In addition to designing and building a handset printing press, students were required to complete the following written assignments.

Forum Postings

Each student was required to write four forum postings reflecting comparatively on books in the Early Modern period and today.


Each student was required to write two five-page papers. Potential topics for each paper are detailed below.

First Paper Topics (PDF)

Second Paper Topics (PDF)

Student Examples

"An Educated Man's Journal Entry Commenting on the Execution of Domenico Scandella." (PDF)

 "The Thinker." (PDF)

"Truth in Text." (PDF)

All student examples appear courtesy of MIT students and are anonymous by request.