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English 1102 paper topics, spring 2017

Paper 3

Read every word below carefully, more than once, before starting your essay.

Choose one of the options below and respond in an analytical or argumentative essay of 850-1250 words.  Whichever option you address, your introduction must culminate in a literal central question that the rest of the paper strives to answer. 

For details of the physical formatting of your paper on papermargins, headers, titles, etc.see the simple stuff page. For guidelines on quotation and documentation, see the quotations page. All options require quotations from the readings, so 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 arrangements for other times. 

Note that you must submit the final draft (only) in both hard copy (printed on paper) and digital form (via the Brightspace/D2L dropbox for the assignment).

Paper proposals: before you begin writing the essay, 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. See the sample topic sentence outlines on my writing tips page and on the paper proposal assignment page.

Options:
1) Discuss the portrayal of relationship problems in three of the short stories we have read since spring break, including at least two quotations from each story you discuss and also quotations from at least two secondary sources of legitimate scholarly research (avoid open-access world wide web sources; use sources gotten from the MGA library or through the databases available in GALILEO).



2) Discuss the authors' use of irony as an integral tool in delivering a specific theme in any three of the stories we've read since spring break. You will of course need to be specific in identifying a theme, or statement about life or observation about humanity, in each story. Include at least two quotations from each story you discuss and also quotations from at least two secondary sources of legitimate scholarly research (avoid open-access world wide web sources; use sources gotten from the MGA library or through the databases available in GALILEO).

3) Discuss the portrayal of war in at least two of the three stories assigned for March 23rd (all three is fine). Include at least three quotations from each story you discuss and also quotations from at least two secondary sources of legitimate scholarly research (avoid open-access world wide web sources; use sources gotten from the MGA library or through the databases available in GALILEO).

4) Compare and contrast the villains in "A Cask of Amontillado" and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" including at least three quotations from each story you discuss and also quotations from at least two secondary sources of legitimate scholarly research (avoid open-access world wide web sources; use sources gotten from the MGA library or through the databases available in GALILEO).


Reminders:

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 at the Student Success Center (SSC) and/or the Writing Center. 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.