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English 1102 paper 1, spring 2024

Read carefully, at least twice, before starting your essay.

Respond to one of the topics below in an essay of 800-1200 words (in the body of the essay, excluding headers, name, date, title, works cited entries, etc.). Raise a central question as the last sentence of your introduction the rest of the paper answers directly, especially in the three or more topic sentences and the thesis statement in the conclusion.

Formatting: Format pages in the MLA style outlined on the simple stuff page. You may use a MLA Research paper template from Word or elsewhere online. Get the details right!

Quotations: Each topic option below requires at least six direct quotations from the work or works you address (typically two in each body paragraph). Follow quotations guidelines Q1-Q3 and Q5 on the quotations page. Since you are incorporating quotations, a works cited page is necessary.

I encourage you to seek my help with your paper outside of class. I cannot respond to whole drafts through email, but I will be glad to go over your paper from start to finish with you in person before you submit it for grading. If my office hours don't mesh with your schedule, let me know and we'll make other arrangements. 

Paper proposals: before you start writing, construct a topic sentence outline: begin the outline with the literal question your paper addresses, then give full topic sentences that answer the question directly for each primary point in your paper (i.e. for each body paragraph), just as they will appear in the essay itself, and conclude the outline with the paper's overall thesis, answering the central question directly and combining your essential points from the various topic sentences. Follow the pattern of Writing Exercise 3. See sample topic sentence outlines on the paper proposal assignment page.

Address one of these topics:

     The men's treatment of the women in Trifles
      The value of Miss Moore's lesson for Sylvia in "The Lesson"
      The unhealthy relationship in "Hills Like White Elephants"
     The problematic depiction of marriage in "The Story of an Hour"
      Analysis of relationship problems in "Shiloh"
      Lessons we can take from "Cathedral"
      Psychological realism in any three of these works:Trifles, "The Lesson," "Hills Like
             White Elephants," "The Story of an Hour," "Shiloh," and "Cathedral"


blue bullet Make every topic sentence answer the central question directly.
blue bullet Introduce all quotes: see nugget 3.
blue bullet Sweat the details: use the Golden Rules, Nuggets, Simple Stuff, and Quotations pages and proofread carefully.
blue bullet Offer concrete evidence (quotes) in support of each of your major assertions.
blue bullet See me in the office or email if you have questions or problems. 

Use the Writing Center! I encourage you to see tutors for help with your papers in the Writing Center (TEB 226). We have well-trained, qualified tutors who can give you plenty of one-on-one attention with any aspect of the writing process. Be sure to take a copy of this assignment with you to any tutoring session, or show your tutor this assignment page on the web. Set up an appointment at https://www.mga.edu/student-success-center/writing-centers.php. I will award extra credit of half a letter-grade to students who visit the Writing Center to work on this paper.