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Tutor profile: Haley C.

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Subject: French

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What are the direct object pronouns and when are they used?

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Answer:

Direct object pronouns are used to replace a noun that is a direct object of a verb. They precede the verb of which they are the object. The direct object pronouns are me, te, le/la, nous, vous and les. Le and la become l' in front of words starting with vowels.

Subject: US Government and Politics

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What is gerrymandering and why is it important?

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Gerrymandering is the partisan manipulation of political districts to favor a certain political party. State legislatures draw the congressional and legislative districts in each state, creating an incentive to draw districts in a way that benefits a certain political party. This is a problem because it causes some constituent votes to be more important than others, skews election results, makes races less competitive, and reduces incentive for citizens to vote.

Subject: International Relations

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What is the relationship between the realist school of international relations thought and the "prisoner's dilemma"?

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The realist school of international relations stresses the competitive and conflictual side of international politics. It believes that states are concerned for their own national security and struggle for power. The "prisoner's dilemma" is often used to demonstrate realism. For example, during the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union both had the option to arm or disarm with nuclear weapons. Both believed it was necessary to arm so they would not be inferior to the other, but once they were both armed they could not risk attacking the other and they spent a lot of money developing and maintaining nuclear weapons. If they had both chosen to disarm, the nuclear arms race would not have occurred and Cold War tensions would have been avoided. However, in this classic prisoner's dilemma, neither side would rationally do that and risk their own national security or lose power.

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