World History Part I: 3500 BCE – 1500 C.E. FINAL

Part II – Analytical Essays (5 points each)

For this essay you should use our textbook by Robert Strayer, including all of the primary sources, lecture slides, and any of the resources I’ve posted under the videos and links. You may not use any other outside sources.

There are TWO ESSAYS that you must complete. Each essay must be carefully thought out, well organized, and contain:

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Introduction – Must include a thesis statement, which identifies your argument and lays out how you intend to support your argument.

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Primary Sources – We’ve been exploring a variety of primary sources in the Strayer book. You may use as many as you need, but no fewer than 2 primary sources for EACH essay, to answer the questions below. Be sure to cite the primary source by indicating in a footnote or parenthetical the document or visual source. For example, “Strayer, Doc. 1.1, p. 47”.

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Analysis – I am not looking for you to repeat facts and dates. I am looking for you to construct an argument using facts, primary sources and course materials to support your thesis statement.

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Conclusion – Your conclusion should tie together your argument and sum up your overall essay.

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Works Cited – You must include a works cited/bibliography. Failure to do so will result in the loss of 1 point.

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No Outside Materials – You do not need and, in fact, should not use outside materials to complete this assignment.

Question 1:

At the beginning of the course we discussed the Eight Key Features of Civilization (See Course Documents for Review).  Having now looked at 5000 years or so of human history, please consider the following:

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How relevant or accurate are these attributes when we consider the societies/civilizations we’ve discussed? 

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Do you find these features compelling in helping to determine what makes a civilization? 

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Are these features set in stone or is there more of a sliding scale of relevance?

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Do you think that they accurately describe the civilizations that we have looked at this semester? Do they sometimes apply and sometimes not apply? To that end, pick two of the features and relate them to two different civilizations that either do or do not exhibit these traits.  Your answer should be two-three pages.

 

 

Question 2:

Over the semester we have looked at several ways of presenting history to an audience: documentaries, text, myths, etc.  With that in mind, please consider the following:

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Which medium for conveying historical information did you find the most compelling?  The most effective? 

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In your response you should argue which medium found best (most compelling, interesting, and effective) and relate it back to a specific example that we’ve seen in class and discuss the content it covers.  For example, if you are arguing that a documentary is a very good way of doing history, you should choose one of the documentaries we’ve examined in class and then provide two examples of how that documentary does a good job of covering the material discussed in lecture and in the book.  Please examine two examples of whatever medium you thought was best.  Your answer should be two-three pages.

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While this might seem like a pure opinion question, I am actually asking you to make an argument so be sure to limit the use of “I”.

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