Essay Assignment 4

Essay Module 4


Please choose ONLY one (1) of the following essay questions to answer. Essay must consist of at least 700

words (this equals two double-spaced pages in Times New Roman font 12), must be in complete

sentences and where necessary, appropriate information must be properly documented in MLA


This essay, worth forty (40) points, must be submitted to the Assignment Box no later than

Sunday 11:59 EST/EDT in Module 4. (This Assignment Box maybe linked to Turnitin.)

Turnitin is a plagiarism identification service that can also assist students with term paper

reference methodology. The Turnitin tool compares your writing against all published sources

and also checks against previous classes’ written work(s). Source match cannot be more than


Essay Question Options:

1. Why did the Nazis insist that modern art and Expressionism was degenerate and poorly

executed? Describe the power of their repression and censorship. How does one

recognize propaganda? Is it possible to use propagandist techniques to influence

perception within a free speech environment? Is propaganda necessarily negative? Why

or why not?

2. How does government sponsorship influence the arts and creativity? In what ways were

the WPA-funded photography projects of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans different

from the Nazi-approved documentaries of Leni Riefenstahl? In what ways were the

WPA-funded projects propaganda?

3. Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. Using

the images and plans of the Bauhaus and German Pavilion, discuss the importance of

Wright for Gropius and Mies. What do their buildings share with the Robie House? How

do they depart from Wright’s example? Consider the way space is defined, the overall

appearance of the buildings, the types of materials used, the relationship between the

interior and the exterior, and the way the visitor encounters each of the structures.