HIS 102
Solzhenitsyn Paper Assignment



Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), at the time of his death, was still writing and working to oversee the publication of his collected works, in thirty volumes).  He was clearly one of the most important Russian writers of the twentieth century, and a towering intellectual and cultural figure in Russia; there is no one even close to his stature alive today.  Take a moment and read his Autobiography that he wrote for his award of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. Photo from 1994 courtesy Evstafiev.


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Read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (in its entirety).

Answer the following question in a one-page paper:

Citing specific evidence from Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (not from the textbook), how was Ivan Denisovich able to resist the dehumanizing aspects of camp routine?

Before proceeding, you might wish to read the short notes on Solzhenitsyn and review the study questions on One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. 

Your paper must follow this format:

  • must have brief introduction and conclusion paragraphs (each not to exceed three lines); the introduction must directly respond to the assignment question and identify your analysis/thesis points.
  • font size 10 or 12 only
  • one-inch margins
  • double-spaced
  • page number citations for your quoted evidence
  • name, and only your name, at the top left of the paper
  • not to exceed one (1) page
  • You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for the grade. At times, you may be asked to rewrite your essay.  This is done for your own benefit and will result in an improved grade.

Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course. Please check this short explanation of what it means to cite historical evidence.

Your assignment should be submitted on Canvas.



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