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Article of the Month: Writers in the Storm

The “article of the months” can be seen as falling along a spectrum. On one side, we have not-at-all-GRE like, vocabulary and elevated style notwithstanding, and at the other end, we have could-appear-on-the GRE.

With this month’s article, there are snippets that seem that they could have been lifted straight from a GRE passage. And that’s not a bad thing, especially if you are looking for practice. For some, the passage might be a bit of challenge, a slog even. If you’re in this group, I encourage you to stick with it, because the topic matter is very much the kind of esoteric fare the test writers have in mind when choosing passages: how the literary references to the weather have changed in the last 200 years.

Remember to not just string words together; be able to come up with a summary of some of the author’s points and recognized when she is using evidence to support those points.

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5 Responses to Article of the Month: Writers in the Storm

  1. Sadanand August 25, 2016 at 5:57 am #

    I was skeptical about the read first but that was a very good, long read, thought provoking read. Never thought meteorology could have such a fascinating history!

  2. Hassan June 19, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

    Hi Chiris lele,

    Thank you so much for your effort and helpful articles. I have a question about a sentence i have read and i didn’t completely understand what did it mean, could you please help me to explain and clarify it :

    a thermal betrays itself in the effortless upward trajectory of a hawk;

    Thank you

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 20, 2016 at 9:41 am #

      Hi Hassan,

      Happy to help with this! 🙂

      A “thermal” is a rising current of warm air. So in this larger context where he is talking artistically about other weather and meteorological phenomena, so we have to consider this in a metaphorical sense. So the “thermal” might make itself visible the observer even though it has an effortless pathway up like a graceful hawk flying.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

      • Hassan June 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

        Thank you so much i was completely confused, I understood it in an opposite way,
        Now it’s so clear, thank you again for clarifying 🙂

  3. KHUSHNOOD YOUSAF January 17, 2016 at 2:21 am #

    Chris … nice article of the month ..i must add that not only did writers but Hollywood has

    also been in the storm for plots using weather conditions …one such

    example is the season “Game of thrones “…. winter is coming…….again thanks 🙂

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