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Assignment 1: Essay
Due Week 4 and worth 100 points
one (1) of the three (3) reading selections from the list of topic
choices below. The focus is on brief but important primary source
material written by major authors. Read the selections as identified
with each topic below. Write a three to four (3-4) paragraph essay (250
words minimum) which analyzes the “surprise ending” of the reading
- Reading selection from
Descartes’ Discourse on the Method (Part IV). Descartes begins with a
proof of one basic conclusion and ends with a proof of something much
grander. Remember to focus on the surprise and point of realization, not
the details of the philosophical argument. Read Part IV of the
Discourse on the Method located at http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/authors/descartes.html. This is only four or five (4 or 5) pages of the larger work.
selection of Swift’s A Modest Proposal. It is essential to recognize
the genre of this work, as discussed in our class text, which you should
consult and cite. Swift promotes a radical solution, but subtle options
are mentioned. You are looking for surprise and a point of realization.
Read and focus on A Modest Proposal located at http://www.victorianweb.org/previctorian/swift/modest.html.
(2) reading selections from Voltaire’s Candide. Consider how these
readings start and end in terms of the action and the beliefs. You are
looking for surprise and a point of realization. These selections can be
found on pp. 840-841 in the textbook. In addition, consult the class
text at pp. 824-825.
For the reading selection you choose:
state in your own words the “surprise ending” in the reading you
selected. Clearly identify the point in the reading when you realized
that there were elements in the reading that surprised you. Not all of
the surprises come at the end.
- Evaluate how successful the
author was in convincing you to accept the validity of the “surprise
ending” that was different from what you expected.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
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.
(Note: Students can find APA style materials located in the Additional
Resources section of their Student Center within their course shell for
- Include a cover page containing the title 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.
- Use the source(s)
identified above for the topic you choose, focusing on the main primary
source of that author. You may use additional sources also if they are
of good academic quality for college papers (Wikipedia and similar
websites do not qualify). Use proper APA style in-text citing and also a
matching APA style References list at the end.
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 context.
the influences of intellectual, religious, political, and
socio-economic forces on social, cultural, and artistic expressions.
- Identify major historical developments in world cultures from the Renaissance to the contemporary period.
- Use technology and information resources to research issues in the study of world cultures.
- Write clearly and concisely about world cultures using proper writing mechanics.
for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization
of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following
rubric found here.