It is so important to be consistent with the way one enumerates their points. For example, we don’t say first, then, finally but first, second, and third. That way the audience is not confused about when the speaker is near to completing his/her well organized speech. Excellent article!
I find it amusing that American teens and pre-teens seem to have instinctively expanded their seasonal celebrations to add another night before Halloween, one on which they commit various acts of harmless (or unfortunately not) vandalism, including pranks on neighbors. If we assume that All Saints Day was moved to co-opt the central day of Samhain which was associated originally with the Gods and Goddesses of the Celts, and All Souls Day was supposed to co-opt the worship of the Ancestors, then the modern Cabbage Night, Hell Night (boy does that push the Fundamentalists buttons!), or simply Mischief Night (which used to be April 30th the night before May Day in Germany theres that Beltane/Samhain connection again) would correspond to a celebration of the often mischievous Nature Spirits. This then nicely covers the Indo-European pattern of the Three Kindreds of Deities, Ancestors, and Nature Spirits.
This version of How to Answer Essay Type Questions in Literature Examinations was reviewed by Diya Chaudhuri on July 16, 2015.