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Assignment Questions

Thucydides Trial and Death of Socrates

This research assistance order is for two entirely separate journal entries, with each journal entry comprised of two 150 word responses for a total of 300 words each, or 600 words total for this research assistance order. The first journal response/entry is based on selected (see below) text of the readily available (google books) Paul Woodruff version (Hackett Publishing, ISBN 13: 978-0-87220-168-2) of Thucydides. If for some reason the writer does not have access to the text, please contact me through SNR interface and I will scan the selected text and provide it asap. ūüėČ The second journal response/entry is based on selected (see below) text on source documents outlined, with the “Doug Linder” provided, and remaining selected text (from ISBN 978-0-87220-554-3) will again be provided if not available to researcher.

Specific Instructions/Requirements for journal entry/response:

1) A paragraph of at least 150 words analyzing the text in response to the specific analysis
question posed on the syllabus for that day. Please use complete sentences and offer evidence
for your analysis.

2) A paragraph of at least 150 words of your own reflections on the text. This paragraph is your
opportunity to discuss anything you would like about the reading due for that day: what you find
interesting and why, what questions it raises for you, what still confuses you, the relevance of the
reading for your own life, and so forth. You may also use this paragraph to offer your evaluation
of the text in response to your analysis in the first paragraph. As the course proceeds, you should
try to relate the various texts to each other and to the course themes. Please note that the
reflection paragraph must move beyond analysis to express your own thoughts about the reading.
Please also keep in mind that the reflection paragraph must be a response to the assigned reading
for that day, not a response to class discussions about previous reading assignments.
Reading journals must be entirely your own work. NO external sources (including websites)
may be used in writing your reading journal. Any reading journal that makes use of external
sources without acknowledgment will have been plagiarized, leading to the penalties for
plagiarism discussed below. Quotations and paraphrases from the text should be properly cited
with page references, e.g. ‚Äú(p.17)‚ÄĚ. Any quotations from the text longer than a phrase will be
excluded from the required minimum word count of 150 words per paragraph. There is no
maximum length for your journal entries.

There are a number of purposes for the reading journal assignment. First, it encourages you to
read the texts closely and actively, so that you begin to analyze and form your own thoughts
about the text rather than waiting to ‚Äúfind out what it means‚ÄĚ in class. The questions assigned
for the first paragraph are intended to guide you through the building blocks of how to analyze
political theory. Second, the assignment encourages you to keep up-to-date with the reading, so
that you will get the most benefit from class meetings. Third, it ensures that a reasonable
number of people will have done the reading on any given day, so that class discussions can be
meaningful and worthwhile. In order to serve these three purposes, journal entries must be done
before class, not afterwards. While your understanding of the reading may change once we have
discussed it in class (indeed, I hope it will, at least to some extent), any journal entry that
seriously attempts to engage with the reading fulfills the assignment.

Journal Reading One: (Thucydides, First 300 Word Entry/Response)
The Peloponnesian War
Chapter 6, b-c
Chapter 7, a-d, except paragraphs 42-59 (pp. 130-140)
Chapter 8
Woodruff’s Introduction, pp xxx-xxxii
Assignment Due:
Reading journal analysis: what is the author’s overall argument (in the book as
a whole)?

Journal Reading Two: (Various/Trial and Death of Socrates, Second 300 Word Entry/Response)
Doug Linder, ‚ÄúThe¬†Trial¬†of¬†Socrates‚ÄĚ
Grube, ‚ÄúIntroduction,‚ÄĚ The¬†Trial¬†and Death of¬†Socrates¬†(pages iv-v)
Plato, Apology in The Trial and Death of Socrates
Assignment due:
Reading journal analysis: what is the primary (type of) evidence provided?
(Remember that reading journals must be written on the main text, which in
this case is the Apology.)
There are faxes for this order.

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