Tutor profile: Denni M.
What are the five elements of a story and why are they important?
Character: Strong, memorable characters help keep the character engaged with the story. Setting: Whether a writer spends a lot of time describing the setting or gives leaves most of it to the reader's imagination, setting helps a reader envision the world. Plot: Plot is purpose, without it what are the characters doing and what is there for the reader? Conflict: No matter the type of conflict this helps bring action to the story. It can also help readers further identify with or cheer for a character. Theme: The theme helps unify the story under a central idea.
Subject: US History
Photography was only about 30 years old and had only been capturing the horrors of war for less than a decade when the Civil War broke out in 1861. What impact did this new technology have on the war?
Civil War photos brought the war even closer to home for many civilians. While some showed daily military life, many showed the destruction of war. Andrew Gardner and Mathew Brady were among the most prominent war photographers of the time. They arrived at battlefields and often rearranged dead soldiers so their photos elicited a stronger response. This helped show the great toll the war took. This meant even those farthest from the fighting could not forget what was happening.
Subject: European History
What was Louis XIV's reasoning for transforming his father's hunting lodge into the Palace of Versailles?
Louis XIV was an ambitious man, intent on absolutism. He wanted everyone in France and elsewhere to acknowledge and respect his power. A type of feudalism was still being practiced in parts of France and although the king was considered to have a divine right to rule, some nobles weren't keen on relinquishing their revenue and power. Louis XIV saw this as a threat to his rule. He believed in a strong central government and that could only be achieved by squashing the nobility's potential to consolidate power. France, like much of Europe, was often under threat of war, either by its own doing or that of another country. At the time, France was a great military power and Louis XIV wanted his government to exude the same strength. Building the Palace of Versailles and centralizing his government there achieved both of these goals. Versailles was built to house government offices and residences; an important detail since Louis XIV required many nobles to live there at least part of the year and abide by strict court rules.
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