How to ask analytical question. “race and gender in colonial Latin America.”

The ability to ask strong, analytical research questions is essential in history as well as most other academic disciplines.  Such questions are broad and big enough to spark interest in your readers, yet narrow and focused enough to allow you to assemble sufficient evidence to offer a convincing answer.  Most strong analytical questions ask how and why rather than simply who, what, when, and where.  Perhaps most importantly, a strong analytical question should interest you deeply, which is the key to generating the excitement necessary to conduct serious research, write a compelling paper, deliver a strong oral presentation, and get others to share your interest.

To complete this short assignment, generate a list of three to five analytical questions about any topics that interest you within the broad theme of race and gender in colonial Latin America.