questions mennonites 1

Please write in full sentences with attention to proper grammar and spelling. Proofread and edit your work carefully before submitting. The writing style, the thoughtful of your analysis, and the wide utilization of book is very essential. Offer specific examples and avoid generalities in your responses. The only sources allowed for the exam are The textbook, Introduction to Mennonite History by C.J. Dyck

Answer any 4 of the following questions by writing an essay. Each essay should each be about 5-7 paragraphs in length with an introduction and a conclusion. Cite specific pages from the textbook and use Chicago style. You should NOT use material twice in your answers to different essay questions. Please write in full sentences (ie not in point form).

1) Nonresistance/pacifism has been one of the core beliefs of Mennonites. Discuss at least four separate challenges to this belief in Mennonite history as well as the ways in which Mennonites responded to these challenges.

2) Describe at least four examples in which government policies/actions challenged Mennonite identity? How did Mennonites respond to these challenges? How did their responses change the Mennonite community?

3) Describe at least four different Mennonite migrations. What were the causes and consequences of these migrations? How was Mennonite identity shaped by these migrations?

4)Describe at least four ways in which Mennonite life changed because of the Russian Revolution and the establishment of Soviet power. How did Mennonites respond to these challenges?

5) Should “Mennonite” be considered an ethnicity, a religion or both? How have Mennonites addressed this issue? What have been the consequences of this tension in Mennonite history?