Hum 111 Choose one (1) of the topics below and develop a three to four.

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Question Description

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.

Topic Choices:

 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 

burial place?

 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 

additional instructions.

 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 


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