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French Revolution Research Paper  

Dr. Hofer's 1st semester assignment
Last Updated: Nov 11, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Due Dates

1)      Fri. Nov. 14: Research Question, 20 notecards and annotated bibliography due (4 sources)

2)      Fri. Nov. 21: Rough Draft of Thesis, 40 Notecards + Rough outline of paper due

3)      Fri. Nov. 26: Revised Thesis + 60 notecards due

4)      Dec. 3 Rough Draft of Research Paper Due

5)      Jan. 8 2015 Final Draft of Research Paper Due


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The French Revolution was a pivotal moment in the creation of the modern world. The events of 1789 gave us the political binary we still refer to today of right (conservative) and left (liberal). The revolution also weakened the power of the Catholic Church, strengthened the power of the state, challenged slavery, sexism, and the European class system and contributed to a newfound sense of nationalism in European peoples opposed to French domination. Whenever we speak of “equality” today, we are referring, wittingly or not, to the French Revolution.

Your task is to write a paper that explores a particular theme or topic of the French Revolutionary period. Attached (see next page) is a list of sources at the library that will help you to begin your independent research. A few of the sources may have to do with related 18th century topics. If you wish to complete a paper on a topic not concerning the French Revolution, you must clear the topic beforehand with Dr. Hofer.



1)      Research question—what is the fundamental question that drives your research?

2)      Notecards—notecards must be completed on the Noodletools program. Every individual notecard must have 2 concrete facts, as well as a one-sentence dedicated to the “my ideas” section. You must share your notecards to Dr. Hofer’s French Revolution dropbox so that he can view them.

3)      Annotated Bibliography—Your annotated bibliography must be in MLA format. It will contain 4 sources. Your Final Bibliography will contain 5 sources as well as a primary source. Your Final Paper MUST discuss a primary source.  Papers should be about 6-8 pages in length (double-spaced).

4)      Thesis and Revised Thesis—Your thesis is your paper’s underlying argument—what it sets out to prove. Your thesis will be refined as you go through the research and writing phases of the project.

5)      Rough and Final Drafts—Your rough and final drafts must contain 5 sources and a primary source. Your final draft MUST address Dr. Hofer’s recommendations on how to improve your paper.

*Notecards do not need to be printed out, but all other materials do. I will not accept electronic submissions of the Annotated Bibliography, Research Question, Thesis, etc.

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