The Realities of the American Revolution

The Question

Write an 800-1000 word essay on the following question:

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To what extent does Johnny Tremain reflect the realities of the American Revolution?  Responses to this question should be rooted in the assigned film and readings.


Formatting and Submission Guidelines

  • 800-1000 words
  • double spaced
  • 12 pt font
  • 1 inch margins
  • Chicago Style footnotes (see below for info/examples)
  • word count at bottom of last page

Do not include a cover sheet—simply put the following information in the top left- hand corner of the first page, single-spaced:



Hist 2020

Midterm Essay Assignment


Writing and Citation Guidelines

Specific instructions on how to write a successful paper in this class can be found in the “Essay Guidelines” handout.  Please read this document carefully before you start the paper assignment.


Successful essays will use significant material from the course readings in responding to the question. Be sure to cite all evidence taken from a source—whether it is a quotation, a summary of an author’s point, or even a simple fact.  I require Chicago Style FOOTNOTES. They are not difficult. It is the same concept as parenthetical references, just at the bottom of the page. All word processing programs have a footnote function. In MSWord, for example, it is usually under References>Insert Footnote. In the footnote, you place the author’s name, the work cited, the publication information, and the page number where the information can be found. An example is below:


1 James L Roark; et al. The American Promise (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012), 256.


If you use that same source again, you insert a footnote and just use the author’s last name and the page number:

2 Roark, 274.


There are several good guides out there for Chicago Style:



Yawp, Chapter 5, “Revolution” and Chapter 6, “A New Nation”