This nonfiction read has something for everyone--romance, murder, crime scene investigation, medical mystery, impact of technology and science, politics, power struggles, and a morality play, etc.
The assignment begins with links to the C-SPAN interview of author Candice Millard and to the C-SPAN documentary on First Lady Lucretia Garfield. Then seven different theses are delineated from which students may select to write--examples including Garfield's civic virtue contrasted with Roscoe Conkling's political hedonism and assassin Charles Guiteau's entitlement hedonism; i.e, the tragedy play of good versus evil.
Another thesis choice concerns comparing assassin Charles Guiteau with today's assassins of Aurora, Sandy Hook, and VA Tech, all who were egocentric and whose reality was distorted by fantasy. Another choice examines the difference between confidence of the Garfield kind and arrogance of the Roscoe Conkling and Charles Guiteau kind. Another thesis analyzes the effects of patronage/spoils system and entitlement.
Seven (7) theses in all.