Characters counting

Created by Julien Palard

Print the number of characters in the given paragraph.

I prefilled the answer box with the paragraph, and assigned it the name phantom_menace.

Just in case you loose it, here it is, so you can copy/paste it:

phantom_menace = """Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The
taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in
dispute. Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly
battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to
the small planet of Naboo. While the congress of the Republic
endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme
Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of
peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict"""

Advice

You'll need the len function, which can measure almost anything: lists, strings, …

If you feel lost, you should start by reading the string tutorial.

You don't have to edit line 1-12, write your code below the # Enter your code below: comment and don't forget to use the print function to print the result!

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How do functions work

A function is a named thing, that take a value (or multiple ones), do something with it, and often give back another value.

A basic example would be the max function that take multiple values and give back the biggest one, the syntax is:

max(1, 5, 2)

and it would give back 5.

What's given back by a function can be used:

  • By naming the given value using a variable.
  • By passing the given value directly to another function.

Typically if you want to print the 5 from the previous example, you can either do:

biggest_one = max(1, 5, 2)
print(biggest_one)

or:

print(max(1, 5, 2))