Tutor profile: Rebecca D.
Subject: US Government and Politics
What are the three branches of government, and what are there roles?
The legislative branch includes Congress with the House of Representatives and the Senate. They make the laws that govern our nation. The executive branch includes the President of the United States, and it is in charge of putting our laws into practice and make sure people follow the laws. The Judicial Branch is the court system. It is in charge of making sure laws are constitutional and carrying out the prosecution of people who have broken laws. They work in a system to check each other so that one branch never has too much power over another one.
Subject: US History
What are some of the main ideas from the Enlightenment that influenced early American thought?
The idea of a contract between people and government. The people have the right to revolt once the government does not hold up to there end of the contract. The idea that people had freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to petition the government, and right to trial by a jury of peers. John Locke's very expression "life, liberty, and property" was incorporated into our Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson as the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Subject: European History
Who were the six wives of Henry VIII, and what makes each one important to British history?
Henry VIII was known for his many wives. His first wife was Catherine of Aragon, and she failed to give him a male heir to the throne. She had given him a female heir, Mary I. She had previously been married to his brother so he believed there marriage was not blessed by God because of this. He created the Church of England, and he married Anne Boleyn. Anne also failed to produce a male heir. She gave him, Elizabeth I. He believed Anne had cheated on him so he had her sentenced to death. His next wife Jane Seymour was probably his favorite. She gave him a son, the future King Edward VI. She died from complications from the birth of the child. His next wife Anne of Cleves was a diplomatic marriage. He married her without ever seeing her, and when she showed up in Britain, he did not find her attractive so they quickly divorced. She was set up nicely in England and referred to as the King's sister thereafter. His next wife was Catherine Howard. She had an affair, and she was sentenced to death. His next wife Catherine Parr reunited him with all of his children under one roof. She was a champion of the British Reformation, and she wanted to see more radical change which almost got her into trouble.
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