Please write a mature, analytical, nine-page paper on one of the following questions. Your paper should include primary and secondary sources. To remind you, a primary source is material from the period itself – an eye-witness account, a newspaper article, a diary entry, an official government report, that sort of thing. Secondary sources are written by historians – a book, a scholarly article, a biography, a specialist monograph, and so on. A good paper will have a nice balance of these sources. It is important that your paper have a thesis. In other words, you are expected to make an argument and to support it with evidence. The important thing is not that the argument be right or wrong (because history is rarely a matter of black or white) but that you have an argument and that you sustain it. There are many ways of finding primary sources, some of which I have included on the syllabus. In addition to consulting the MacManus Collection in the library (make an appointment with Alan Delozier (email@example.com) to do so, you will also find lots of primary sources online. A site curated by University College, Cork is excellent ( but there are many others. The Dictionary of Irish Biography, an excellent resource, has recently gone online. You may find valuable material in it. ( In addition to your nine pages of text, I want you also to include another page indicating (1) which of your primary sources was most important to the writing of your paper and (2) why. I also want you to include a bibliography. The paper should be formatted in the Chicago manual of style. 1) Is it too simple to say that Ulster Protestant hostility to Home Rule after 1886 was largely sectarian anti-Catholicism? 2) Could “Constructive Unionism” have worked? 3) Looking at three of its leading figures, how would you characterize the so-called “Gaelic revival” that occurred in Ireland in the last quarter of the nineteenth century? What exactly did it hope to achieve and how close did it come to achieving it? 4) “Irish Republicanism at the beginning of twentieth century owes its extremism to Irish America.” Discuss. 5) Was the 1916 Easter Rebellion justified? 6) Why did nothing that Britain did in Ireland between 1916 and 1921 ever seem to work? 7) Should Northern Ireland have been strangled at birth? 8) Why did Ireland seem such a Catholic country in the middle decades of the twentieth century?