|Answer one of the
||Examine Son-Jaraís greatness in relation to his origins,
powers, personal qualities, and actions (in other words, what accounts for
Son-Jara emerging as a Mande hero).
||Explore how Islam and the occult co-exist in Fa-Digi
Sisokoís The Epic of Son-Jara.
||Discuss the role and place of women in The Epic of Son-Jara.
||What are the principal differences in the interpretations
of the Son-Jara tale as presented in Sisokoís The Epic of Son-Jara
and D.T. Nianeís Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali.
|Or, if you would
like to write on a topic of your own choosing, you must email your
proposed topic to the instructor at
obtain his written approval before submitting. Only paper topics
pre-approved by email confirmation will be graded.
General Instructions: This assignment tests both your
understanding of the topic you choose to write on and your ability to
write an effective paper exploring important issues related to it. It is
not a research assignment. Although it is not an overly long assignment,
you are expected to produce a polished, insightful paper. You are being
asked to complete this assignment by thinking through the question and
preparing a response based on your interpretation of the material in your
own words. The paper will be assessed on its success in forwarding a
tightly-organized, well-written, informative, and cogent argument that
directly speaks to the topic. The best papers will exhibit clarity,
succinctness, originality, nuanced analysis, and a command of the relevant
material. Weaker efforts will be characterized by an overly general
approach to the topic with a vaguely defined premise, poor organization,
few specific examples, occasional incoherence, and too many grammatical,
syntactical, and spelling errors. If you have any questions about how to
proceed with your paper, either with respect to the structure of the
paper, or its content, please discuss them with the instructor.
|Papers should be type-written,
800-1200 words in length, and follow standard essay-writing format (i.e.,
double spaced, 11-12 font, normal margins). In the paperís introductory
paragraph, clearly express the paperís position or thesis, ensuring that
it directly addresses the question to which you are responding. As an
added precaution, indicate, along with your name, which question you are
examining at the top of the paperís first page, to eliminate any
ambiguity. Argue for your position by analyzing material from the book.
Provide as many specific examples to prove your arguments as possible,
complete with citations that reference the page on which the evidence
supporting your position is found. Direct quotations should be judiciously
employed--two to three at most and avoid block or extended quotes
altogether. Citations demonstrate your thorough familiarity with the text
and shore up the evidentiary basis of your paperís thesis.
|Only under exceptional
circumstances should first-person narrative voice be employed.
Third-person voice is preferable to second, but either way, consistently
use one and do not mix them. Colloquialisms, contractions, and
abbreviations should be avoided, and it is important that you run a
spell-check program and proof-read your paper before submitting it. More
than merely resulting in demerit points for typographical errors or sloppy
grammar, a poorly written paper that abounds with obvious mistakes
detracts from its overall impression and can obscure the arguments it
seeks to forward. Include page numbers on all pages following the first
and kindly staple your paper together. The paper counts for 15 percent of
your course grade.
Citations: When referring to material not your own, it is
imperative that you cite the source, whether you are quoting verbatim,
paraphrasing, or referring to ideas, arguments, and conclusions drawn from
someone elseís work. Failure to acknowledge the source constitutes
plagiarism and is unacceptable. Please review the University of Floridaís
Academic Honesty policy at
http://www.dso.ufl.edu/judicial/procedures/honestybrochure.php and ask
the instructor for further clarification if any aspect of the policy is
unclear. If referring to specific passages in the book, it is sufficient
to cite only the page number--i.e., (p.21) or (21), unless you are using a
version of the book other than that found at Gator Textbooks. If you cite
an outside text, provide a fuller reference--i.e., one that includes the
name of the author(s), the title of the book, the place and year of
publication, the publisher, and the page number(s). For internet
citations, include the full URL and the name of the author and
institutional source (if the latter two are provided).
Turnitin and Paper Submissions:
You must establish an account
at http://www.turnitin.com for
submitting your paper and enroll in the class no later than
Friday January 20, 2006, using your e-mail
address. Failure to register by that date will result in a penalty of 2
percentage points, which will increase by an additional percentage point
each successive Friday. A user guide is available at
in PDF format. A QuickStart Guide is available at
You need Adobe Reader to read
the user guides. Click here to download the latest version.
Once you have an account at
Turnitin, follow these instructions
to enroll in this class:
1. Click the enroll in a class
tab on your homepage.
2. On the next screen, enter
the class ID 1428394 and enrollment password 3058
3. Click submit to enroll in
the class and add it to your homepage.
If you experience difficulty
enrolling, please inform the instructor so he can help you set up your
Those papers submitted late
will be assessed a late penalty of 5 percent per day (the weekend merely
counts as 5 percent). Only papers submitted electronically to
Turnitin shall be graded. Your
paper assignment will not be deemed complete (nor dated) until you have
submitted your paper to Turnitin
and also handed in a hard copy of it to the instructor or grader. You have
until midnight of the due date to upload your electronic copy to
Turnitin and still be considered on
February 13, 2006