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Practice with the Thesis

Instructions: The following are theses written by students. Evaluate them according to principles of a good thesis, and then check your answers. (Don't just immediately check your answers.)

1. Abuse and violence have taken their toll on Egyptian women, and now they are demanding their rights, and expect the government to interfere in private matters to prevent spouse abuse.

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2. Although the Cairo Air Improvement Project is contributing many efforts in Cairo to decrease the pollution rate in Cairo, there are some points in the projects that may not be feasible to apply in Egypt, like using lead free gasoline, using alternative resources, and raising the awareness of citizens.

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3. A country run by a president who thinks that he is a key factor in the peace process in the Middle East and Palestine should rethink himself over and see with his administration what exactly are they doing wrong.

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4. Once a society is educated enough about the world around them they will become aware of the changes that must be made in order for a society to prosper.

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5. People talk to each other on the Internet for weeks and feel that they know each other well enough to give away personal information; therefore, users of online dating websites are negatively affected.

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6. Torture inflicted upon citizens in Egypt is inhumane and against any convention or agreement Egypt has ever signed dealing with human rights, and the officers and government should b dealt with and controlled for their illegal actions and the country should return to their base laws, and not emergency laws, for as we all know, the country is in no emergency state.

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7. Therefore, while Internet dating may be defended as a practice which involves both freedom of choice and freedom of speech, the fact is that it is a deadly form of interaction which has to be regulated by governments insofar as it enables people to misrepresent their identity and trick young girls into face to face meetings which may lead to their kidnapping, sexual exploitation and, possibly, murder.

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8. In light of recent discoveries of oil and natural gas fields and bearing in mind the risks involved with building nuclear reactors, Egypt should continue to rely on fossil fuels and hydroelectric energy until nuclear energy becomes of urgent need.

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9. Although reading material should be closely monitored to ensure its appropriateness according to different age levels, this does not justify the complete banning, and in some cases, burning of some of the world's most beautiful works of literature.

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10. Although some people may consider McDonalds as harming our society because it causes obesity and Americanization but in truths its helping us by reducing the unemployment which was a major concern to Egypt in the last 20 years, also it is giving donations to help our children and the last factor that life is faster when eating at McDonalds.

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11. It is obvious that trying to make a generalization about a huge number of people, stretching all over three countries and thus having different cultural and economical backgrounds is an impossible thing to do.

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12. Although, tourism development is looked at as being developmental for the Siwan economy, the hidden Siwan treasure lies in preserving the traditional remote Siwa and emphasizing its beauty. This can be done by making Siwan culture with all its uniqueness and anti-modernized life accessible to tourists who seek to find this rare place in our world today.

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13. We have to face the fact that prostitution is inevitable, and since it's going to happen anyway we should at least encourage decriminalization so that we can put regulations on it. Although prostitution is extremely degrading for women, decriminalizing it will prove to be extremely beneficial for any nation.

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14. No matter how ethical or humane it is to ban smoking, it is beyond the bound of possibility that it would actually manipulate the Egyptian culture as it is an addiction and habit with dangerous consequences brought about by male domination/ tradition and lack of education.

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15. Finally, the solutions he offers are those of an outsider, who, again, generalizes the Arab or Islamic world. Thus, I believe that in his book, What Went Wrong, Bernard Lewis fails to analyze the situation of the Arab World in depth.

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16. There are people who are somehow entitled to our money, such as family members or close friends, but strangers are not. We can help them out of charity, but we are not obliged to do so.

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17. Agreeing with Kohn's article, though he is not a professor and had never been into educating systems, is logical since he presents enough evidence. He approaches the issue from different perspectives.

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18. I respect Peter Singer for his good intentions and his effort to try and help those in need, but I find his theory to be flawed in that it does not consider the economic consequences and impractical in that it cannot be applied to real life situation.

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19. They should be pleased that students' grades are getting better rather than criticizing the new generation and trying to create faults that aren't even apparent. It is clear that the older generation can't seem to be satisfied with any results; a problem is made from nothing.

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20. Will Egypt be able to save what's left of her environment and natural beauties? Can environment and development comfortably co-exist? Absolutely, says the minister of the Environment Nadia Makram Obeid and Alaa Ezz, chief advisor to the chair of the Egyptian Federation of Industries. "If the developments are zoned properly."

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Tom Johnson. tjohnson@aucegypt.edu. Last updated May 2004.