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  1. page overlook edited ... Person D: Alexis Assignment: Last week, our topics got a little mixed up, so this week's wr…
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    Person D: Alexis
    Assignment:
    Last week, our topics got a little mixed up, so this week's write-up is the mood and tone of the book. Alexis, Katie and I discussed the mood and tone of our book, and decided there was no easy answer. Because it is a crime novel, there is of course suspense and mystery. And the plot is centered around a murder, so the underlying theme is death, which creates a somewhat depressing mood. Some sections of the story are also tense, where the reader is concerned that the LAPD and FBI will not be able to catch the killer in time.
    Summary:
    This week, Katie brought in food, which consisted of gummy bears, Starbursts, and mini Twix bars. We shared our food with the class, as usual. Alexis wrote the questions, which we discussed for most of the period. We agreed on all of the questions, so that part of the class period went smoothly. Once we moved on to this week's assignment, we realized that last week, we did this week's assignment. So this week, we did the assignment for Week 3, which was the mood and tone of the book.
    This part of the period was spent trying to figure out the mood of the book. Because of the genre, there are many different tones, but they are somewhat hard to distinguish and describe. Overall, we had an interesting final book club. We spent a few minutes reflecting on all the books we read this year, and agreed that The Scarecrow was our best choice.

    Questions:
    1. How do you think the case has affected Iggy and Harry’s relationship?
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  2. page hedgehog edited ... Summary: Cassie Jen: Questions ... Leader: Katherine Questions 1.Whose story did you…
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    Summary: Cassie
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    Leader: Katherine
    Questions
    1.Whose story did you like more, Paloma’s or Rene’s?
    I still like Rene's more
    2. Would you recommend this book to anyone?
    Yes I already have but i think that the reader needs to have an interest in philosophy
    3. Did the philosophies discussed in the book teach you anything new about life?
    Yes it taught me many things about life. It teaches you something new on every page. It gives you things to think about.
    4. Do you like the way this book I written?
    Yes. At first we were all little unsure about it but we really like it
    5. Did the things discussed in the book give you a new perspective on parts of life?
    I wouldn't say that but it definitely taught us something new.

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    3. How does Mary Beth feel about Alice's boyfriend? Is she jealous because she doesn't have Glen anymore?
    We don't think she is jealous at all, but in fact she wants to be closer to Alice and Nate in New York so that they can be a sort of mish-mosh family. Nate is was like a father figure to Alex when they visited, and Alice was a good friend to Mary Beth.
    4.4.What kind of relationship do you think Mary Beth and Alex will have with Alice and Nate?
    We think that they will be close to each other, because Mary Beth and Alex need someone to be their family right now. Alice and Nate fill the shoes perfectly, but both Lathams don't want to move to where they live because they are afraid of forgetting what happened. This may lead to some difficulty in their relationship with Alice and Nate.
    5. What are some of the signs that the Lathams aren't ready to move on?
    For Alex, you see that he has sort of retreated into himself, become withdrawn and quiet. He listens to CDs of Max playing his drumset and sits in Ruby's room when he thinks no one is paying attention, so it is obvious that he still misses his two siblings.
    For Mary Beth, you can see that she doesn't want to deal with her emotions. She thinks about her family like they are temporarily gone- just on vacation and coming home soon. She doesn't ever think about their deaths.

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  4. page freakonomics edited ... Week 4 Job B: Nicole Rifkin Freakonomics is mostly about statistics and doesn't contain a lot…
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    Week 4 Job B: Nicole Rifkin
    Freakonomics is mostly about statistics and doesn't contain a lot of imagery (or any, for that matter). However, I will be able to discuss themes. One theme that has been prominent throughout the book thus far is the effect incentives have on people. Incentives can be both rewards for exemplary behavior or punishments for immoral behavior; either way they govern the way all humans act. Teachers and sumo wrestlers are all given incentives to cheat because the punishment for bad student test scores or bad performance in matches, respectively, is so severe. However, if these punishments were removed, or even just reduced, neither group would have any incentive to perform their best. Real estate agents are given incentives to sell a home at the highest price, but the incentive is not large enough to make the extra effort worthwhile, and therefore many homes are sold for less than they are worth. Despite the fact that they are dirt poor and in danger of being killed or arrested, drug dealers have no problem putting themselves in danger because they are incentivized with the improbable promise of becoming a top dog and gaining immense wealth. The fact is that nothing we do is without incentive. Idealists believe that morals govern our society, however, according to the authors, this only appears to be true because incentives encourage good morals.
    Job C: Ryan Simpson
    This week, Nicole brought in muffins and apple juice for a delightful snack. After several minutes of eating, we discussed the book. The last two chapters we read were on criminals and parenting. The first of the two chapters states that the crime rate dropped in the 90s because of the legalization of abortion. It was legalized in 1973 after the Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade. The authors found that most people who abort children are single or teenage mothers, whose children are statistically more likely to become criminals. With many of these children never having been born, there were fewer criminals and thus, fewer crimes. The parenting chapter discusses what makes a good parent. It was found that successful children are raised by successful parents, not parents that put their children in special programs or anything of that sort.
    We talked about which chapters we liked and didn't like. The group found that the chapter on criminals was basically a repeat of the introduction of the book. Part of the introduction mentions the connection between abortion and crime rate. The rest of the meeting was spent discussing the questions that I wrote for the meeting. One particularly interesting part was when we talked about what parents fear. While drownings in swimming pools occur more often than deaths due to guns, why are parents more insistent on keeping their children away from guns? It was mentioned that the familiarity with pools is what eliminates that fear. Also, dying by gunshot is much more gruesome that drowning, so parents are more afraid of it.
    Job D: Ryan Simpson
    1. Does its effect on crime rate change your stance on abortion at all? If so, how?
    Nicole (everyone agreed): I have always has been pro-choice, but this reaffirms my stance and serves as supporting evidence.
    2. In terms of the crime rate, is there much of a benefit in increasing numbers of police and having a strong economy?
    Emily: More police would all have to be trained, and with the economy, if someone is born into a poor family, then the economy does nothing.
    Zach: It makes sense to add cops because it does statistically lower crime.
    3. Why is it that people are more afraid of guns and plane crashes than of swimming pools and car crashes?
    Nicole: People spend more time in pools than by guns, so they are more familiar and people are less afraid of them.
    Ryan: People go in pools and cars many times and are not harmed, so they feel that it won't happen the next time. Also, while much rarer, if you get in a plane crash, you are more likely to die than if you get in a car crash. Also, plane crashes and guns seem more gruesome than car crashes and swimming pools.
    Zach: Because of our culture, people think of guns as a lot more dangerous than pools. People are more likely to grow up with a pool than with a gun.
    4. Besides genetics, what effect do you think that parents have on the upbringing of their children?
    Nicole: Parents have more effect on their children than the book gives them credit for.
    Zach: It matters more who the parents are than what the parents do, so I agree with the book.
    Ryan: I think peoples' surroundings have more effect than the book gives them credit for.
    5. Why, if they have no effect on a child's school performance, do adoptive parents make their children more successful adults?
    Nicole: They are still affected by their biological parents as children, but as they get older, they are more affected by their adoptive parents.
    Ryan: I agree with Nicole, because as you get older, your biological parents begin to have less of an effect on you.

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    We think that terrorists were responsible for stealing the cesium and we think that they were planning on using it for nuclear purposes or to expose it and have its radioactivity cause damage.
    5. How do you think this case will affect Harry and Iggy’s futures with the California Bureau?
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    of the Bureau.,Bureau.
    Week 3: May 21
    Chapters 10-13 (pages 113-166)
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