HIS 111
Optional Mongol Paragraph Assignment


In the vicinity of Genghis Khan's capital of Karakorum (aka Khara Khorin or Qara Qorum).  The city was briefly the center of the powerful Mongol Empire created in the thirteenth century by Genghis Khan and his successor Ogedei, but by the end of the century, as the heart of the empire moved elsewhere, the city was already in decline.  The sixteenth-century Tibetan Buddhist Erdene Zuu monastery were built from the ruins of the imperial city.  Photo credit kinghu.

Near Karakorum
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Read the excerpt from William of Rubruck's Account of the Mongols (along with the document background notes and the study questions) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from William of Rubruck's Account (not from the textbook), what were some of the main features of Mongol political practice and ceremony?
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 Mongol Paragraph is worth a maximum of 25 points.



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