Optional Mongol Paragraph Assignment
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
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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