1. “Forest Primeval to Park Avenue”: Conover most heavily uses Process Analysis, Compare/Contrast, and Narration. There are consequences for both action and inaction, just because something seems like a good idea does not mean it is actually beneficial for everyone; also don’t rely on Oreste on the river banks.
2. “Road or Not a Road”: Conover mainly uses Division/Classification, Definition, and Compare/Contrast. As the old cliché goes “Don’t judge a book by its cover (because although you may see a road, others may see a path their ancestors would worship as sacred, believing the souls of the dead travel long it on their way to/from the Underworld).”
3. “Slipping From Shangri-La”: Conover employs Cause/Effect and Narration. Although change is not always for the better, the world will continue to aspire to “advance” more “primitive” peoples; despite the side-effects of gaining the ideal of having lost Shangri-Li, a concept that’s inception will only come into our realm of thought after “advancements” have already been made.
4. “Road Ecology”: Conover uses Argument. Roads allow human beings to come into contact with one another, but also assist us in ending the lives of countless scores of animals; we, as the dominant species, must atone for these unintentional acts of violence any way we can big or small (including checking the driveway for toads before we back up).