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History 104 Essay Examination 2
Analyze the main trends/events in world history from 1850-1920. Be sure to focus on Europe and non-European regions such as Africa, Asia, North America, the Middle East and Latin America. Be sure to cite from your textbooks and lecture notes
Essay Format: Your essay must be at least 1500 (minimum) words in length. Whatever sources you use for your essay must be cited, even if you paraphrase you must cite your sources. The only sources you may cite for this course are the course textbooks and online lecture notes. The easiest way to cite sources is to use parenthetical citations (MLA) that includes the author's last name and page number (Mayer 199). You need citations in every paragraph except for the introduction and conclusion which must be in your own words. Your first paragraph (the introduction) must contain a series of arguments or statements that you intend to historically prove in the text of your essay. Never pose rhetorical questions in your essay. Rhetorical questions are cheap literary devices that make your writing style non-assertive and give the reader the impression that you are not in control of your essay or the material. Immediately give the reader your overall argument, and then, in succeeding sentences of your first paragraph list supporting arguments in chronological order. The supporting arguments should be chronological in order and build on each other. Your first paragraph must contain a series of causal arguments that you intend to historically prove in the text of your essay. You need to tell the reader what caused what to happen, when and why. You need to specifically state in your introduction why all this stuff happened and your causal argument must be proveable. Stay away from arguments such as "greed" caused this history to happen because psychological states simply are not proveable historically; you cannot psychoanalyze the dead. The topic sentences of your paragraphs must do more than simply describe what the paragraph is about, they must also state why the paragraph is important to the overall argument of your essay. In other words, the topic sentence summarizes the paragraph, but also links it back to one of the supporting arguments that you listed in your introductory paragraph. You must have dates or at least periodize in almost every paragraph. Paragraphs should be one-third to one-half page in length. Finally, your essay must have a conclusion that restates your original argument in light of the data and facts that were discussed in the text of your essay. A paragraph is at least four sentences long. To obtain an optimal grade your essay must be clearly written. Clarity of style, proper grammar, spelling, analytical organization and logical coherence are essential if you wish to receive a passing grade. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TURN IN A FIRST DRAFT as your finished essay. A decent paper will go through at least three rewrites. Therefore revision, rewrite, revision, rewrite, etc., is the process that will earn you a good grade. I will be happy to read drafts, outlines, revisions, etc., of your paper.
To obtain an optimal grade your essay must be clearly written. Clarity of style, proper grammar, spelling, analytical organization and logical coherence are essential if you wish to receive a passing grade.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TURN IN A FIRST DRAFT as your finished essay.