After completing the document analyzer in Part One, prepare a short essay (minimum 400 words) in which you take a position and respond to the question: Were the Middle Ages in Europe characterized more by hope or despair?
Your essay should have a clear introduction with a strong thesis statement. Body paragraphs must begin with a topic sentence that establishes the focus of that paragraph as it relates to the overall thesis of the essay.
You should visit with your teacher about your thesis idea and even submit drafts of the essay for comments before submitting your final essay here for grading.
Within the essay you should have a clear thesis statement in the introductory paragraph and should include support from your research in the body paragraphs. All information used from research must be documented using appropriate MLA parenthetical reference to the sources listed on the Works Cited page.
Failure to document sources or include a Works Cited page will result in you having to re-do the assignment.