“At length I recollected the thoughtless saying of a great princess, who, on being informed that the country people had no bread, replied, ‘Then let them eat cake.’ ”—Jean Jacques Rousseau, Confessions, book 6, as cited by The Home Book of Quotations, ed. Burton Stevenson, 9th ed., p. 1571, which adds this note: “Usually attributed to Marie Antoinette, after her arrival in France in 1770, but the sixth book of the Confessions was written two or three years before that date.” Rousseau wrote the first six books of his Confessions in 1766–1767, though the work was not published until 1782–1789. Marie Antoinette lived 1755–1793. Quote found using Credo Reference database.
EXPOSITORY WRITING ASSIGNMENT
Rousseau says man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. Does he seem to be referring literally to slaves in chains or more figuratively to people in general? Write a two to three page expository paper on what Rousseau means by this statement. Give examples to support your position. You are to use at least one outside source in addition to the Dialogue text.
Find one information source you would consider using as your outside source for the Expository Writing assignment on your interpretation of Rousseau’s statement, “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” Please post the following information on our class Discussion Board (Blackboard):
1. The title of your information source.
2. Where you found it (If found online put URL of the website or the name of the database).
3. Why you think this source might be helpful to you?
4. How do you know this source is appropriate for college level research?
Information Literacy Learning Outcomes
1. Know the types of information sources that are available in the library.
2. Identify the value and differences of potential information sources in a variety of formats (e.g., multimedia, database, website, data set, audio/visual, books).
3. Recognize that the library staff is available to assist students with their research.
4. Investigate the scope, content, and organization of information sources.