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Tutor profile: Michaela P.

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Michaela P.
History and Political Science Undergrad
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Subject: US History

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How did President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) move to stabilize the economy and provide relief during the Great Depression? What were the impacts of this?

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President Roosevelt enacted the New Deal, a program which sought to take action in bringing economic relief to a suffering nation. Projects included in the New Deal include changes in finance, infrastructure projects to stimulate employment and industry, and new reforms to housing and access to food and safe water. New Deal reforms remain enacted and utilized within the U.S. government today, as its projects and programs effectively contributed to the economic recovery of the nation during and following the Great Depression.

Subject: European History

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What was the significance of the Berlin Conference in shaping Europe's relationship with the world? When did it take place and which countries were the major players in imperialism at the time?

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The Berlin Conference, taking place in 1884 was a meeting between the major European powers to negotiate and claim territories in Africa. It could be simplified as the "Scramble for Africa". This conference indicates the growing power and capabilities of the major European power's relationship to the world around them. Major countries which led in the conference include, Great Britain, France, Germany, and Portugal, among other Western European leaders. A key way in which this conference is commonly depicted is through the imagery of slicing a pizza pie or cake and dividing the pieces up amongst the party. This is a great way to interpret how this meeting was essentially serving the purpose of dividing up territories, as if they were slicing Africa apart like a cake in order to have territories rich in new resources, new places to safely explore, and a new space to open up a sphere of influence for their unique country.

Subject: AP Art History

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Many European artists in the 18th Century have demonstrated new ways in which art was used to portray the world around them. What is an example which demonstrates this shift in portraying life in a new, unimagined way?

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A key example which demonstrates the changes seen in 18th Century art in the midst of the Renaissance, is "Fruit and Insects" by Rachel Ruysch. The 1711 painting displays a new fruit variety, rare to Europe prior to the expansion of international trade. Ruysch's use of light contrast and bold colors also indicate a shift from muted tones towards realistic, lively colors which would become increasingly prominent in the following centuries. "Fruit and Insects" signifies a shift during the Renaissance Era in Europe to portray everyday life, rather than large-scale historical or religious paintings which would become less desirable.

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