HUM 112 Week 4 Assignment 1 Essay - Descartes Discourse on the Method (Part IV)

Choose one (1) of the three reading selections
from the list of topic choices below. Read the selection in the textbook. Write
a three to four (3-4) paragraph essay (250 words) which analyzes the
"surprise ending" of the reading selection.

Topic Choices:

Reading selection from
Descartes’ Discourse on the Method (Part IV). Descartes begins with the
problem of being able to prove his own existence but ends up with an argument
proving the existence of God.  Read more about the Discourse on the Method
located at


Reading selection from
Swift’s A Modest Proposal. Swift begins with offering the solution that
the English could do things which might solve the problem of over-population
and the mistreatment of citizens in Ireland and ends by offering the solution
that an internal change in the Irish government would best solve the problem of
over-population and a populace victimized by its own government.  Read
more about A Modest Proposal located at


Two reading selections
from Voltaire’s Candide. The story begins by acknowledging the
foolishness of the superstitious traditions held by the people in the city of
Lisbon but ends by confirming Voltaire’s belief that religion in general is
equally based in false superstitions.


For the reading selection you choose:

Clearly state in your
own words the “surprise ending” in the reading you selected. Identify the point
in the reading when you realized that the ending would be different from what
the beginning of the reading suggested that it would be.


Since you were
expecting a different ending, evaluate how successful the author was in
convincing you to accept the validity of the “surprise ending” that was not
clearly suggested at the beginning.

Your assignment must:

Be typed, double
spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all
sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format. Check with your
professor for any additional instructions.


Include a cover page
containing the tile of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s
name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are
not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes
associated with this assignment are:

Explain how key
social, cultural, and artistic contributions contribute to historical changes.


Explain the importance
of situating a society’s cultural and artistic expressions within a historical


Examine the influences
of intellectual, religious, political, and socio-economic forces on social,
cultural, and artistic expressions.


Identify major
historical developments in world cultures from the Renaissance to the
contemporary period.


Use technology and
information resources to research issues in the study of world cultures.


Write clearly and
concisely about world cultures using proper writing mechanics.

Click here to view the grading rubric.

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