Woven baskets characterized by a particular distinctive pattern have previously been found only in the immediate vicinity of the prehistoric village of Palea and therefore were believed to have been made only by the Palean people. Recently, however, archa

Essay topics: Woven baskets characterized by a particular distinctive pattern have previously been found only in the immediate vicinity of the prehistoric village of Palea and therefore were believed to have been made only by the Palean people. Recently, however, archaeologists discovered such a "Palean" basket in Lithos, an ancient village across the Brim River from Palea. The Brim River is very deep and broad, and so the ancient Paleans could have crossed it only by boat, and no Palean boats have been found. Thus it follows that the so-called Palean baskets were not uniquely Palean.

Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument.

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While it may be true that the Palean baskets were not uniquely Palean, the author’s argument does not make a cogent case. It is easy to understand how the author came about their conclusion, but the argument is quite shallow and rife with assumptions, and thus not strong enough to conclude that the baskets were not exclusively created by the Paleans.

The author assumes that because no boats have been found in relationship with the Paleans, the Palean people couldn’t have crossed the Brim River as the current evidence available points to them not being a seafaring people. This is a rather weak statement. For example, what if a boat is discovered within the vicinity of Palea in the future. It also does not acknowledge the idea of commerce between the people of Lithos and Palea, as the Paleans may have simply sold these baskets to the other villages within their region, Lithos included.

The author also fails to consider the possibility that the people of Lithos could have provided the Paleans with a means of crossing the river if they indeed had no boats of their own. This augments the previously stated idea of commerce between these villages, as there would have surely been a way by which goods purchased were ferried across the river.

Additionally, the author does not consider changes in the region’s geography over time. The now brim river could have been narrower and shallower during the era of the Paleans, thereby eliminating the need for boats. Also take into consideration, a bridge which may have long since been worn away by the elements. This point can also be considered in the case of the boats which may have been used by the Paleans, which may simply have been deteriorated by time and nature, or simply buried deep under the riverbed.

Based on the reasons above, the authors argument is lacking and not satisfactory enough to conclude that the baskets did not originate with the Paleans.

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Grammar and spelling errors:
Line 13, column 223, Rule ID: SENT_START_CONJUNCTIVE_LINKING_ADVERB_COMMA[1]
Message: Did you forget a comma after a conjunctive/linking adverb?
Suggestion: Also,
...thereby eliminating the need for boats. Also take into consideration, a bridge which...
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Line 17, column 33, Rule ID: POSSESIVE_APOSTROPHE[1]
Message: Possible typo: apostrophe is missing. Did you mean 'authors'' or 'author's'?
Suggestion: authors'; author's
...d. Based on the reasons above, the authors argument is lacking and not satisfactor...
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Transition Words or Phrases used:
also, but, if, may, so, thus, while, for example

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 17.0 19.6327345309 87% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 10.0 12.9520958084 77% => OK
Conjunction : 8.0 11.1786427146 72% => OK
Relative clauses : 9.0 13.6137724551 66% => More relative clauses wanted.
Pronoun: 18.0 28.8173652695 62% => OK
Preposition: 41.0 55.5748502994 74% => OK
Nominalization: 6.0 16.3942115768 37% => More nominalizations (nouns with a suffix like: tion ment ence ance) wanted.

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 1634.0 2260.96107784 72% => OK
No of words: 330.0 441.139720559 75% => More content wanted.
Chars per words: 4.95151515152 5.12650576532 97% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.26214759535 4.56307096286 93% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.56633034182 2.78398813304 92% => OK
Unique words: 170.0 204.123752495 83% => More unique words wanted.
Unique words percentage: 0.515151515152 0.468620217663 110% => OK
syllable_count: 505.8 705.55239521 72% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.5 1.59920159681 94% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 5.0 4.96107784431 101% => OK
Article: 8.0 8.76447105788 91% => OK
Subordination: 3.0 2.70958083832 111% => OK
Conjunction: 3.0 1.67365269461 179% => OK
Preposition: 0.0 4.22255489022 0% => More preposition wanted as sentence beginning.

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 13.0 19.7664670659 66% => Need more sentences. Double check the format of sentences, make sure there is a space between two sentences, or have enough periods. And also check the lengths of sentences, maybe they are too long.
Sentence length: 25.0 22.8473053892 109% => OK
Sentence length SD: 58.5990286084 57.8364921388 101% => OK
Chars per sentence: 125.692307692 119.503703932 105% => OK
Words per sentence: 25.3846153846 23.324526521 109% => OK
Discourse Markers: 3.69230769231 5.70786347227 65% => OK
Paragraphs: 5.0 5.15768463074 97% => OK
Language errors: 2.0 5.25449101796 38% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 2.0 8.20758483034 24% => More positive sentences wanted.
Sentences with negative sentiment : 6.0 6.88822355289 87% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 5.0 4.67664670659 107% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.218120052726 0.218282227539 100% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0782051229209 0.0743258471296 105% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0508564975252 0.0701772020484 72% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.116944843418 0.128457276422 91% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0601731164952 0.0628817314937 96% => OK

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 14.6 14.3799401198 102% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 54.56 48.3550499002 113% => OK
smog_index: 8.8 7.1628742515 123% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 11.9 12.197005988 98% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 11.73 12.5979740519 93% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.42 8.32208582834 101% => OK
difficult_words: 74.0 98.500998004 75% => More difficult words wanted.
linsear_write_formula: 18.5 12.3882235529 149% => OK
gunning_fog: 12.0 11.1389221557 108% => OK
text_standard: 12.0 11.9071856287 101% => OK
What are above readability scores?

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Rates: 54.17 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 3.25 Out of 6
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Attribute Value Ideal
Final score: 3.5 out of 6
Category: Satisfactory Excellent
No. of Grammatical Errors: 0 2
No. of Spelling Errors: 0 2
No. of Sentences: 13 15
No. of Words: 331 350
No. of Characters: 1564 1500
No. of Different Words: 167 200
Fourth Root of Number of Words: 4.265 4.7
Average Word Length: 4.725 4.6
Word Length SD: 2.371 2.4
No. of Words greater than 5 chars: 107 100
No. of Words greater than 6 chars: 71 80
No. of Words greater than 7 chars: 45 40
No. of Words greater than 8 chars: 22 20
Use of Passive Voice (%): 0 0
Avg. Sentence Length: 25.462 21.0
Sentence Length SD: 10.172 7.5
Use of Discourse Markers (%): 0.538 0.12
Sentence-Text Coherence: 0.371 0.35
Sentence-Para Coherence: 0.63 0.50
Sentence-Sentence Coherence: 0.104 0.07
Number of Paragraphs: 5 5

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