Religion 100 Christianity and Colonialism Assignment Write a one-page, single-spaced, analytical response to the film. This short, but still
formal, paper assignment gives you an opportunity for close interpretation and brief
analysis. Be sure to make a clear and persuasive argument and support it using evidence
from the film. You may use the first person. I encourage you to use the present tense to
describe the plot: ie., “The Mission presents a priest in crisis.” (This is not a great
sentence, but means to serve as an example.) Past tense works for the first person: “I
thought that The Mission, which presents a priest in crisis, poignantly portrayed the
tensions inherent to Christianity and colonialism.”
Points to include (not necessarily in this order):
1.) Summarize the film briefly. Religion 100 Christianity and Colonialism Assignment
–What is its basic plot summary?
–What strategies does the filmmaker take, and are they effective?
–What is the film’s tone?
2.) What does the film tell us about Christianity and colonialism? What about this
topic does it highlight? (You will have to make some decisions here about how to
focus your paper considerably.)
3.) Is the film moving/convincing? What is its “moral lesson” or take-away?
As I read and evaluate your papers, I will be looking for the following features:
A clear focus and interpretive suggestion: Do you have a thesis? Is your paper
organized around and focused on one category or claim encountered in the
readings? Do you have a clear suggestion that serves as the guiding interpretive
claim of your paper?
Precise and insightful interpretation: As you attempt to explicate (offer a
detailed explanation/analysis) of the film, do you draw insightfully on details and
evidence? Religion 100 Christianity and Colonialism Assignment
Thoughtful analysis and reflection: In addition to explicating these claims, do
you offer reflections on or assessments of its adequacy or implications?
Evidence to support your argument: Do you give sufficient citations
(quotes—paraphrase is fine—and references) to support your argument?
Clean and clear writing: Is your writing clear (in terms of both expression and
organization) and is your paper free of grammatical and other errors? Religion 100 Christianity and Colonialism Assignment
Single-spaced, 12-point font, with one- or 1.25-inch margins. Include your name, date,
and course, single-spaced, in the top left corner of the front page. Include a title. Include
“Works Cited” (see below). Religion 100 Christianity and Colonialism Assignment
For grammar and formatting issues, follow the Chicago Manual of Style Online. This
manual can be found online through the Gould Library site under “Databases”: