HIS 111
Quiché Paragraph Assignment



As I note in the material about the Popol Vuh itself, you are not actually reading it for this assignment, but I encourage you to take the opportunity to read it sometime, especially the creation myth that begins the book.  There is a great animated version of the creation myth available on YouTube--thanks to Mary Pollington for finding that.  I also wanted to add something here about the very process of "translation," but I think that I'll do that under the assignment background notes.  Credit "First page of the Rabinal Manuscript of the Popol Vuh, kept in the Newberry Library, Chicago, the Ayer Collection."

Popol Vuh
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Read the material about the Popol Vuh (along with the study questions) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from material about the Popol Vuh,
how difficult has it been to preserve a copy of the Popol Vuh over the centuries?

Your paragraph must follow this format:

  • begin with a concise topic sentence (sentence 1) that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and that identifies your analysis/thesis points.
  • font size 10 or 12 only
  • one-inch margins
  • double-spaced
  • direct, quoted material to support your points
  • name, and only your name, at the top left of the paper
  • about one-half page in length (not to exceed 3/4 page)
  • You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for the grade. At times, you may be asked to rewrite your work. This is done for your own benefit and will result in an improved grade.

Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course. Please check this short explanation of what it means to cite historical evidence.

Your assignment should be submitted on Canvas.



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