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Tutor profile: Britney D.

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Britney D.
University Student of History and Music with Teaching Assistant Experience
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Subject: Writing

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What are some tips for writing a good conclusion for a paper?

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Your conclusion should summarize the main point of your paper. Think about the main point you want your reader to remember. This can also be a good place to explain how this topic is relevant. Why should the reader care about your argument?

Subject: Music Theory

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What should you avoid when composing first species counterpoint?

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Dissonant intervals between the counterpoint line and the cantus firmus, such as any kind of second, fourth, or fifth. You should also avoid leaps above a fifth, unless it is an octave, parallel fifths, and parallel intervals over more than three measures.

Subject: World History

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What does Rome's founding myth tell us about Roman Society?

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Although Livy himself admits that he is not trying to "prove or disprove" the founding myths of Rome, the stories told in Livy's History of Rome tell us a lot about Roman society. Take, for example, the story of Romulus and Remus. According to Livy, the story of Rome begins with twin brothers named Romulus and Remus. The brothers, offspring of a raped vestal virgin, were sentenced to be exposed (abandoned and left to die), as infants. Their mother claimed Mars, the Roman god of War, was their father. A servant took pity on the boys, put them in a basket, and floated them down the Tiber River. The infants were rescued and suckled by a “she wolf,” before they were found and raised by “the king’s flockmaster.” When the two became young men, “Romulus and Remus were seized with the desire of building a city in the locality where they had been exposed.” The two brothers ruled the city together at first, but eventually Romulus killed Remus, and became the sole ruler of Rome. Some of Romulus’ actions throughout this story are morally questionable by modern standards. Romulus killed his brother to secure the throne for himself. Romulus also planned the abduction and rape of the young women of a neighboring kingdom when the city of Rome was without women to bear children. However, Romulus’ actions are justified by Livy as necessary to sustain the nation. “Livy’s characterization of Romulus demonstrates the lesson that the needs of the state should be understood as predominant, and hence when the survival of the state is at risk, the preservation of the state inherently justifies the means necessary to do so,” ( “The Exemplary Lessons of Livy's Romulus," by Rex Stem). The legendary beginning of the Roman kingdom clearly demonstrates the nationalistic character of its people.

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