Humanities 121 Short Essay 2: The Odyssey

Harold Bloom, an eminent 20th Century literary scholar, wrote, "Homer's Odysseus is a very dangerous figure, whom we admire and respect but do not love. He is a great survivor, the one man who will stay afloat when all his shipmates drown. You would not want to be in one boat with him then, but there is no one you would rather read or hear about, because survival is the best of all stories. Stories exist to defer death, and Odysseus is the grand evader of mortality

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Final Exam

After having taken Western Civilization I, what is the relevance in studying ancient/medieval/early modern history (that is, the period roughly before the year 1650)? Please point to specific examples from our course that show that the subject matter we studied is important to understanding today's world

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Public History Final Project

Scholars might mark the end of “colonial America” in 1776, when the thirteen colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, or perhaps in 1783, the year the American Revolution came to a close with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Today, however, colonial America is alive and well. Along the eastern seaboard, one might purchase a ticket to experience “living history” at historical theme parks such as Colonial Williamsburg (in Virginia) and Old Sturbridge Village (in Massachusetts).

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The Conference of the Birds

1. Take a section from the assigned readings and do the following in an essay: a. Discuss the basic structure of the section. b. Identify the allegorical players in at least one of the parables told. c. Explain what each of the significant players in the parable represents. i. What is the parable suggesting? ii. How is the soul’s journey being blocked from its path to God? iii. What answer is the parable giving in reference to the hoopoe’s advice?

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Democracy Post-1990 in Latin American

1) The paper should focus on comparing the quality of democracy post-1990 in two Latin American countries other than Cuba, Peru and Venezuela. It should assess each country in terms of at least two of the following criteria: respect for civil liberties; horizontal accountability; the rule of law; and the extent to which elections are free and fair. If you examine other criteria, you should state what they are and why they are important.

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