Analysis: Structure

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A quick read of a Pioneer Press article about the arrest of a group of unlawful moviemakers reveals that the story is meant to amuse as well as inform.

The lead gives the main facts, but the main draw of the story-the fact that the "criminals" were shooting a movie-is left for the second sentence. Several jokes are made about this throughout the story.

The story follows the inverted pyramid structure, with the first few paragraphs giving the most important facts, the next paragraphs giving important details, and the last paragraphs smaller details that could be cut out if necessary.

Quotations are used on several occasions, with quotes from police mentioned early on in the story and less important quotes-like those given by neighbors-kept for the end.

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