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Western Civilization 1112-Russell-Spring 2014: Assignment

"Meeting of the Minds" Paper

Imagine a place where world history personalities would meet, share their life stories, and justify their actions for which they are remembered.

You are to create a scenario where these significant people would participate in a relevant conversation. Consequently, each person should:

Choose one of the following groups of individuals (see box to the right).

Prepare a written dialogue in which these people introduce themselves, discuss their lives, and justify their accomplishments.

Further considerations:

  • Your dialogue must be at least FIVE PAGES in length and include the conversation of the various group members.

  • Each person must introduce themselves properly . . . giving their OFFICIAL TITLES, DUTIES, COUNTRIES OR REGIONS WHICH THEY ARE ASSOCIATED, ETC.

  • Each person should discuss at least THREE MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Each person should be prepared to ARGUE, DEFEND, OR JUSTIFY their accomplishments

NOTE: During the conversation, each person may express regret for certain questionable actions. But these must be IN THE CHARACTER of the PERSON.

Final Requirements:

  • Each "Meeting of the Minds" Report MUST BE TYPED and include a REFERENCE PAGE.

  • EACH Report must have at least FIVE DIFFERENT SOURCES (YOUR TEXTBOOK CAN COUNT AS ONE OF THE SOURCES).

  • NO LATE REPORTS WILL BE ACCEPTED

Historical Groups


Abraham Lincoln
Vladimir Lenin
Mahatma Gandhi

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Sun Yat-sen
Simon Bolivar

Napoleon Bonaparte
Oliver Cromwell
Richard Nixon

Queen Victoria
Giuseppe Garibaldi
Hirohito

Maria Theresa
Woodrow Wilson
Mao Zedong

Louis XIV
Ho Chi Minh
Otto von Bismarck

Golda Meir
Klemens von Metternich
Winston Churchill

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Baron de Montesquieu
Karl Marx

Marie Antoinette
Martha Washington,
Alexandra Romanov

Catherine the Great
Eva Peron
Emmeline Pankhurst

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