COMPARATIVE ESSAY
Political Science 19
DUE DATE: One week before Final Exam.


GRADING: This is both an optional and a mandatory assignment.  As an optional assignment, those who do the Essay will be able to drop their lowest score on the midterm exams.  However, if any student misses a midterm, then the essay becomes a MANDATORY assignment.  Only one comparative essay can be written for credit.  It is strongly recommended that any student withdraw from the class should  they miss two or more of the midterms.  However, the Comparative Essay may NOT replace the Final Exam.  The Comparative Essay is worth 100 points.

SUGGESTED GUIDELINES: 
1. Examine each work thoroughly.  Compare and contrast the following  themes:
                a. What are the most important political ideas or themes presented in each book? 
                b. Identify & discuss, if any,  the political perspectives of the main characters at the onset of the story?
                c.  Identify & discuss any incidents that challenge or provoke the perspectives of the characters?
                d. How do these incidents influence the outcome of the story?
                e. What new insights did you, as reader & student,  gain from reading these works?
2.  Form & length: ALL essays must be typewritten and double-spaced, and at least 6  pages in length (250 words   per page).  Please edit your essay for grammatical and spelling errors.  Such errors are distracting and makes the essay more difficult to read.  Style manuals are available at the bookstore and are helpful in writing essays.

3.  Remember to use a title page that includes your name (first and last), date and course information.   Please staple your papers in the upper left hand corner and do not use report covers.  All essays become the property of the Instructor.

4.  You may choose any PAIR of works listed.  Fiction and non-fiction books are included on the list.  The general topic is also noted.    Most of the books are available in paperback form and are available at most bookstores, libraries and on the Internet.  No substitutions are allowed.

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