History Question

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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.

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


  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. How does Aristotle, in “On a Good Wife”, describe the role of women within Greek society?
  4. 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.



Criteria Proficient Above Average Average / Competent Needs Improvement See Instructor for Support

Thesis, Introduction

30 Points

Makes strong clear argument that answers all aspects of the question clearly and introduces all supporting points. Makes an argument that answers the question and introduces supporting points, but may not do so in a clear convincing manner. Makes an argument that addresses the question vaguely and may vaguely introduce supporting points but may contain more background and filler to analysis. Statement needs a stronger argument, introduces more summary and background than analysis. Does not have a thesis or argument and does not address the question.


30 Points

Provides ample solid, evidence that directly relates to, and supports, the argument. Provides evidence that relates to, and supports, the thesis. Provides some evidence that relates to, and supports, the thesis. More evidence would help prove points. Not enough evidence, or evidence does not relate to/support your argument. Needs evidence that relates to supports argument.


30 Points

Strong, thorough analysis connects evidence to the thesis to prove argument/ points. Good analysis, connects evidence to thesis to prove points. Some analysis, needs more to connect thesis and evidence to support the argument. Needs more analysis to explain how evidence connects to the thesis. This will support the argument. Needs analysis/explanation/ clarification.

Spelling, grammar, syntax, paragraph structure

10 Points

Proper spelling, grammar, syntax (sentence structure). Paragraphs are well organized. Generally good spelling, grammar, syntax, and paragraph structure, but with a couple mistakes. Generally readable, but with some mistakes. Grammar, syntax, structure, etc. can be improved. Unclear syntax, spelling, grammar, and/or paragraph structure. Needs improvement. See Writing Center for supports. Unreadable. Needs improvement. See Writing Center for Support.

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