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The Era of Absolutism and the Age of Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution


You have been invited to a Christmas Party/Enlightenment Salon at UA. You will have the pleasure of taking tea (and cookies) with influential individuals who shaped European thought and politics throughout the Era of Absolutism and the Enlightenment.

This assignment has two parts: an essay and participation in a seminar.  Both count as separate test grades. (20 pts. each)

The Paper: Your job is to assess your individual’s impact on history.  You will formulate a thesis concerning this individual’s mark on history and defend your thesis in a 5 paragraph essay.  Your individual is significant to this era because…

           Basic Requirements:

  • Thesis
  • Support for your thesis with concrete evidence
  • Works Cited Page in Chicago Format with at least 5 GOOD sources 
  • For detailed requirements see the rubric.

Tea-time Guidelines:

Participation in the Seminar counts as a separate test grade.  Your grade is determined by your ability to engage in the discussion as your assigned individual.

Did your individual have some things to say about ….

  • Politics, Government, Rule?
  • Gender Relations and Rights?
  • Religion and God?
  • Science?
  • All of the above?

Search Terms/Resource Types

John Locke Thomas Hobbes Jean-Jacques Rousseau Baruch Spinoza
Rene Descartes Denis Diderot Frederick the Great Catherine the Great
Voltaire Peter the Great Cesare Beccaria Mary Wollstonecraft
Louis XIV Adam Smith Baron de Montesquieu David Hume
Olympe de Gouges Francis Bacon Galileo Mary Astell
Age of Reason Enlightenment    

Compile a list of search terms to begin your research. These should include the name of the individual that you are researching or the particular discovery, idea, theory, development, or invention with which they are associated. 



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