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Tutor profile: Marilyn D.

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Subject: Library and Information Science

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When would George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, be considered an authority? When would he not? Why?

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Authority depends upon how the source is used and how it fits in a particular field. George Lucas would be an authority on film production. He has an education in cinematic arts and has written, produced, and directed several films. He is widely acknowledged within the film industry as a pioneer in visual effects and audio reproduction, so one could reasonably cite George Lucas in a research paper about film production. George Lucas is not an authority on astronomy. Though he created the Star Wars saga, which is synonymous with space, one could not write a research paper about space and cite George Lucas for credible information. Astronomy is a science, which normally requires education and scholarly publication in that field to be considered an authority.

Subject: US History

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Explain how World War II might be considered a “good” war for America?

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First, America suffered significantly fewer casualties and less damage in World War II than other nations involved. The Soviet Union suffered more than 20 million military and civilian deaths, whereas American deaths were fewer than 500,000. Also, with the exception of Pearl Harbor, the United States sustained no major destruction within its own borders. Economically, World War II was responsible for ending the Great Depression. Between President Roosevelt’s adoption of Keynesian economics and the creation of a labor shortage in the United States, World War II marks the beginning of dramatic growth in the American economy. Socially, the United States enjoyed a wave of patriotism and support from the “homefront,” mainly due to World War II being morally unambiguous. In the view of American citizens, World War II had an obvious “villain” and fighting against that villain was perceived as the right thing to do.

Subject: European History

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Pick monarch from European history. If you were to compare this person to a protagonist from film or literature, who would it be and why? If you were to compare this person to an antagonist, who would it be and why?

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As a protagonist, King Philip II of Spain is similar to Sirius Black from the Harry Potter movies. According to some modern sources, Philip can be considered a cautious monarch who was genuinely concerned for his people, but has a bad reputation in history due to English propaganda. This is similar to Sirius Black, who always fought against Voldemort and protected Harry Potter, though much of the Wizarding World believed him to be a criminal. On the other hand, Philip is to Thanos from the Avengers series. From the time of the Spanish Armada, Philip could be considered a religious zealot who made a foolish attempt to attack England for the sake of Catholicism. Thanos sought to destroy half of the universe’s lives for what he believed to be just.

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