The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey (Due date: 11/16/12, beginning of class)
As per WSU’s UCORE requirements, writing assignments must include an 8-10 page research assignment. You will write one book report/term paper on Salman Rushdie’s “Jaguar Smile.”
It must be 8 full pages minimum, double-spaced, 12-Times Roman and 1-inch margins (with a separate title page).
Your report also MUST have a separate page for sources and a separate title page that includes your name, class section and student number.
The paper must be double-spaced, 12-Times Roman, standard indentations, 1-inch margins as well as normal character spacing. A book report should consist of two sections:
1. The first is a brief summary (no more than two pages) of the central political themes of the book. In here you must explain what the book is about, what major political events does it cover…I AM NOT LOOKING FOR A REVIEW of the book as I’ve read it before. Remember who your audience is (a political science professor), focus on political behavior.
2. The second, and most important section of the report, is a discussion of the principal patterns of political behavior, their consequences to Global Politics and your political analysis of the central political events described in the book. So in this section I am looking for three things:
a) What patterns of political behavior do you see in the story? Who are the major players? What do they do and why do they do what they do?
b) Discuss the consequences of said behavior. How did the actions of a hegemon affect people at all three levels of analysis?
c) Give me your educated, sophisticated opinion as a political scientist of why events happened as they did in the story. Do you think the political events described had any effects on Global Politics? Use one of the major political theories as your foundation for this discussion.
Below are hints on how to get a good grade in this project:
• Speak like a political scientist in this paper.
• Show me that you understand your assigned task.
• Proofread your report. Serious errors in grammar and diction (the type that would make it difficult to understand your ideas) will cost you points.
• Remember that I lived through these events; be certain that you are historically accurate – research the history of the Contra War from serious sources.
• Use terms and concepts from our class lectures and reading.
o For example, instead of saying, “I think the people of the United States are proud of their country,” you should say, “As observed from the overwhelming response to the perceived threat of the 9/11 attacks, one can make the argument that Americans are very nationalistic.”