Due Date: Saturday, 11 November by 8:00 p.m.
Directions: First, read pp. 1404-1408 (Writing and Essay Exam). This is an excellent resource and will help you prep for our essay exams, and the essay exams that you’ll encounter in many college courses. Next, provide a 100-250 word response to four of the following questions/statements. (NOTE: You do not have to answer every question. Choose four of your choice. Please copy/paste the question above your response, so I know which question you are answering.) Send me your document in the Assignment in Webstudy, and please make sure your document is saved as a Word Doc. (Worth 25 points each)
- In literature, a work like “A&P” is called a “coming-of-age” story. It usually suggests a loss of innocence or an “epiphany” that leads to maturity. Sometimes this means accepting responsibility (and becoming more like an adult). Provide some examples of either books or films that you have experienced either in or out of this class, or past lit classes that might have the “coming-of-age” theme. Finally, consider the protagonist of “A&P” and the “change” that occurs in his character; discuss why a label like “coming-of-age” is (or isn’t) appropriate to this story.
- “Sonny’s Blues” helps us to understand the various ways people experience pain and suffering. As a musician and artist, Sonny tries to make known the pain he sees around him. The narrator, on the other hand, denies his own pain and hardship, and that of those around him. But when he is finally force to see it, he begins to understand Sonny as both an artist and recovering addict. What role does suffering play in the story?
- What is the role of identity within “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” How should identity be formed in adolescence?
- What does “blindness” symbolize in our culture? How does Carver’s story “Cathedral” reinforce or undermine that symbolism?
- Define Stream of Consciousness. How does Katherine Anne Porter use Stream of Consciousness in “The Jilting of Granny Weaterhall.” Provide specific examples from the text to support your assertions.