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Questions to Address for this Essay
Using the essay instructions included below and the allowed sources, this essay should address all of the following interrelated questions:
What were the main reasons Europeans sought new trade routes to Asia, particularly to China and India?
Give reasons for your answers. In addition, what positive features did Marco Polo describe about Yuan (Mongol) China?
While Europeans were interested in Yuan (Mongol) and Ming China, why on the other hand did China pull back from exploration under the Ming dynasty?
From his letter, where did Columbus believe that his voyage of exploration had arrived?
In what ways did Marco Polo’s account of China appear to influence what Christopher Columbus expected to find during his voyage of exploration?
How did Christopher Columbus describe the New World and the Native peoples he encountered?
How did Columbus’ description of the New World ultimately differ from Marco Polo’s description of China?
Essays should be generally free of spelling, grammatical, and stylistic errors. They should use complete sentences and paragraphs. A paragraph is comprised of 4-6 sentences. Essays should have an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement that provides the essay’s argument, the main body of several supporting paragraphs that address the questions, and a conclusion that wraps up the essay and refers again to the thesis statement. Essays should be indented at the beginning of each paragraph.
Essays should be typed in 12-point font with a simple, clean font such as Times New Roman. Use 1” inch margins on all sides and double-space the text.
Excluding citations, essays should be a minimum of 1,000 words. or four pages in length. Essays should run no more than a maximum of 1,250 words, or five pages in length.
Essays should provide specific examples and use evidence in answering the questions. This includes citing sources, either with direct quotes or summarized information. As a general rule of thumb, essays should have at least one citation per paragraph. Essays should avoid lengthy or block quotations.