I really like the following essays. I handout a number of questions before each exam, but students do not know which one they will get. I must say I love these two:
Machiavelli suggested that a ruler should behave both “like a lion” and “like a fox.” Analyze the policies of TWO of the following European rulers, indicating the degree to which they successfully followed Machiavelli’s suggestion.
Elizabeth I of England
Henry IV of France
Catherine the Great of Russia
Frederick II of Prussia
United States History
Discuss the changing ideals of American womanhood between the American Revolution (1770s) and the outbreak of the Civil War. What factors fostered the emergence of “republican motherhood” and the “cult of domesticity.”? Assess the extent to which theses ideals influenced the lives of women during the period. In your response consider race and class.