Your essay should be double spaced and 1100 words in length.

First paragraph: introduction with thesis statement.
Last paragraph: conclusion summarizing key points and restating the thesis statement.
Middle paragraphs (three or more): should each contain a topic sentence with relevant facts to support your informed opinion.
Essay must be created as a Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text (.rtf) file.
Compose a written response of 1100 words that fully answers the question(s) asked. This essay should represent your personal reaction and opinions related to the material (philosophy, art, literature, religion) covered in the course. If you include quoted or paraphrased information in your response, you must properly cite and reference the original source(s) using MLA Style.

The essay will be graded according to the Essay Grading Form (below). You should evaluate your essay against the grading criteria contained in the Essay Grading Form before submitting your completed essay.

Explain Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. In what ways does Darwin’s theory of natural selection challenge traditional views? Given that Darwin’s views have long been accepted by the mainstream scientific/academic community, how do you explain the continued resistance to these theories by contemporary special interest groups? In what ways does this resistance demonstrate a “crisis” of modernity? Can you think of any similar moments in Western history?

“The key to romanticism is feeling intense experience.” Discuss in relation to any aspects of the art and music of the nineteenth century. Include your analysis of at least three works of nineteenth century art and/or music in your response.

What aspects of Realism ran counter to the perceptions and beliefs of the Romantics? How did the Realist credo manifest itself in the paintings of von Menzel, Kollwitz, and Courbet, and the novels of Dickens and Flaubert?

In what ways might Mallarmé, Debussy, Monet, and Cézanne be called “the last of the Romantics”? Describe and explain citing specific examples.

The American painter Robert Motherwell wrote: “The function of abstraction is to get rid of a lot of reality. You start with as much richness as you want, and subtract, and then you arrive at the residue of essences that you’re interested in.” How might you apply these words to the art of Picasso, Matisse, Brancusi, and Mondrian? Give each artist equal treatment in your response.

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