Tutor profile: Paula L.
Subject: Library and Information Science
What are the Big 6 steps in research?
STEP 1: Task definition. Define the problem. What will you research? What is your thesis? STEP 2: Information seeking strategies. What resources will you need? STEP 3: Location and Access. Where can you find the resources? Are they in print? A database? STEP 4: Use of information. Review the information and decide what needs to be left in or taken out. STEP 5: Synthesis. Does the information create a whole that supports the thesis? STEP 6: Evaluation. Are there remaining questions for the assignment? Do counter arguments need to be addressed?
What does the peacock symbolize in Flanner O'Connor's "The Displaced Person"?
The peacock is a Christian symbol of immortality. In "The Displaced Person" is also stands as a symbol for Jesus. The various character's reactions to the peacock mirror their attitudes toward the refugee, Mr. Guizac. The farm's owner, Mrs. Mrs. McIntyre, sees the peacock as merely another burden on her farm. The priest who brings Mr. Guizac sees the beauty of the peacock and the new life available to a refugee. Mrs. Shortley sees Mr. Guizac as a threat to her place on the farm and plots against him. She fails to see the peacock as all. Each character sees or fails to see the beauty and dignity that exists right before them.
Subject: Folklore and Mythology
Many cultures have versions of the "Cinderella" folk tale. Name three and outline for each: a. Who acts as the "fairy godmother" in each of the stories? How are they similar and different? b. What character appears in each of the folk tales (not including "Cinderella")? c. How are the "Cinderella" characters similar and different?
a. In "Adelita" the nursemaid acts as the godmother, but with without magic. The beautiful dress and shawl are kept in a trunk. In "Moon Brow" there is a talking yellow cow and an old woman who together help solve the impossible tasks set forth by the step mother. In Chinye an old woman asks to gather the small gourds in her hut that are filled with jewels. The later stories stress following the advice of the girls' elders. b. A jealous step-mother is common to all. c. In all three stories the Cinderella character is treated as a servant. In Chinye there is no handsome prince. The girl's respect and helpfulness for the old woman leads her to own riches.
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