For each chapter of OB, you should read the entire chapter and take notes (which you will likely use on the respective assignment, as well as in your Midterm/Final Exam studying and other course work). Once you have finished reading the Chapter, you should look at the “Post-Reading Questions” at the end of the Chapter and of the Post-Reading Questions answer. Alternatively, you can choose the “Journal Option” (Option 3 below). For each question set, you should write a 1-2 page typewritten response, being sure to use information directly from the documents themselves. Each answer should also include one direct quotation from at least three of the sources referenced in the question (for a total of at least three quotes). Each question set’s answer is worth a possible 2 points.
The three choices for Chapter One are (you should CHOOSE ONE to answer in 1-2 pages):
- In 1-2 pages, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a centralized federal government, being sure to bring in specific examples and quotes from the primary source documents in this chapter.
- Write down what you think “all men are created equal” means today and what that type of equality would have looked like for minority groups in the new republic. Then, in 1-2 pages, discuss how realistic you think that type of equality would have been, being sure to use specific examples to support what you argue.
- JOURNAL OPTION: Write 1-2 pages of notes on all of the documents you read in this chapter and, at the end, write down 5 questions (i.e. phrases you don’t understand, “aha!” moments you had, contemporary things that you are comparing the reading to). Please see the Journal Notes/Questions Guide (under “Files” for more guidance). Notes/Questions should be typewritten and single-spaced.