Bismarck Paragraph Assignment
Prince Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898),
painted by Franz von Lenbach (1836-1904) circa 1890 well after Bismarck had reached old age and just before
Kaiser Wilhelm II relieved Bismarck of his posts as Chancellor of
Germany, Prime Minister of Prussia and Foreign Minister of
Prussia. In the portrait, Bismarck, depicted in a ceremonial
white Cuirassier uniform, still retains his power and majesty while wearing his
Pour le mérite medal (Prussia's highest military award). The original is at the
Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz,
but I found this image online elsewhere.
Read the excerpt from Bismarck's
memoirs (along with the short background notes
on Bismarck and the study questions) and answer the following
question in a paragraph:
Citing specific evidence from Bismarck's memoirs (not from the textbook), what were some of the main features of Bismarck's conservative
Your paragraph should be about
one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should
contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned
question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use
direct, quoted material to support your points. You
may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about
your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or
specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course
instructor following the directions
for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in
Charlie's History Writing Center for
additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course..
The Required Bismarck Paragraph is worth a maximum of 50 points.
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