Mississippi River and Essay

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My mother never worked
1. What kind of work did Martha Smith do while her children were growing up? List some of the chores she performed?
The writer Donna Smith-Yackel’s mother did lots of work throughout her life. She was a mother of more than half dozen of children. While her children were growing up she had to do many works, tasks and household chores to sustain or to keep family going. After her marriage, she helped her husband in farming. She learned to set hens, and raise chickens, feed pigs, milk cows, plant and harvest a garden and carry every fruits and
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He piles the events one on top of another like a list. This is because the chores done by her mother is continuous and repetitive in nature. Therefore she has mentioned dates to make readers know that she did all the works in every event or throughout her life even though she was financially secure.

5. In paragraphs 20 and 21, what is accomplished by the repetition of the word ‘still’?
In paragraph 20 and 21; By the repetition of the word ‘still’ , the writer wants the readers to know that her mother worked day and night continuously throughout her life. Even after she got paralyzed due to the car accident or war she didn’t stop working.

Vocabulary projects

Scrounge-to get or trying to get something by asking and without praying for it
Shuck-to remove the covering of the grains
Shock-to shake violently
Husk-to remove the outer covering of the grains, nuts or corns
Rutted-the deep tracks that have been made by wheels
Reclaimed-to get something which you have lost again
Flax-a plant with blue flowers. Its stem is used to make thread, rope and cloth and seeds are used for making linseed oil
Fodder-food given to the cows, horses and other animals
Intricate-having lots of part and small details that fit together
Sustenance-means of support

2. Try submitting equivalent words for those italicized in this sentence:
He wooded her thoroughly and persistently by mail, and though she reciprocated all his feeling for her, she dreaded marriage…
He attracted her completely


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