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Tutor profile: Ruth K.

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Ruth K.
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Subject: Writing

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How do you format or what do you include in an essay introduction?

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Answer:

The introduction is meant to begin an essay, and to present one's idea to readers for the first time. While the beginning of the introduction depends on one's audience, it should be engaging and capture the reader's attention. Within an introductory paragraph, one should work backwards, beginning with the broader, umbrella idea first before narrowing down to the more specific, relevant idea.

Subject: English

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Does "The Great Gatsby" reflect American values and the so-called American dream? Explain your reasoning.

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The American dream is the idea that anyone should have the opportunity to pursue their ambitions and fulfill their goals in life. In "The Great Gatsby," Gatsby has pursued and achieved his vast wealth. He is an optimist and an idealist. However, Fitzgerald is critical of the idea of the American dream. Gatsby's true aim in the book is to win the affection of Daisy Buchanan. He almost succeeds, but Daisy's husband catches on and persuades Daisy to remain with him. Towards the end of the book, Fitzgerald demonstrates his critique of the American dream by killing Gatsby off. In the end, Gatsby is dead, his wealth is of no use to him, and he never began a romantic relationship with Daisy.

Subject: AP Art History

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What did early modern, European works of art say about humans' relationship to nature? In what ways does this kind of art continue to mediate the ways in which we interact with nature?

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Early modern European art works relating to nature (including different types of gardens) demonstrated Biblical ideas about the right of humans to exert their control over nature. Curiosity collections, menageries, and gardens were all expressions of ownership and control over natural spaces and elements of nature (such as animals, shells, and rocks). These ideas about controlling nature are still pervasive today, leaving a lasting legacy on the ways we experience nature. For example, menageries, introduced in early modern Europe, provided the foundation for the modern zoo, which remains a commonly-enjoyed institution.

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