Essay Response: 3 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman
Due Sunday, March 3 by 11:00pm (CT)
Please select one of the following four prompts and develop an essay in response to it. Your
essay should have an introduction with a thesis, main body paragraphs with topic sentences, and
a conclusion that wraps up. You must also incorporate direct references to the literature in the
form of quotes and brief summaries. Remember: the literature is your object of study. Use it to
substantiate and support your claims and observations. Secondary sources are not required;
however, if you do utilize an outside resource, then you must cite it according to MLA guidelines
When you complete your exam essay, please upload it to the TurnItIn portal on Moodle.
Compare Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” with O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”
More specifically, discuss how these stories represent the region of the U.S. South. To what
extent do they continue or deviate from the tradition of regionalist writing that we studied in the
first half of the term?
Focus on two of the sections in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land to discuss how this poem represents
modernist themes and concerns that impacted the early-twentieth century.
How and to what extent does Gloria Anzaldua’s “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” echo, extend, or
otherwise engage with earlier representations of minority identity during the Harlem
Renaissance? Select two texts from the period of African American Modernism (see Hughes,
Cullen, McKay, and Baldwin) and analyze them alongside Anzaldua’s excerpt.
How do the fantasies of Ursula K. Le Guin enact a feminist ideology? Discuss the features and
effects of “She Unnames Them” and “The Wife’s Story,” and connect those narrative strategies
to the stories’ resistance to patriarchy