HIS 112
Gandhi Paper Assignment


On 30 January 1948, a Hindu extremist assassinated Gandhi while he was enjoying his nightly walk at Birla House in New Delhi.  His memorial (or Samādhi), the Rāj Ghāt, is located on the spot of his cremation on 31 January.  It is a simple, black marble monument with an eternal flame at one end, located near the Yamuna River in Delhi.  The epigraph reads "Hē Ram" (or "Hē Rama"), often loosely translated as "Oh God," which are believed to be Gandhi's last words.  Photo credit Tiger Palace.

Raj Gat
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Read Mohandas Gandhi's Autobiography:  The Story of My Experiments With Truth (in its entirety)

Answer the following question in a one-page paper:

Citing specific evidence from Gandhi's Autobiography (not from the textbook), what were some of the main characteristics of Gandhi's views on non-violence and why did he choose non-violence to achieve his goals?
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 112 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 Gandhi.

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 Gandhi Paper is worth a maximum of 100 points.



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