Lenin's Testament Paragraph Assignment
certainly not looking good in this photo from 1923. His illness
(strokes) kept him away from any active work in the party. As he
considered what changes to enact, all he was able to do was dictate
some letters, which came to be known as his "Last Testament."
Lenin had wanted his desires to be read to the party congress in April
1923, but he had another stroke, and his wife did not give the letters
to the party leaders. After Lenin's death, the letters were finally made known to party leaders
at the party congress in June 1924 but in such a way as to minimize the
impact of Lenin's criticisms.
Lenin's Testament (There is also
another copy online. Take
a moment to check the information in the Lenin Internet Archive too). Hey,
he should have gotten a better lawyer!
Answer the following question in a paragraph:
Citing specific evidence from Lenin's Testament (not from the textbook), what
was Lenin hoping to accomplish with his "testament?"
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
Charlie's History Writing Center for
specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the
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