I've read more of the papers. They are pretty bad. But some are good. I decided to do a semester review in class today, because it was pretty clear that a lot of people are completely lost. Although, I would always suggest that you actually READ the people you write about in a paper. Since I'm grading papers, I've been swapping horror stories with other TAs. Here are a few lessons of history that I bet you never knew.
Because we are white, we feel a whitman's burden towards the former colonized people. (reading Whitman is indeed a burden)
Russians have a pheasants problem. (probably not, the peasants probably ate them all).
Otto von Bismarck was the creator of the Otto von. (say it outloud).
Artisans in the Middle Ages were organized in guilts (apparently by their mothers).
And my absolute favorite:
Women are oppressed because we have volvos. (where can I pick mine up?).
There are a lot more, but if you're not a Russian history buff, you probably wouldn't find any of them funny.
If you find out where to pick up those volvos, let me know.