Paper Assignments

HST 346

SP 15

Dr. Janet R. Bednarek


All papers for this class must be your own original work.  These are individual assignments, not group assignments.  No form of plagiarism will be acceptable.  If you are unfamiliar with what constitutes plagiarism, please consult


You may use either the Chicago or MLA style of citation.


Please note the following suggestions for writing your assignments.


1.      Writing is hard work done to make reading easy, enjoyable and understandable.  Put yourself in the position of the reader – would someone not familiar with your source material understand what you are communicating?  Don’t write for yourself, write for the reader.


2.      Procrastination is the enemy of a good paper.  Get it done early.  Leave plenty of time to rewrite and edit.  Don’t expect to hand in a good paper until you work it over several times.  The last-minute practice of type, save, send (or print) generally does not produce a high quality essay.


3.      As part of the rewrite and edit process, try reading the paper aloud to yourself or better yet to someone else.  Reading aloud will help you smooth out the flow of sentences and remove errors of syntax (sentence organization).  If you find it hard or confusing to read aloud, it is probably not “reading” very clearly either.


4.      The sequence of any essay is important.  Essays should start with a clear thesis paragraph that outlines the major points you will make in the essay.  The paragraphs that follow must support the thesis and lead progressively to a conclusion.  The conclusion should restate the thesis.  (See handout on Thesis Paragraph)


5.      Use a reasonable font size.  This was typed using Times New Roman 12 point.  That is pretty standard these days.  The font size you use should be approximately this size.  What I don’t want to see is something like Times New Roman 14 point or Courier New 12 point or larger. 


All papers must be submitted to TURNITIN (see handout) and a hard-copy brought to class.

Below are the prompts for the six papers due during the semester.  Each paper will be worth 30 points.


Paper One:  due Wednesday, January 28


Based on Douhet, Command of the Air, pp.34-68:  Write a 2-3 page essay in which you discuss, according to Douhet, the types of plane or planes air forces would use, the types of weapons air forces would employ and the types of targets air forces would hit in a future war. [Re-write due Wednesday, February 4]


Paper Two:  due Monday, February 9


Based on Corn, pp. 71-90; 113-133:  Write a 2-3 page essay in which you discuss the connections between the winged gospel and the activities of both women and children in aviation – what types of activities were they involved in and how was their participation in these activities supposed to forward the goals of the winged gospel?  Provide three examples to support your essay, including at least one example of the activities of women and one of children.


Paper Three:  due Monday, February 23


Based on Mitchell, Winged Defense, pp. 97-119 and DeSeversky, pp. 254-291:  Drawing on both Mitchell and De Severseky, write a 2-3 page essay in which you discus three arguments they presented as to why the United States needed to develop independent airpower.


Paper Four:  Due Wednesday, March 18


Based on Clodfelter, pp. 39-115, 147-210:  Write a 2-3 page essay in which you explain two or three important factors (for example, type of positive or negative objectives, nature of warfare, types of weapons available) that made the application of airpower under Nixon effective in achieving his goals.


Paper Five:  due Monday, March 30


Based on Courtwright, pp. 132-171:  Write a 2-3 page essay in which you discuss two ways the airlines specifically addressed the issue of fear in order to encourage more people to fly.  Was addressing fear enough or did the airlines also have to address fare issues?


Paper Six:  due Wednesday, April 8


Based on Mullin, pp. 57-78 and Bromberg, pp. 16-44:  Write a 2-3 page essay in which you discuss two or three examples of how and why aviation companies (and provide specific examples of specific companies) became involved in space technology (rockets, missiles, satellites) and, thus, became aerospace companies.  NOTE:  You must cite material from both Mullin and Bromberg.