Essay Topic 1
Brave Companions is a volume of 17 previously published articles and addresses about diverse people and events selected by historian David McCullough. Why did McCullough decide to write these stories? Why did he choose these people and places? What overall message does McCullough want readers to understand?
Essay Topic 2
Describe the life and career of Alexander von Humboldt. What was his background? What were his personal and professional motivations? For what is he best remembered today?
Essay Topic 3
Describe the life and career of Louis Agassiz. What was his background? What were his personal and professional motivations? For what is he best remembered?
Essay Topic 4
Explain the impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe's most acclaimed work, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN. What was the impetus for the writing of the piece? What were the reactions to the book? Did the book directly or indirectly affect the Civil War?
Essay Topic 5
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