HIS 102 and 112
Seventeenth-Century Paragraph Assignment


The Palace of Versailles (aka Château de Versailles) was the French King Louis XIV's pleasure ground for his nobility and the royal court, constructed between 1669 and 1682 in a village outside of Paris.  Today it is in the Parisian suburbs.  Photo courtesy Edgar Gonzalez.

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After reading the textbook assignment for this unit, write a paragraph that answers the following question:

According to the textbook, what were some of the important historical developments that shaped European culture in the seventeenth century? (ps. not the Renaissance or Reformation which occurred in the sixteenth century) 

Your paragraph must follow this format:

  • begin with a concise topic sentence (sentence 1) that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and that identifies your analysis/thesis points.
  • font size 10 or 12 only
  • one-inch margins
  • double-spaced
  • since you are summarizing in your own words, you do not need quoted or cited material
  • name, and only your name, at the top left of the paper
  • about one-half page in length (not to exceed 3/4 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 work.  This is done for your own benefit and will result in an improved grade.

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

Watch the short video on this textbook-based paragraph assignment.

Your assignment should be submitted on Canvas.

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