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Based on the video above, Part 1 of Jazz, by Ken Burns, answer these questions.

1. What is one new or surprising thing you learned from the video? (A one sentence answer is fine.)

2. Prepare an essay describing the historical and cultural conditions and events that led to the development of jazz in New Orleans in the early 20th century (as depicted in the video). How did these conditions/events lead to the particular musical characteristics of jazz?

Your essay should be about one page in length, (including your short answer to question #1), and should use good English structure and correct spelling. The assignment is worth 10 points.

Grading
Here is the rubric I will use for grading:

Did the essay:

Answer the first question? 1 point

Describe the historical and cultural conditions and events that led to jazz? 4 points

Tell how these conditions/events led to the specific musical characteristics of jazz? 4 points

Correct spelling, punctuation, word usage, sentence structure. 1 point

Total points: 10


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