Summary/Analysis Instructions for Watership Down


Western Civilizations up to 1600, Fall 2010


Quiz Must be taken by:  10/20, Paper due:  10/27


This paper should include your responses to the book Watership Down.  The paper should include a summary and analysis of the readings and should answer all of the Questions for Consideration.  Feel free to comment on other information you think is interesting or important that is included in the book.  Your own words are almost always more effective, but you can use quotations from the book (but try to stay away from them).  Direct quotes must have quotation marks and the page number on which they appear should also be included (see instructions on the back of this page). Your papers can also comment on material related to information presented in lecture (by the way, this is one way to show analysis).  These papers must be typed, double-spaced, and well written (correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.).  There is no page requirement, but I will guess that it will probably take at least 1,000 words, or four pages to answer the questions with enough supporting detail.  Make sure to include a title page and follow the other technical details (five points) and staple the pages together. Do not buy a cover for the paper.


The easiest way to write this paper is to answer each question in its own paragraph or series of paragraphs.  That is perfectly fine.  If you would rather write an essay that incorporates some of the answers to the Questions for Consideration, that is fine.  The layout/organization of this paper is entirely up to you.


The quiz over the book will be the first 15 minutes of class on the date of the discussion.  The quiz will be open note, but not open book.  Students may use any hand written (not photocopied or typed) notes they have written to help with this quiz, but may not share notes written by others.



Questions for Consideration


1.     Describe the following characters:  Fiver, Bigwig, Blackberry, Holly, and Kehaar.   Who are they?  What role did they play in the story?  In what ways can the attributes of these characters be compared to information presented thus far in lecture?

2.     Describe life for rabbits at Cowslip’s warren and their interaction with Hazel’s group.  How might some connections be made between life for these rabbits and information from lecture?

3.     Choose two stories involving El-ahrairah and describe them.  What is his significance to the rabbits?  What roles/qualities does he have that the rabbits admire?   What similarities/differences to mythical/religious figures covered thus far in lecture can you find?

4.     Compare and contrast the leadership qualities and effectiveness of Hazel and General Woundwort.  In what ways did they successfully convince other rabbits to follow them?  Of the two, which do you believe to be the most effective leader?  Explain.

5.     Describe, in detail, life for rabbits living in Efrafa.  For example, what was life like for female rabbits and rabbits who tried to escape?  How did life compare for those in Efrafa’s Owsla and those who were not?  What societies covered thus far in lecture seem to be most and least similar to life for rabbits in Efrafa.  Explain.

6.     What are the strengths and weaknesses of this book as a source for analyzing the early history of Western Civilizations?  (hint:  What was the author’s background?  Was the book easy/hard to follow?  How was it organized?  Was it informative?  Are there any maps/charts or other segments included which help to understand the story?  Is a book about rabbits a useful tool for studying the history of Western Civilizations?  Why/why not?)



Citation Format Style


1.     Italicize the titles of books or ships.


2.     Spell out all numbers between zero and nine.


3.     Watch verb-tense; usually past tense is best to use while writing, but the paper may be written using either past or present tense.  Just make sure to be consistent.


4.     Try to avoid over-use of quotations, but any quotation longer than four lines should be indented five spaces and single-spaced (rather than double-spaced).   If/when this is done there is no need for quotation marks.


5.     A source MUST be cited and/or included in the bibliography when a:


a)     Direct quote is taken from a source.

b)    Series of sentences or a paragraph are paraphrased.  For example, if some words are changed around there must be an in-text citation and an item must be included in the bibliography.

c)     Source is consulted (even if nothing is quoted or paraphrased) it must be included in the bibliography


6.     When providing a citation within the body of the paper the in-text citation style is used.  Citation examples are below:


a)     Example of how a direct quote or paraphrase taken from the book you are assigned to read should be cited (only the page number is needed): 


“The Geneva Accords of 1954 reflected these influences” (41).


b)    Example of how to cite a direct quote taken from a website (for a website only the author is needed): 


“On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South” (White House).


7.     If a source other than the book that is assigned is used, a bibliography is required.  The bibliography page should be the last page of the paper and entries should be organized in alphabetical order according to author (not numbered).  Entries should also be single-spaced within the entry and double-spaced between each entry.  


a)     For websites, include the author (if one is listed), the title, the complete URL address of your website and the date it was accessed.


White House. “Abraham Lincoln.”

     Accessed 20, May 2010.