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Tutor profile: Christopher F.

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Christopher F.
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Subject: Writing

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Define the characteristics of a well constructed five paragraph essay as it pertains to the thesis statement.

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A well constructed five paragraph essay begins with the central argument of your essay known as the thesis statement. The purpose of the five paragraph essay to provide support for the thesis statement in a way that should persuade the reader to accept the thesis' validity. This begins with the introductory paragraph that gives background to the thesis and sets up the thesis statement by the placing the thesis in the greater context of the situation. The body paragraphs are usually three separate paragraphs which give supporting evidence and commentary to argue the point of the thesis. The body paragraphs must always include citable evidence and commentary that points evidence back to the thesis. The final part of the five paragraph essay is the conclusion, which should connect the body paragraphs back into the context of the introductory paragraph and restate the thesis in light of the evidence.

Subject: Music Theory

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Explain the nature of overtones for stringed instruments and how the contribute to an instrument's timbre.

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Overtones are notes in a harmonic series that are sounded above the fundamental note played. In stringed instruments, this is caused by the physical principles of harmonic motion. As string is actuated, it vibrates back and forth along its full length, causing a fundamental note to sound. The first overtone after this is a perfect octave above the fundamental, occurring because the string is also halves. Additional overtones are caused by the string vibrating in quarters, thirds, etc. The volume of these overtones make up one half of an instruments timbre, the other being its envelope or ADSR. These two factors are what make a middle C on a cello sound different than a middle C on a violin.

Subject: English

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Explain Irony and how Shakespeare uses this device in the death of Julius Cesar.

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Irony is a general term for the plot device wherein the outcome seem contrary to what one would expect. The different types of irony are defined by who is surprised by the outcome of the conflict and what emotional response is elicited. For example, dramatic irony occurs Cesar is killed by Brutus, who he believes to be one of his great friends. The audience is aware from the previous act that Brutus has joined the conspiracy against Cesar, creating suspense for the audience.

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