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Research quest: Influential people in their historical context

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  1. Your task for week 1: Your draft
    Who should you choose?
  2. How to write your draft
  3. Your task for week 2 and 3: Asking the right questions
    Asking questions about history
  4. Research in categories
  5. Your task for week 4: Paraphrasing and restating a message
    How to paraphrase
  6. How to paraphrase - your research
  7. Your task for week 5: Plagiarism and Quoting
    Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
  8. An explanation on plagiarism
  9. How to quote
  10. How to quote - your research

In our previous step you’ve heard all about the five categories Change Over Time, Causality, Context, Complexity and Contingency. (Read this step again if you didn’t quite understand what they mean.)

Now it’s up to you to organize your research in these categories.


Take each of our research question from the previous step, and let them guide you.

For each of the five following questions, do some research:

  • What kind of change has your person brought to the world?
  • Which historical processes, events, persons… have influenced your person?
  • What were the surrounding conditions of your person?
  • Which other perspectives on your person’s achievements exist? How do other people judge these achievements?
  • What if your character had made other choices? And what does it tell us about the importance of these individual choices?

Write a short abstract of at least 60 words (like a short summary) of your research and cite where you found this information.


Do not simply copy a text from another website. Make sure you reflect on this question in a meaningful way and really answer this question. Later on, we will continue with these findings.

Also, don’t type your answer straight into the form. Write it first on your computer or another device, and then copy and paste it into the actual form.

Speaking Card Sets

B1 Level (GER: Form 10)