Written Assignment #1
Please answer one of the questions below using our primary sourcebook (Perry). Type a four to five page answer (around 1200-1500 words) with reference to specifics and examples from the relevant reading(s).
Your assignments will be graded based principally on 1) the clarity and thoughtfulness of the thesis and 2) the strength of the evidence from primary sources and your analysis of that evidence. You do not need to use formal citation for this essay nor do you need a works cited page, but be sure to cite relevant page number(s) in parentheses following your quoted examples.
Read the introductions to the documents in Perry to gain perspective on the texts themselves, but do not quote or paraphrase the editor’s words as examples. The point of this exercise is to work with primary sources (a primary source is a text written during the period under study, and a secondary source is a text written outside of that period). Please see the essay rubric available on Moodle for a much more complete description of how your assignment will be graded.
1. “John Locke’s understanding of freedom and equality is the essential basis of any happy and prosperous society.” How would the following individuals react to this quote: Rousseau, King Louis the Fourteenth, and Napoleon?
2. “Do not allow yourself to be overawed by traditional beliefs and institutions. Slavish regard for the past prevents society from achieving a happier future.” How would the following people react to this statement: Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Edmund Burke and Herbert Spencer?