Geo 100 Essay

To demonstrate your comprehensive knowledge of geography, you will write a response to the following essay question concerning “world rankings” of nations or political states:


Since World War II, the United States has often been placed No. 1 in world rankings of various kinds. With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States was often referred to as the sole remaining superpower. As the twenty-first century proceeds, however, the position of the United States at the top of the rankings is being questioned.

What considerations, measures, and weightings do you think should be used in devising such rankings? Use your method to devise a ranking of the top three political states in a century of your choice before the twentieth, and suggest a likely ranking by the end of the twenty-first century.


Instructions for preparing your paper:


(1) The first paragraph should be an introduction with a thesis statement that directly answers the question.


(2) The middle paragraphs should make up the body. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence and at least five detail sentences. Include interesting and informative supporting facts and examples in your own words to demonstrate a full understanding of the topic and support your thesis. Include documented personal experience from a primary source.


(3) The final paragraph should summarize your research and applications as they relate to your thesis in your conclusion.


Your paper (essay) must:


  • Use MLA (Modern Language Association) in 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, double-spaced
  • Include parenthetical in-text citations
  • At least one of your sources must be a primary source
  • Be formal in tone. Do not use personal pronouns or contractions (3rd person)
  • Include your name at the top page of your document

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