The purpose of this assignment is to assess students’ ability to analyze complex historical sources and materials and reach conclusions based on interpretations of those materials.
Choose one question below and answer by writing a brief analytical essay. The essay should have a clear thesis and main points supported by properly cited primary source evidence. Essays should be uploaded via Canvas no later than the conclusion of Module 3. (Module 3: Primary Source Analysis Paper: Submit Here ) This assignment is 10 percent of your overall grade in the course.
Begin by indicating the number of the question to which you are responding. The essay should be 500-750 words. The essay format should be double—spaced, using a standard size font and margins (12-point Times New Roman font with standard 1-inch margins). Please see the Chicago Style for guidelines on citing and formatting. The first page of the assignment should include your name, class, and the number of the question you are answering. Chicago Style guide can be found on-line: http://libguides.nvcc.edu/ChicagoTurabian (Links to an external site.)
Please note acceptable file extension include: .pdf, .docx
Special Note: If you select a prompt for this essay which you previously wrote about for a discussion post in a previous module, your response here should be much more detailed and polished. Do not just cut and paste your original discussion post! Essays which are simply copied from the discussion boards will not receive any points. Edit, expand, and improve!
How does the “Epic of Gilgamesh (Links to an external site.)” portray the relationship between Sumerians and their gods? What role do the gods play in the narrative, and why might the author(s) have wanted to portray them in this manner?
How do the Excerpted chapters of Genesis (Links to an external site.) portray the relationship that the Hebrews had with their God? What elements of the stories define this relationship, and why might the author(s) have wanted to portray the relationship in this manner?
How does Aristotle, in “On a Good Wife”, describe the role of women within Greek society?
How do women in “Antigone” by Sophocles fit the ideals of ancient Greek society?
Additional Instructions and Information
The most important thing for you to do in your paper is to present an argument as a specific answer to the question given above. Your paper must also focus on the primary source texts. This means that you should read each document carefully, think about it, and form your own point of view about the topic. Once you have your argument, you will want to organize your essay as follows: an introduction, supporting or body paragraphs, and a conclusion. In the introduction be sure to clearly state your thesis statement. The thesis statement clearly states your argument and is the central idea that organizes the rest of your essay. In the supporting or body paragraphs you will prove your thesis statement and support your argument with evidence. Be sure to start each paragraph with a topic sentence that introduces the main point of the paragraph. Clearly explain to the reader how the evidence you provide supports your argument.
All evidence you use in your paper, whether directly quoted or paraphrased, must be cited properly. For this assignment, please use the Chicago Style for citing sources. Do not use any outside sources (encyclopedias, internet); this assignment assesses your critical thinking and writing skills. Evidence should be based on course material only, especially primary sources.
Please review the college’s policies on Academic Honesty summarized on the course syllabus and college catalog. Any act of plagiarism, collusion, or cheating will be acted upon according to the policies of the college. Please see the instructor if you have any questions.