Comparison and Contrast

The essays below compare or contrast two like things (e.g. two websites, two cities, two school systems). You can learn to use this pattern from these websites:

All writers in this collection speak for themselves—and themselves alone.

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How I Found Love and Companionship Online

Match.com and PetFinder.org want to help people find their perfect companion. Susan Hogan, a writer and teacher, describes her experiences using these two websites.

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How World of Warcraft Might Help Head off the Next Pandemic

Writing for Nautilus, Rose Eveleth details how a computer bug in an online role-playing game might provide answers on the behavior of real-world diseases.

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Must Great Leaders Be Gregarious?

We often associate charisma with an open, gregarious personality and great leadership. But does that mean introverts cannot lead? Author Susan Cain looks at the two personality styles.

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New York vs. London: Two Cities to Rule Them All

After a study named New York "the greatest city in the world of the future," the editors at the Atlantic detail the similarities between New York and London.

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An Open Letter to Stay-at-Home Parents

Writer and father Joe DeProspero explains the differences between full-time professionals and full-time parents.

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The Quiet Clash Between Transgender Women and Drag Queens

Gay editor, podcaster, and blogger Zack Ford illustrates the distinction between transgender and drag.

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Why Do Some Zoos Euthanize Healthy Animals?

When is it okay to put down a zoo animal? European and US zoos want their animals to have different experiences, which means that healthy animals sometimes die at the zookeeper's hands. Writing for Mother Nature Network, Laura Moss explains the differences in zoo philosophies.

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Why Extroverts Fail, Introverts Flounder and You Probably Succeed

Most people—including hiring managers—generally think extroverts make the best sales staff and managers. Recent research, though, indicates that this belief might be incorrect.

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You Can Now Go to College in Germany for Free, No Matter Where You’re From

Rebecca Schuman, education columnist for Slate, describes the differences between the German and American college experience.

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