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The topic sentence

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Look at the first sentence of this paragraph (the topic sentence).

In 1946, an escalation of rhetoric began between the West and the Soviets. [...]

What evidence would you expect the student to provide in the rest of this paragraph to support the claim he is making?

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We would expect a series of examples that illustrated this "escalation in rhetoric". These might include speeches from the leaders or statements made by them to the press.

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