Humanities- 5 Short Essay Responses
In answering the essay questions, respond in your own words–do NOT copy information out of the textbook. All responses should be the result of critical thinking and insight based on close study of the material.
While I expect you to consult your textbook, I also expect the answers to demonstrate your mastery of the material. Phrase the information entirely in your own words to demonstrate your understanding of it; again, do NOT copy it out of the textbook. I already know what the textbook authors have to say. Moreover, answers should be substantive, in-depth, and detailed to receive any credit.
In other words, while I absolutely expect you to consult your textbook as a source of information for the essay (absolutely NO other sources–website, blog, etc.), I am looking to see how well you have synthesized, absorbed, and gained insight from a critical reading and study of the material. Again, answers should be substantive, in-depth, and detailed to receive any credit.
WARNING: Any material taken from the textbook to support your answers, even if paraphrased, MUST be properly cited (MLA format) throughout your answers (not just at the end; see the example below).
Moreover, the material for these chapters is NOT “common knowledge;” it is very discipline-specific, and so, your answers, although phrased in your own words, should be properly documented. A failure to do so constitutes plagiarism. Too, all responses MUST be college-level in style and content.
And while you may use a direct quote here and there to lend credibility to your answers, do NOT string quotes together instead of answering the questions in your own words. Again, paraphrase the material and properly cite it throughout since the words may be yours but the ideas and information are not.
Study carefully the examples below:
Citing an Electronic Textbook: Charlemagne had two goals as King of the Franks—to expand his empire and spread Christianity while doing so and to spread learning throughout his realm (Cunningham, et al. Chapter 9, “Charlemagne”). He spent the first twenty years of his reign in the saddle, consolidating his realm. Once this was accomplished, he established the palace school in Aachen, and employed Alcuin of York to create a curriculum that became the basis for classical learning in the Middle Ages (Cunningham, et al., Chapter 9, “Learning in the Time of Charlemagne”). Moreover, a number of religious reforms occurred during Charlemagne’s reign. He sent for a copy of the Vulgate Bible from Rome, and then he commissioned monks to create accurate copies to be distributed throughout the empire (Cunningham, et al., Chapter 9, “Carolingian Culture”). He had the liturgy and music of the Church standardized and reformed, as well (ibid). The great king’s efforts helped to pull Europe out of the darkness after the fall of the Roman Empire.
**What you see it the last name of the first author of the course textbook followed by a comma and the Latin words et al (meaning: “and others”) in italics followed by a period. Then state the textbook chapter in which the information is found followed by a comma. After the comma, the title of the specific section in which the information is found is placed in quotation marks. A period goes AFTER the parenthetical citation and ends the sentence. Subsequent citation from the same chapter and section can use the following: (Ibid). Ibid means “in the same place.” However, if you cite information from a different chapter or section, you must cite it in full.
**What you see above are examples of a college-level answer that uses specific information from the textbook but has been properly paraphrased–expressed entirely in my own words–and properly cited throughout using MLA citation format. Your answers on the essay portion of the exam should model this.
Once more with feeling: Do NOT simply cite a range of pages or a reference at the end of your answer. Again, use of source material must be cited throughout the answer as it is used.
Again, do NOT just string quotes together in your answers. Paraphrase the information–that is, state it in your own words–and cite it throughout to credit the source (textbook only) that provides the basis for your response. You MUST demonstrate your understanding of the material by your ability to compose a cogent, college-level response that uses the source material on which the answer is based by proper citation (MLA format only). This is a hallmark of all academic and professional work.
BE AWARE: The essay responses will be automatically submitted to Vericite by the Canvas system. Vericite is an originality program that scans all submissions for plagiarism. It has an enormous database that is continually updated. Just do your own work, and use source material (the textbook only) appropriately.
NOTE: If you fail to proofread your work and it contains obvious errors, I will deduct significant points. This is college, and your work should reflect your status as an intelligent, capable college student.
Now on to the task at hand, read the directions below VERY CAREFULLY!
Essay Directions: Answer each of the questions below in a “meaty” paragraph of at least ten-to-twelve focused sentences. All responses must be detailed, specific, and college-level in style and content (complete sentences only). Each answer is worth up to ten points.
NOTE: These questions require discipline-specific information to be answered accurately. Only the textbook may be used as a source. All source information–even when phrased in your own words–MUST be PROPERLY documented to receive ANY credit. After all, the words may be yours, but the ideas, the information, the details, and so forth are not. Please look at the example provided in the message about the exam in the Announcements tool. Your responses should model that example.
IMPORTANT: All answers must be well-developed for depth, detail and critical insight as well as properly cited throughout to receive ANY credit.
NOTE: Please do NOT include the questions with your answers. Simply number each answer to correspond to the question being addressed.
1.Briefly compare the religious beliefs of the Egyptians and the Mesopotamians. What do their differences tell us about the cultures involved?
2.What are the main features of the Homeric world view? Be very specific.
3.What are the features of a work of art that indicate it is Hellenistic? How does the Hellenistic style contrast with that of the Classical Period?
4.What are the chief features of Etruscan culture and religion?
5.Discuss this statement: “Roman art and culture are late and debased forms of Hellenistic art.”