Historical Realities of Imperialism, and Colonization paper
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
IMPORTANT: For the paper, you are to answer ONLY ONE of the questions from below.
I would recommend that you not wait until a couple of days before the deadline to begin writing the paper. It is a much better idea to spend several days thinking about
which question you want to respond to. That includes brainstorming, organizing your thoughts, putting together an outline, communicating with your peers and discussing
ideas, and thenand only thenstarting to write the paper. However, that is only the first step. The writing process also involves revising, editing, revising again, and maybe
writing some more. In other words, writing this paper should be a multi-step process. In the end, your paper will be much better for it.
The essay should be between 1,000 and 1,250 words. A HARD COPY (Word document or PDF)
Your final score will be based on (there is also a rubric for the paper posted under Grading Rubrics):
Your ability to persuade, which includes using evidence, examples, and descriptions to support your points/arguments
How sophisticated your argument is (interpretation, originality, analysis, explanations, and conclusions)
How well you organize the paper (think introduction, body, and conclusion)
The use of paragraphs and how well they are organized (a topic sentence at the beginning of each paragraph, for example)
The clarity of thesis statement in introduction, and how well the thesis is argue and supported throughout the paper
The clarity and conciseness of your writing
How well you follow the rules of grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
You are free to use whichever style and format you are most comfortable with (Chicago Manual of Style, APA, or MLA). The GMU Writing Center is a good resource (see
https://writingcenter.gmu.edu/writing-resources/writing-center-quick-guides). Also, be sure you give appropriate attribution to all quotes and citations. No matter the style
you select, be consistent throughout your paper. Failure to do so will result in points being deducted.
Lastly, there is no need to consult outside sources for the paper. However, if you’d like to access one outside source, that’s fine. But be sure you cite the source properly and
acknowledge it wherever appropriate in the paper.
QUESTIONS (respond to only one):
1. Imperialism and colonization are two important themes in Things Fall Apart. Both themes are embodied in the English characters of the book. In a well-organized essay,
compare and contrast three of these characters. How does their portrayal by Achebe reflect the historical realities of imperialism and colonization during the late
nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? Be sure to use details, evidence, and examples from the book to support your argument(s).
2. The history of the colonization and subsequent takeover of Africa by western powers is often told from the perspective of the colonizer. How does Things Fall Apart offer
a different narrative? Does the book make for a more complete understanding of the interaction and conflict that occurred as western nations invaded Africa territories and
kingdoms? How so? Be specific and use historical evidence.
3. At the end of Things Fall Apart, we learn that the District Commissioner intends to write a book titled The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger. What
does the title of the book suggest about the commissioner’s attitudes toward the native populations in Africa? How does the title reflect the unfolding of history? Support
your arguments with evidence from Things Fall Apart, the textbook for class, and/or other material from the course.
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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