Paragraph Fan Test

Paragraph fan test: Every paragraph should ideally be able to pass this test. A reader should be able to put a paragraph of scrambled sentences back together based on the transitional elements that link the sentences. Cut these sentences into strips and rearrange in their original order. Talk about what clues the sentences offer to help you reassemble the paragraph - these clues are transitions.

  1. In later years, this is the greatest claim that he has upon her.
  2. An Arapesh boy grows a wife.
  3. And in those exceptional cases when the arranged marriage falls through from the death of the betrothed husband, and the girl is betrothed again after she has attained her growth, the tie is never felt to be so close.
  4. Upon the young adolescent husband particularly falls the onus of growing a wife.
  5. A little girl is betrothed when she is seven or eight to a boy about six years her senior, and she goes to live in the home of her future husband.
  6. Here her father-in-law, the husband, and all the brothers combine to grow the little bride.
  7. Similarly, when a man inherits the widow of a relative, he may have contributed very little food to her growth—especially if she is older than he—and these marriages, lacking the most important sanction that the culture recognizes, are less stable.
  8. As the father’s claim to his child is not that he has begotten it, but rather that he has fed it, so also a man’s claim to his wife’s attention and devotion is not that he has paid the bride price for her, or that she is legally his property, but that he has actually contributed to the food which has become flesh and bone of her body.
  9. If she is dilatory or sulky or unwilling, he can invoke this claim: “I worked the sago, I grew the yams, I killed the kangaroo that made your body. Why do you not bring in the firewood?”
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