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Can you check these statements for me, please?

1) What did you have as a drink/to drink? I had a coke.
2) Winston is attracted by the telescreen, which shows a report about the big iron. The Party has taken control (?) of his life
3) The street, in which (?) his house lies, is full of dust and torn paper.
4) He is a reassurance (?) to most people.
5) A black-moustached man is gazing down over the script (the words): "Big Brother is watching you" (Can you suggest a synonym for "gaze down over"?
6) Where the bombs have cleared a larger patch (I need a synonym), colonies of wooden houses have sprung up like chicken houses. (what is the purpose of this simile? Did the houses lie one next to the other?)
7) The poster pictures a man with a black moustache symbolizing the Party.
8) Can you suggest to me a site where I can find a brief (concise) summary of Shakespeare's "A midsummer night's dream?" Do you know if it is possible to listen to the comment,too?

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    3 - "on which" (not "in which")

    4 - is reassuring (rather than "a reassurance")

    5 - looking at (rather than "gazing over")

    6 - Where the bombs have cleared a large swath of land, colonies of wooden houses have sprung up like chicken houses. (what is the purpose of this simile? Did the houses lie one next to the other? yes, very close to each other, as if they're all crammed into the smallest space possible)

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    Re Shakespeare's work:

    Here's the best website I've found to help students read Shakespeare's plays:
    http://nfs.sparknotes.com/
    Click on the title of the play you want, then click on the act and scene. You'll find original Shakespearean language on the left and a modern-day "translation" on the right.

    http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/
    Excellent for good summaries and some analysis.

    Here are several other really good websites about Shakespeare and his works and his times. Be sure to add ALL THESE to your favorites so you can find them again.

    http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/

    http://www.shakespeare-online.com/

    http://www.bardweb.net/

    http://www.enotes.com/william-shakespeare/

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