Project #162112 - American Literature

English Tutors

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 01/07/2017 08:00 am

I. Identifications (choose 5 of 6 – 10 pts. each)

Briefly describe the location, context and significance of each of the following.  Answers must use complete sentences and be in paragraph form.  Be specific in your use of examples from the reading.

 

1.  Dame van Winkle 2. “Learning…would forever unfit him to be a slave.”

 

3.  “…we shall be as a City upon a hill.”   4. Gov. Keith

 

5. “So convenient a thing it is to be a 6.  “I had walled the monster up

reasonable creature, since it enables in the tomb.”

one to find or make a reason for anything

one has a mind to do.”

 

II. Essay (choose one of two – 25 pts.)

1.      Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Edwards have been referred to as an antagonistically linked pair in American History, representing two distinctly different approaches to the creation of a national identity in the years leading up to the creation of an American republic.  Using examples from their work, describe how they each begin at similar points to arrive at vastly different conclusions about what the American experiment is supposed to be, and discuss those conclusions.

2.       The American Dream has loomed large in the mythology of America since its very beginnings as a colony and, later, as a free republic.  Using the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself, discuss what this American Dream is and how both Franklin and Douglass, each in their own individual ways, exemplify this dream and report on the potential for its attainment in Eighteenth, and then Nineteenth Century American life and culture.

 

II. Essay (choose one of two – 25 pts.)

1.      The new and developing literature in America, as well as American culture itself, in the early part of the Nineteenth Century is largely grounded in Romanticism and is perhaps best exemplified by Poe, Irving, Bryant, Jefferson and Douglass. Using examples from their writings, discuss what you think Romanticism is and how it appears in the literature.

2.       The two Puritan authors we have read are each engaged in composing a preliminary draft of what would become known as the American Dream.  Discuss John Winthrop’s vision and then Cotton Mather’s interpretation of that vision, and how these writings might influence subsequent authors’ developing ideas.  Please use specific examples from the literature in defense of your thesis.

 

Essay questions can be 3 paragraphs.

 

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I. Identifications ( choose 5 of 6 - 10 pts. each)

Briefly describe the location, context and significance of each of the following.  Answers must use complete sentences and be in paragraph form.  Be specific in your use of examples from the reading.

 

1. Man Thinking                                    2.  Pearl

      

       3.  “he is the President of regulation”       4.  “He staid with me a week….”

       5.  the birthmark                            6.  the forest  (fields and woods)

 

II. Essay – Choose two of three (25 pts. each)

1. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne may be thought of as an antagonistically linked pair in the literary period known as the "American Renaissance."  Using what you know of Emersonian thought, specifically as it relates to the literary symbol, discuss the similarities and differences you see in each Hawthorne’s creation of his most famous symbolic utterances: the pink ribbon of Faith and the “A” in The Scarlet Letter.

2.  Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman are a linked pair in the literary period known as the "American Renaissance."  Using what you know of Emersonian thought, especially from "The Poet," and your reading of Whitman's poems, discuss the links and especially the notion that Whitman was "simmering, simmering, simmering...until Emerson brought [him] to a boil."

3.  Hawthorne's idea of the "Unpardonable Sin" begins to be developed in “The Birthmark,” achieves definition in "Ethan Brand," and becomes fully realized in The Scarlet Letter.  Discuss what the "Unpardonable Sin" is, how it develops in the fiction over time, and how Hawthorne reveals his Puritan roots.

 

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