was established?”

Despite what most might think, before the compulsory state system was established, the education in England was very good. A lot of very successful people came out of school highly educated. The statistics will show you that there was less education per household but history shows us that there was less of everything back then, so it’s not a very grounded argument.

“What is classical liberalism?”

Classical liberalism is the exact opposite of modern liberalism. In the modern world, liberals are all for the government ruling everything and will gladly give up all of their time and money to make sure that their precious government protects them and limits them so much, that they can no longer be called a ‘free people’. Those who were classical liberalists back in the day wanted to make sure that the government knew when it had stepped too far into their lives. They showed the public what the government was doing wrong and called them out on their mistakes. They wanted less government control! Can you believe how much the word ‘liberal’ has changed in the past years?

“Choose one of the works discussed in lesson 83 and explain how it reflects the principles of classical liberalism?”

The work I shall briefly discuss is called the Petition of the Candlemakers. This work argues that we should shut the doors and blot out the windows in our homes as to make an easier market for the candlemakers. The candlemakers are obviously being cheated out of their hard work thanks to the sun providing free light to everyone! The work was made to seem ridiculous so the government would see that they are the candlemakers when cheaper items of the same trade are the sun. 

Western Civ. 2, Lesson 85

Marginal

“Based on your knowledge of photosynthesis, are there commercially viable ways to produce food on land that has traditionally been considered ‘marginal’?”

mar·gin·al
noun
1. A plant that grows in water adjacent to the edge of land
Re-reading the question, we can understand it as follows: Based on my own knowledge about photosynthesis, are there legit ways to produce food on land that come from plants that grow in the water, yet right next to land? My answer is yes. There is a plant called the ‘Creeping Jenny’, traditionally a marginal plant, that can easily be grown in hanging pots.
R. Biology, Lesson 80