Analyzing Topic Strings in Paragraphs

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Instructions: Study the paragraph to determine the topic strings: identify the beginning and ending topics in each clause. To review, see this discussion of topic strings (opens in a separate browser window).

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Aphrodite (known in Roman mythology as Venus), is the Greek goddess of love and beauty. She is often accompanied by her son Eros (Cupid), who shoots arrows into mortal and god alike to inflame their passions. There are several varying accounts to her birth. Some writers asserted that she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. The majority of writers, including Ovid, state that she was born out of the ocean when Cronus castrated Uranus and the genitals fell into the sea. Other versions of the story claim that she was born out of the foam of the sea at the site of Petra tou Romiou in Paphos, of the island of Cyprus. Aphrodite was given in marriage to Hephaestus, although she disliked her unsightful husband. She had a long running affair with Ares. She also has had children with Hermes (Hermaphroditus) and Anchises (Aeneas). The former child's name gave rise to the naming of a unique medical condition when people having both male and female sexual organs, refered to as hermaphrodites, are born.


SentenceStarting topicEnding topic
Aphrodite (known in Roman mythology as Venus), is the Greek goddess of love and beauty.
She is often accompanied by her son Eros (Cupid), who shoots arrows into mortal and god alike to inflame their passions.
There are several varying accounts to her birth.
Some have asserted that she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione.
The majority of writers, including Ovid, state that she was born out of the ocean when Cronus castrated Uranus and the genitals fell into the sea.
Other versions of the story claim that she was born out of the foam of the sea at the site of Petra tou Romiou in Paphos, of the island of Cyprus.
Aphrodite was given in marriage to Hephaestus, although she disliked her unsightful husband.
She had a long running affair with Ares.
She also has had children with Hermes (Hermaphroditus) and Anchises (Aeneas).
The former child's name gave rise to the naming of a unique medical condition when people having both male and female sexual organs, referred to as hermaphrodites, are born.


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