HIS 111 Confucius Paper Assignment




I would never have believed that Confucius' grave survived to the present, but here it is in Qufu in Shandong Province--although no one is exactly sure that he is really buried there.  The standing stone in the center dates to the fifteenth century and is inscribed:  "Grave of the Sacred King of Culture, who achieved Absolute Perfection." Photo credit adam lane.

Confucus Grave
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Read Confucius, The Analects (in its entirety).

Answer the following question in a one-page paper:

Citing specific evidence from Confucius' The Analects (not from the textbook), explain some of the characteristics of ideal government according to Confucius.
Your paper must follow the following format:
  • typed using a word processor (font size 10 or 12 only)
  • one-inch margins
  • double-spaced
  • page number citations for your quoted evidence
  • not to exceed one (1) page
  • name, date and HIS 111, depending on your course, at the top left
  • must have a brief introduction and conclusion (each not to exceed two sentences)
  • You may consider submitting drafts 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 introduction clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).  You can send in multiple drafts (within reason) of an assignment before you submit for a grade.
  • At times, you may be asked to rewrite your essay before it is graded.  This is done for your own benefit and will result in an improved grade.

Before proceeding, you might wish to read the short notes and review the study questions on Confucius.

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 course.

The Confucius Paper is worth a maximum of 100 points.



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