Choose one (1) of the topics below and develop a three to four (3-4) paragraph essay (of at least 250-500
words) which adequately address the topic you have chosen.
There have been many theories regarding how the pyramids at Giza were constructed. Most
experts agree that they were constructed as burial monuments for pharaohs, but “how” these
ancient people constructed monuments of such great size without modern machinery is a mystery
which is still being debated.
No one can say for certain what happened to the Mayan people, but theories abound and include
varied possible alternatives to explain the abrupt and mysterious disappearance of the Mayan
It is believed that Queen Hatshepsut dressed as a man to gain support of the Egyptians. After her
death, her successor removed as many remnants of her rule as possible. Although a pharaoh,
her mummified remains and tomb have never been conclusively found.
Tutankhamen died young, at around 18 years of age. However, his cause of death has not been
confirmed. Did he die of an injury, of illness, or was he murdered?
Considered the “Mummy’s Curse,” a series of unexplainable, unfortunate, or tragic events that
happened to the people who were present at the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb.
The monumental size and complexity of the Tomb of Shihuangdi is astounding. It is believed that
the workers were forced to remain inside the tomb when it was walled shut so they would not
reveal the secrets of its construction. What was the emperor’s purpose for such an elaborate
Other topic choice recommended and approved by the professor and supported by the grading
Write a 3-4 paragraph paper in which you:
1. Clearly state the “mystery” and provide a brief summary of at least two (2) theories which could
explain the mystery. Because some theories may sound far-fetched, include the source or
promoter of each theory – such as a scientist, a historian, a theologian, etc.
2. Identify one (1) of the theories and provide at least two (2) convincing reasons why the theory you
have chosen is the best one to explain the mystery.
3. Use at least two (2) sources besides the textbook.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all
sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format. Check with your professor for any
Include a cover page containing the tile of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s
name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in
the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Explain how key social, cultural, and artistic contributions contribute to historical changes.
Explain the importance of situating a society’s cultural and artistic expressions within a historical