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Tutor profile: Sara T.

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Subject: Writing

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I need to come up with a topic for my final essay, what should I do?

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Answer:

First figure out all of the guidelines you have for that essay, this includes paper length, assigned topics and limitations on resources or references you can use. Brainstorm a number of ideas that would fit within the range of your assignment and try to pick topics that you either find interesting or know a lot about, as this will make actually researching, writing and editing your essay a lot easier. Do some basic research on a few of your topics and look for one that has a large number of reputable resources than you can draw from and add to your bibliography. Then just pick whichever topic would work best for you from there!

Subject: Folklore and Mythology

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What does it tell us about the Olympians &/or ancient Greek culture that Hermes is rewarded, not punished, for his lies, trickery, and daring inventiveness?

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In this situation, I believe that it shows us that the Olympians valued intelligence and results over honesty and “integrity”. That Hermes is valued and rewarded for his trickery and lies speaks about the traits that the Olympians/Greek culture placed the most value in. He is able to (mostly) get away with those actions, and is able to use his inventiveness and resourcefulness to get out of any of the trouble his choices might have landed him in(offering Apollo the lyre in exchange for the cows he stole). Hermes is a trickster figure of sorts in Greek/Roman mythology. Compare this to Loki in Norse mythology. He is frequently asked to solve problems or unsavory situations (and some of them are not even his own fault), which he does mainly through lying and trickery. Despite his ability to get out of situations that seem impossible and to get results, he is seen as dishonest and looked down upon by the other Norse gods. While these gods have similar actions, they are treated very differently in myths as a result of the values of the cultures of which they are a part of.

Subject: Agricultural Science

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What is a visible different about avian blood cells than those of mammals?

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Birds(and many vertebrates other than mammals) have RBC's(red blood cells) that have a visible nucleus inside. There are a number of theories as to why this is, but the short answer is simply that the ancestors they evolved from also had them. Birds may have not "picked up" on having enucleated rbc's(rbc's lacking a nucleus) because they have a highly efficient respiratory system that allows them to "get away" without the advantages of having them(enucleated rbc's have more space for oxygen storage and transport, and can pack much tighter). Enucleated rbc's also have a much shorter lifespan than nucleated rbc's, and mammals must counteract this with increased production of rbc's, which are produced in bone marrow. Birds, having pneumatic or "hollow" bones would see a trade off in bone density and weight(with increased bone marrow for rbc production) which would effect their ability to fly due to increased weight.

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