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Guidelines for Band of Brothers Review
Consider one of the following questions in a five page essay:
1) Why is does this book carry this particular title? How did the men of Easy Company come to consider themselves a “band of brothers”? What happens during training and during combat to bind them closer together? What issues and events resulted in tension or splits within this brotherhood? How did those who had trained together and climbed the mountain at Currahee treat the replacements? How was this ideal of brotherhood tested at Bastogne? How was it maintained after the war was over and the men returned to postwar life?
2) Evaluate the role of leadership in the success of Easy Company. What did Ambrose consider to be essential qualities of leadership? What was the difference in leadership style between Captain Sobel and Lieutenant Winters? How were the officers expected to behave towards the enlisted men? Who did the men consider successful leaders? What role did leadership play in Easy Company’s experiences during D-Day and during Bastogne?
3) Discuss some of the different ways the men of Easy Company dealt with the stress of combat. What characteristics seemed to define an effective soldier? What motivated these men to continue to fight despite the horrific conditions all around them? How did Bastogne threaten the cohesiveness of their unit? Which men and officers were viewed as effective in combat and why? Why did some of these men have a rough adjustment back to civilian life?
Your essay must be at least five full pages (cover page and works cite page are not included).The essay should be typed, double-spaced with one-inch margins. Any clear 12-point font is acceptable. Include a cover page with your name, date and class information. If you pursue further research then a bibliography must be included in the essay
All information and opinion, which does not come out of your own head, must be cited in the body of the essay. To do otherwise is plagiarism, which is rewarded with a zero. Use the standard MLA format for citations i.e. (Ambrose 34)
The essay should be formatted in MS Word or its equivalent and submitted to this dropbox in BB. Please do not email it to me.
This dropbox is also a plagiarism review. If after reivew, there are any citation issues then you should revise your review and email it to me. Your review should be scored under 20% in SafeAssign. If it is higher than that then you should revise.
As with any formal essay, spelling, grammar, and sentence construction should be carefully checked before the paper is turned in. Spell checkers are a marvelous modern convenience but they don’t always catch words that are spelled correctly, but used incorrectly. So proofread.