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After considering the passages above from the CEL, look at how writer Ben Zimmer emphasizes the significance of a particular memory in his essay “Chunking” from the New York Times Magazine (online) (Links to an external site.).

In a short paragraph (150-200 words), respond to the follow questions about Zimmer’s use of memory in the text:

  • Why is Zimmer’s memory of his experience with his son Blake significant to what he has to say about “chunks” of words in the English language?
  • What is the most important point about this memory that Zimmer is trying to communicate?
  • What does Zimmer hope readers will learn about the topic of chunking from this memory?
  • How does he use the story of Blake to connect the significance of his topic to readers’ interests?

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