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Tutor profile: Victoria R.

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Subject: Writing

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What is the difference between the use of a semicolon (;) and a regular colon (:) in writing?

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Answer:

Though sometimes used interchangeably, semicolons and colons both have very different uses. Semicolons are primarily used as a stylistic way to join two sentences together, however, there are two requirements that must be met. When combining sentences with a semicolon the sentences must both be independent clauses (i.e. able to stand on their own - I like that cat), and related (i.e. He is fat and fluffy). Putting that together, it looks like this: I like that cat; He is fat and fluffy. Colons are a little more variable. Colons can be used to list items (i.e. I brought many things with me on my trip: gloves, a scarf, and pants), just make sure everything before the colon is a complete sentence. Colons can also be used to join sentences together, so long as the second sentence explains the first sentence. I.e. I don't like cheese very much: I had a bad experience in third grade with brie. Again, both sentences should be independent clauses!

Subject: US History

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What was the significance of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire?

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Answer:

In 1911 New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was one of the biggest tragedies that occurred in the history of industrialized labor disasters. Over 140 workers (nearly all young, immigrant women) burned to their death since they could not escape the building due to neglected safety features in the building. Doors were locked shut, the elevators did not work, and the fire hose did not work. This brought workers' rights, especially women's working rights, to the forefront of American politics, as these deaths were extremely preventable. Worker's unions set up a march attended by tens of thousands of people, forcing New York city officials to prompt labor reform in the name of safer working conditions.

Subject: English

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In Fitzgerald's iconic novel, The Great Gatsby, what was the significance of Gatsby and Daisy's relationship, and what were the consequences and implications of it?

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Answer:

In the novel The Great Gatsby, the controversial nature of Gatsby and Daisy's relationship varies depending on who you ask. The main subject of debate: did they really love each other or did they only love what the other could provide for them? Arguments can be made for either, but I personally believe the latter as opposed to the former. I believe that, while they did care for each other, they liked what the other represented. For Gatsby, Daisy was the epitome of what he wanted to be: a picture of old-money wealth. For Daisy, Gatsby represented rebellion and was a reflection of how she wanted to be the object of someone's attention. Daisy liked the excitement and allure of Gatsby, and she loved how he was infatuated with her because she was shallow. But ultimately she knew she would never end up with him because she knew that her fiscal security and societal reputation rested with her husband Tom. Gatsby loved Daisy, but I would argue he loved her status and wealth more, as that was his real desire (evident by how he transformed himself into the caricature of Gatsby). By being with Daisy, it would have put him on a fast track to old-money status. Unfortunately, we all know none of these things happened and that there was no happy ending here.

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