Create a 8/5/3 List: List 8 interesting ideas + 5 analytical questions + 3 connections

List 8 interesting ideas (75-100 words each): 6 about the book + 2 about the


  • What ideas did you find especially interesting and why?
  • The 6 ideas from book(1 per chapter) + 2 ideas from essay.

List 5 analytical questions (50 words each, max.): 3 about the book + 2 about the essay.

*What are the most pressing questions that come to mind?

  • List 3 connections between the book and the essay (75-100 words each).

*What connections can you make between the two texts?


8 Interesting Ideas

  1. List idea (cite author of text, page number)
    2. same as above
    3. etc.
    4-8. etc.

5 Analytical Questions

  1. List question (cite author of text, page number)
    2. same as above
    3. etc.
    4. etc.
    5. etc.

3 Connections

  1. List connection (cite authors and page numbers)
    2. same as above
    3. etc.


Grades will be based on the originality and insight of your ideas, questions, and connections.

Assignment Guidelines

The objective here isn’t sophisticated writing, it’s sophisticated thinking.

Technical Information

  • Limit your submission to 3-5 pages total.
  • Even though this is not a formal essay, the language should still be formal and error-free.
  • Avoid first person and personal opinion.
  • Use footnoted or parenthetical citations for everything!
  • NO repeats of topics either within a section or between sections! Cover as much material from the readings as you can.

The Best Lists

  • Avoid direct quotes in this assignment. Rather, use your words to explain your ideas, questions, and connections.
  • Demonstrate depth and complexity of your own original thoughts on issues raised in the readings, NOT verbatim ideas from the readings.
  • Explain why an idea is interesting! You must explain the nature of the connection you’re making, not just repeat ideas from reading.
  • Rather than listing less important facts from the book, grapple with substantial historical ideas, events, processes, and changes.

Asking Strong Historical Questions

Questions should be of a historical nature, avoiding the following:

  • Philosophical musings (What if…)
  • Policy-related questions (Why doesn’t the government…)
  • Psychological questions (Why would they do that?)



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