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Paper_Guide_2007 - THE RISE OF CIVILIZATION Anthropology...

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1T HE R ISE OF C IVILIZATION Prof. T. D'Altroy Anthropology V1008y February 23, 2007 G UIDELINES FOR O PTIONAL M USEUM E XHIBIT P APER Students have the option of writing a 7-10 page (typed, double-spaced) paper that evaluates an exhibit on any of the civilizations that this course covers: Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, China, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. Students who turn in a paper will be graded for the course as follows: midterm, 25%; paper, 25%; and final exam, 50%. That is, the paper will count the same as the midterm. Please keep in mind that the paper is not extra credit; it provides a way of averaging your grade across more assignments. The paper should be a critical assessment of the success of the exhibit in explaining the nature and development of the particular civilization that you have chosen to examine. What works well in the exhibit? What gaps are there? What does the museum capture or convey that the course does not or can not present? The essential question that you should address is how well a visitor to the exhibit would
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