Like the John Brown's Legacy assessment, this question gauges students' ability to evaluate the relevance of contextual information for determining the motivations of an author. Students must select 2 facts and explain how they shed light on Keppler's depiction of Standard Oil in his 1904 cartoon. Students with a strong understanding of contextualization will be able to explain how the company's growing control over the oil industry, and Tarbell's muckraking reports on Standard Oil, may have influenced Keppler's depiction.
Standard Oil Company Assessment
Standard Oil Company Rubric
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