Raw Score: ______/ 50 points x 4 = _____ /200 points (Weighted Score)
By adding my name and the date to the signature line below, I affirm that all of my answers represent my own individual work, which I completed without collaborating with any other students. I also affirm that if I used any sources other than the course readings (CP and/or Blackboard Reading pages) and/or assigned videos/films specified for each question, that I have made that outside source use clear (whether I have summarized, paraphrased, or directly quoted an outside source) by using appropriate MLA-style in-text citations within my answers and by including a “Works Cited” page at the end of this file which includes full bibliographic citations (including working hyperlinks to each source) for each and every outside source I used in some way.
Student “Signature” _________________________ Date _______________________
ANSWER ANY TWO OF THE FOUR QUESTIONS
EVALUATION For each answer, you will be graded on:
Note: the evaluation standards for exams are generally higher than for RRs, since RRs are submitted before we discuss the material in class.
Question #1 (250-500 words total) Score: ________ /25 ( – points)
Compare “The Story of an Hour” (CP 27-28) with “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” (BR files posted to the Feb 15 and Feb 17 folder), limiting your focus to the following three specific story elements:
a) the depiction of the marriage relationship in each story
b) the way in which each protagonist (Louise in “Hour” and Francis in “Macomber”)
experiences short-lived “happiness” (what does each character’s “happiness” consist of?)
c) the cause of death for each protagonist and how that death is interpreted by the other
characters (the doctors in “Hour” and Wilson in “Macomber”)
Write one well-developed paragraph per element, illustrating the significant similarities/differences you see between how each of the stories depicts those elements by putting concise, well-chosen quotes from both stories into direct relationship with each other within each paragraph. Use different quotes for each of your three paragraphs, and when you quote from the readings, “do it like this” (CP or handwritten circled page number from the Macomber BRs goes here).
Question #2 (250-500 words total) Score: ________ /25 ( – points)
Using directly relevant points from pages 3-4 of our BR pdf of the essay “Who Invented White People?” (Jan 27 folder), imagine that Dr. Gregory Jay (author of the essay) was asked to review and comment upon each of the following:
a) the part of our Feb 8 BR which discusses the painting Quilting Frolic, considered in
direct relation to the segment from the Ethnic Notions video which discusses the
“Sambo” character (see video transcript found on CP 29-31)
b) the part of our Feb 8 BR which discusses the ad for “Concentrated Leaven,” considered in direct relation to the segment from the Ethnic Notions video which discusses the “Mammy” character (see video transcript found on CP 31-33)
c) the part our Feb 8 BR which discusses the painting Cinque
Write one well-developed paragraph for each of the three visual artwork examples, explaining what connections Dr. Jay would be likely to make between the content on pgs 3-4 of his essay and the art examples/video segments indicated. Use concise, well-chosen quotes from various parts of pages 3-4 of Dr. Jay’s essay, from the artwork BR, and (for your 1st and 2nd paragraphs) from the video transcript segments to illustrate those connections and, when you quote from the readings, “do it like this” (CP or BR page # goes here).
Question #3 (250-500 words total) Score: ________ /25 ( – points)
Compare Excerpt #3 from Frederick Douglass’s Narrative (CP 43-45) to our selection from Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl(all three excerpts combined, CP 49-52), focusing on the following three elements:
a) the specific nature of the abuse suffered by the narrator of each text
b) the comments of each narrator on the effects of slavery more broadly
(beyond the specific circumstances of the particular “crisis” of abuse experienced by each)
c) the action taken (in Douglass’s case)/plan made (in Jacobs’s case) by each narrator to
escape his/her abuse
Write one well-developed paragraph per element, illustrating the significant similarities/differences you see between how each of these slave narratives depicts those elements by putting concise, well-chosen quotes from both texts into direct relationship with each other within each paragraph. Use different quotes for each of your three paragraphs, and when you quote from the readings, “do it like this” (CP page # goes here).
Question #4 (250-500 words total) Score: ________ /25 ( – points)
Using directly relevant points from our BR about Woody Guthrie and the background to/context for his song “This Land Is Your Land?” (BR 2 of 2 in the Feb 24 folder), imagine that Guthrie was asked to review and comment on our CP excerpt from John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath (CP 55-59).
Identify and explain THREE distinct examples of specific commentary/response that Guthrie would be likely to have in relation to the Grapes excerpt, writing one well-developed paragraph for each of the three examples you identify and, in each paragraph, using concise, well-chosen quotes from the “Is This Song Your Song Anymore?” BR in direct relation to relevant quotes from the Grapes excerpt. Be sure that each of your paragraphs clearly establishes a different area of Guthrie’s imagined commentary/response—i.e., none of your three paragraphs should merely rehash/restate the same basic idea/point from another paragraph, and each of your paragraphs should make use of different quotes from the two readings. When you quote from the readings “do it like this” (BR/CP page number goes here).
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