French Declaration Paragraph Assignment
the Arc de Triomphe is certainly not an image of what the French
Revolution initially stood for when the National
Constituent Assembly drew up the Declaration of the Rights of Man in
August 1789. Maybe the Arc is a fleeting image invoking the appeal of the idea of
revolutionary rights for
citizens across Europe. But more pragmatically, it is a lasting symbol of the fleeting power of French
military might under the leadership of Napoleon, emperor of
France. The Arc stands at the western end of the Champs-Elysée,
the main boulevard of Paris, and it took decades to build after
Napoleon had the arch commissioned following his victory at Austerlitz (Battle of the Three
1806. It clearly was modeled on the triumphal, ceremonial arches of Ancient
Rome. In 1920, inside and below the arch, the French dedicated a tomb of the
unknown soldier from World War I. Photo courtesy C. Wayne and Dorothy Miller.
Read the Declaration
of the Rights of Man (along with the document background notes
and the study questions) and answer the following
question in a paragraph:
Citing specific evidence from the Declaration of the Rights of Man (not from the textbook), compare the rights mentioned in the French Declaration
with those mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.
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 Optional French Paragraph is worth a maximum of 25 points.
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