Ashley XiongEnglish 121Professor Chris NordquistConcepts to Consider as a Critical Reader1.What is the topic or subject-matterof the article? The topic of the article is why women should not be in combat units.2.What is the main ideaor the thesisof this piece? Can you find one sentence that states the thesis?There are three problems with women being in combat units. One: Young women and young men being together encourages relationships which leads to sexual interaction. Two: Women do not perform as well as men do. Three: God did not create women to do a man’s job.3.What is the author’s purpose? How do you know? Can you point to specificsin the text? Be precise (to clear up misunderstanding, to encourage, etc)The authors purpose is that women should not be able to serve in combat units for the certain reasons listed above. “when you mix healthy young men and women together in small groups for extended periods of time. Just look at any workplace. Couples form.” She also wants there to be a real debate about this topic. “(Actually, there are four problems: The fourth and most important being the likelihood that there will be no real debate, something that I hope this article will help to mitigate).”4.Who is the author’saudience? How do you know? Can you point to specificsin the text?The audience is the people who read this article who are interesting in what Anna Simmons has to say. This may include people who are opposed to her viewpoints and people who agree with her opinion. 5.What is the author’s tone? (Serious, ironic, amusing, despairing, angry, etc.) Can you point to specificsin the text?
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