HIS 111
Optional Quiché Paragraph Assignment



As I note in the material about the Popol Vuh itself, you are not actually reading it for this assignment, but I encourage you to take the opportunity to read it sometime, especially the creation myth that begins the book.  There is a great animated version of the creation myth available on Youtube--thanks to Mary Pollington for finding that.  I also wanted to add something here about the very process of "translation," but I think that I'll do that under the assignment background notes.  Credit "First page of the Rabinal Manuscript of the Popol Vuh, kept in the Newberry Library, Chicago, the Ayer Collection."

Popol Vuh
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Read the material about the Popol Vuh (along with the document background notes and the study questions) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from material about the Popol Vuh,
how difficult has it been to preserve a copy of the Popol Vuh over the centuries?
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 Quiché Paragraph is worth a maximum of 25 points.



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