Age of Enlightenment and Course Materials Essay

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Candide worksheet Name: Huy Dang Khac
The purpose of this assignment is to help you develop the critical thinking skills necessary to write a basic, college-level analytical essay. You may type directly into this file and then upload when finished. Remember that you need to connect what you read in the book to what you are learning from other course materials to complete you answers.
Step I: Basic, factual analysis of a reading
1. List three examples of events/methods from Voltaire’s Candide which you believe best illustrate the issues related to the Scientific Revolution and to the Enlightenment.
a. The reaction of the Portuguese Inquisitor about the earthquake. b. The lifestyle of people in El Dorado.
c. The despair of
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Believing in such event is over generalizing the thought of people in the society.
3. List two reasons why students should use a period piece of literature. a. It gives the idea, thought of people who are living in the society at that time. It’s more relevant than assuming the life condition base on dry facts. b. It’s useful when students want to do a compare and contrast to the theory they are studying. It gives students various perspectives to view an issue.

4. Now give an example from Voltaire’s book for each of the reasons raised above. a. The tsunami, earthquake in Lisbon and the reaction of the Inquisitor. b. Life of labor in the society during the whole stories.
PART III: Sketching out an Essay
In this section of the worksheet, you will see how all the course materials start to come together. If you were writing an essay, you would want to draw your conclusions and make your inferences using a wide variety of examples to make your points and provide supporting evidence (which would likely lead to an “A” paper). Keep this in mind as you answer the rest of the questions here.
Now, suppose I were to assign the following essay topic (DO NOT WRITE AN ESSAY):
In the period between the middle of the seventeenth century and the French Revolution Europe underwent a period of transformation in terms of scientific and social thought with had far-reaching

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