Everyday Use by Alice Walker

For this assignment, respond to one of the writing prompts below. Do not consult any secondary sources to assist with your interpretation of the literary work. Do not discuss the short-story you posted to the Discussion Board. Please refer to short stories posted in Unit One: Short Fiction only.

1.Based on the details in “Snow,” what are some of the challenges that immigrants face?

2.Interview a real-life immigrant. Write a paper discussing his or her immigration experience. Use direct quotes from the interview in the paper.

3. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Mrs. Mallard is described as descending the stairs “like a goddess of Victory.” Why does she feel victorious?

4. Discuss Mrs. Mallard’s range of emotions in “The Story of an Hour.”

5. Do you find the end of “The Story of an Hour” satisfying? Believable? Why or why not?

6. In Richard Wright’s “Big Black Good Man,” does the author appear to be optimistic or

pessimistic about race relations?

7. The sailor’s name is barely mentioned in “Big Black Good Man.” Why? Explain your answer.

8. What is readers’ opinion of Olaf, Jim, or Lena in “Big Black Good Man”? Choose one character.

9. What do you think Jim thinks of Olaf? Explain your answer.

10. Is Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” an antiwar story? Explain your answer.

11. Has Lieutenant Jimmy Cross changed by the end of “The Things They Carried”? If yes, how so?

12. What is readers’ impression of Martha in “The Things They Carried”?

13. What kind of person is Mama in Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use”?

14. How does Maggie feel about her sister Dee in “Everyday Use”?

15. Discuss your least favorite character. What does the character do or say to cause the reader to feel this way?

This assignment requires each student to write a 600-word essay (700 words maximum) consisting of at least five paragraphs. The introduction should provide a brief summary of the literary work. The thesis statement should be arguable and should forecast the major point(s) in the essay. The body of the essay should provide appropriate textual evidences to support your thesis statement. Note: A minimum of two direct quotes required for each body paragraph. Each direct quotation should be parenthetically referenced and the literature should be documented on the Works Cited page. The conclusion should restate your thesis statement, topic sentences, supporting sentences, and offer a smooth close. The essay should follow MLA format (Times New Roman, double-spaced, 12” font, 1” margins, heading, and header). As always, grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and word choice will be factored into your grade, so edit carefully. Note: No first person pronouns. No second person pronouns. No past tense verbs. No informal language. No offensive language.

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