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Please answer two of the following four reading explorations (12-point type, double-spaced). Be sure to support your answers from the readings. Your answers are due via Blackboard on Monday, September 19: 1. Read the excerpt from La Rochefoucauld’s Maxims (please see the attached copy). Answer the following question: What is the overall statement that La Rochefoucauld is making concerning human nature? Be sure to support your answer from the reading. 2. Read the Twenty-third Psalm from both the Douay Bible and the King James Bible (please see the attached copy). Answer the following question: What aspects of the King James version of the Twenty-third Psalm make this translation memorable? 3. Read the excerpt from Bacon’s Novum Organum (please see the attached copy). In your own words, summarize each of Bacon’s “idols.” 4. Read the excerpt from Descartes’ Discourse on Method (Part IV) (please see the attached copy). Answer the following question: How does Descartes at first doubt everything and then ultimately arrive at the existence of God? A minimum of one full paragraph per question is required. Assignment purpose: This assignment will introduce you to important primary written sources in history, and in the process you will attain a more in-depth understanding of the cultures and historical periods under consideration for the week. You will also demonstrate your own comprehension of the readings by answering select questions given in the assignment instructions. This assignment will be accomplished by reading the assigned readings in the course textbook. (course objectives 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.8, 4.1, 4.4) Grading: Two reading explorations and their questions must be addressed according to the instructions. Addressing only one reading reflection will result in an automatic 20-point deduction. All the questions in the chosen reading explorations must be answered. An automatic 15-point deduction per skipped question applies. The answers must meet the requirement of one full paragraph per reading exploration. A full paragraph consists of a minimum of five sentences. The answers are to be written in complete sentences, including proper grammar and spelling. Excessive writing errors will result in a deduction. In-text citations giving line references to the textbook readings must be included. Failing to give references will result in a deduction.