Essay exam #1 should be four to six pages long, and is worth 100 points. Essays will use Times new Roman font, 12 point size font, double-spacing, with page numbers on each page. Essays will be evaluated by the grading rubric in the Syllabus Final publish Essay Exam #1 is due Sunday The Exam Questions There are two essay questions. Answer both questions, using approximately two pages for each question. Answer them in a way that weaves the questions together into one coherent essay. Make sure your answers employ and reference the terms and ideas covered in our course readings and online lectures. (student will provide these resources to writer) Give examples to support your ideas and be specific. Question One Our lectures have discussed the “Pillars of Citizenship”: The Declaration of Independence (1776) The US Constitution (1787) and the Bill of Rights (1789) Please answer: What do these documents specifically argue for, what do these documents argue against, and how are these arguments in conflict and / or harmony with each other? Brainstorm key terms to get you started: “self-evident”, why must Congress publish its dealings?, does permanent rebellion clash with law and order? Question Two In contrast to the three “pillars”, we have also discussed the fourth “pillar”, grassroots activism of African-American citizenship during American Revolutionary times. Our class readings also mentioned other marginalized, or excluded groups, such as poor white farmers, women, and “Indians” as excluded from the “cornerstone” documents. Please answer: Why would Thomas Paine’s democracy be in favor of the above grassroot group movements, and absolutely love their ability to improve our notion of communication and citizenship? Brainstorm key terms to get you started: being “sober and orderly”, “walk worthy”, why is it important to “extend the sphere” of participants? Suggestions / Tips Tip 1 For both questions (especially question 2) use quotes from the weekly readings to back up your ideas also include outside resources to support your assertions Tip 2 Find an interesting context or theme for your essay, so you can tie both essay questions together. Successful contexts or themes might include example themes the concept of freedom the definition of citizenship the American Dream example contexts 21st century citizenship entire essay framed by presidential / founding father quotations (ie Franklin, Jefferson, Washington) use an analogy throughout – last year I had a ‘football’ analogy used, the declaration was the offense (revolution), the bill of rights was the defense (standing up for citizens), the constitution was the referees (laying down the law) – what a fun, fun, essay.