I’m working on a history writing question and need a sample draft to help me understand better.
Section one will ask you to identify six out of nine from the list of identification terms below. Please write a short paragraph explaining the “who, what, where, when, and why” of the following, paying particular attention to the “why” (or “so what”). The majority of points will be awarded based on your understanding of the importance of the term within the context of this course. That is to say, how does the person, concept, event, or idea contribute to an understanding of a larger point in this course (to restate the point: I grade based on course materials, not Wikipedia entries)? Each term counts for ten points (a total of sixty points). You will not receive extra points for answering more than six.
Choose six from the following list:
“Reds” vs. “Whites”
FNL (Front for National Liberation)
Question 2 (1 point)
Section two asks you to write an essay in response to the prompt below. Excellent essays will treat evidence addressing multiple components of the question and make use of at least three relevant primary sources from Lualdi’s sourcebook (I would certainly count Solzhenitsyn’s A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich as one of those three sources). The essay is worth forty points. There is no predetermined length to the essay. Quality surely trumps quantity. Strive to provide specific examples for the points you make. I will not assess writing in the exam, and I recognize that time is a limiting factor. I don’t expect you to regurgitate the entire textbook or quote directly from the textbook or primary sources.
Essay prompt: Please evaluate the following excerpt from a speech made by a European politician in 1969. In your opinion, does this quote accurately reflect European social, political, cultural, and imperial developments from the mid-nineteenth century to 1989?
“I am revolted by the ‘68ers, the women’s movement, the increasing bitterness toward the State, and the widespread influence that former colonists have on our youth. How could anyone find in Mao Zedong or Ho Chi Minh something to applaud? History repeatedly demonstrates to us that it is only the vision and forethought of men who run the State that can explain the extension of rights that so many take for granted. It was men who fought in the trenches for democracy in the First World War, and men who stormed the beaches of Normandy! The tensions between the ‘West’ and the ‘East’ now can only be solved by the experiences and foresight of our leaders…by the examples set by our forefathers who above all else recognized the superiority of our democracies and Western values. If the ‘68ers would take the time to study the past, they would see that Great Men have built the social, political, and economic institutions that they seem intent to tear down!”