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Quinlan T.
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Music Theory
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Question:

How does one create a minor triad, and what does this change often convey in terms of "feeling" within the scope of Western music?

Quinlan T.
Answer:

In order to create a minor triad, one must flat the third of the chord (the "second" note of the chord in terms of physical order on the keyboard, for the triad consists of the first, third, and fifth note of the scale in question). This change will often cause the feeling of the chord to be more ominous in nature, leaving the listener with a slight dissonance that is often used to convey feelings of sadness and anger, as well as to depict unfortunate events within the thematic structure of the work.

Psychology
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Question:

What is the significance of the Capuchin Monkey testing that was conducted by Sarah Brosnan (2003) in regards to Social Inequity Aversion?

Quinlan T.
Answer:

The study helped to depict an insight into the fundamental principles of developing inequity aversion, which would later be used in child studies. The Capuchin Monkeys in question, when given an unequal reward for the same task as one of their counterparts (in this case the "good reward" being a grape, and the "bad reward" being a piece of cucumber), would instinctively throw away the reward and angrily attempt to convey their dissatisfaction with the result. These negative reactions are often attributed to violated expectations, and can be related to the human evolution of cooperation and one's analysis of work versus pay-off.

Literature
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Question:

John Keats is known as one of the most influential naturalist poets in modern British poetry. Looking in his third publication, known as "Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems" (which can be found through many free resources online), give three things that stand out to you as impactful in terms of imagery, writing style, or overall compositional merit.

Quinlan T.
Answer:

Focusing on the poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn", the stylistic choices of John Keats that made him so very influential are evident. The first trait pertains to strong correlatory details that bring about a historical context to the poem, which helps in the solidification of background, and in turn, the selective setting of the reader's mindset. The secondary trait is the careful selection of descriptive words within the work, which form an underlying "network" that subconsciously works to manipulate the reader as the narrative being told progresses. The tertiary trait is the secondary narrative that often underlies the primary narrative of Keats' poems. These differing narratives serve to add breadth to the work and to give a contrasting, foil-like supplement to the major point of the work in question.

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