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English 102 - CRITICAL THINKING AND LITERARY ANALYSIS - Groper

Sparking Questions

Your answer for each set of Sparking Questions must be submitted to turnitin.com no later than one hour before class meets.  Completing these assignments will prepare you for class discussions and help you consider the readings more thoughtfully.

#1

Due 3/6

Minimum 250 words

1. Apply two of the literary terms you learned about in Chapter 3 to "A Good Man is Hard to Find."  Explain how they are used and discuss their impact on the story as a literary artifact.

2. Let's practice literary analysis!  Make an argument about this story that isn't based in summary - it can be about the story as a whole, the characters, the plot, the writing style, whatever you want.  Write a short, declarative paragraph in which you present your argument and back it up with basic evidence.

#2

Due 3/15

Minimum 300 words

1. In "A Temporary Matter," how has their baby's death affected and/or changed the way Shoba and Shukumar behave in their everyday lives?

2. In "A Temporary Matter," how does the plot device of the power shutoff affect the development of the story?

3. In "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine," how do you interpret the importance of the sweets Mr. Pirzada gives to Lilia?

4. In "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine," how is Lilia affected by her parents' nationality?

#3

Due 3/20

Minimum 400 words

1. In "Interpreter of Maladies," why does Mr. Kapasi get so involved in his fantasy about Mrs. Das?

2. In "A Real Durwan," what motivates the tenants' behaviors?

3. What similarities do you notice between the first four stories in this collection? The similarities can be between two or more of the stories.

#4

Due 3/22

Minimum 300 words

1. In "Sexy," what does Miranda want from her relationship with Dev?

2. In "Mrs. Sen's," what do we, the readers, understand about Mrs. Sen's behavior and motivations that Eliot cannot?

3. In "This Blessed House," why can't Sanjeev enjoy finding the religious objects like Twinkle does?

4. Compare the women depicted in these three stories.  What stands out to you?

#5

Due 3/27

Minimum 300 words

1. In "The Treatment of Bibi Haldar," why do you think Bibi changes after she has a child?

2. In "The Third and Final Continent" what literary purpose do you think Mrs. Croft serves?

3. Consider the depiction of "normal" in all of these stories.  What stands out to you?

4. Consider the depiction of India and the characters relationships with it in all of these stories.  What stands out to you?

 

 

#6

Due 4/3

Minimum 300 words

1. What ethical issues does this section of the novel discuss?  What do you think of the way in which A views them and/or the actions s/he takes?

2. Which of the lives that A takes over do you think would be most challenging for you?

3. Write a character portrait of A.  What stands out to you the most about who s/he is and what matters to him/her?

#7

Due 4/5

200 words minimum

1. Pick any one of the readings we've done so far (not including Every Day) and analyze it using two of the literary theory critical approaches detailed in the first section of Chapter 6.  Look at the text separately for each approach, and then consider what they do differently.


 

#8

Due 4/10

Minimum 300 words

1. Reflect on A's thoughts about Nathan:

"I think: He deserves this.  He didn't have to say a word. He could've just let it slide.

And I think: It's my fault. I'm the one who did this to him" (Levithan 167).

2. How has your understanding of A's identity evolved through this section of the novel?

3. Which of the lives A takes over was most interesting to you?

#9

Due 4/12

200 words minimum

1. Pick any one of the readings we've done so far (not including Every Day) and analyze it using two of the literary theory critical approaches detailed in the second section of Chapter 6.  Look at the text separately for each approach, and then consider what they do differently.

#10

Due 4/24

Minimum 300 words     

1. Every Day is categorized as part of the "Young Adult" genre.  A common feature of Young Adult novels is that they include "coming of age" stories.  Does A “come of age” in any conventional (or unconventional) sense?

2. Which body (from any part of the novel) do you think A most understands and identifies with? Why?

3. How do you feel about the way the novel ends?

#11

Due 4/26

200 words minimum

1. Pick any one of the readings we've done so far (not including Every Day) and analyze it using two of the literary theory critical approaches detailed in the last section of Chapter 6.  Look at the text separately for each approach, and then consider what they do differently.

#12

Due 5/3

Minimum 300 words

Please make sure you answer these questions for all of the assigned poems.

1. Summarize (in your own words) the main idea of this poem in one sentence.

2. Pick one literary device from this poem.  Explain what it is and what purpose it serves in the poem.

3. All of these poems are over 100 years old.  How can modern readers relate to them? 

#13

Due 5/10

Minimum 200 words

Please make sure you answer these questions for both of the assigned poems.

1. How does the poet use the speaker as a character in the poem?

2. Poems often have a tone to them (funny, sad, scary, etc.).  Discuss the poem's tone and how the author achieves it.

Research Assignment #1

Research Assignment #1

Due 5/10

Find a source (must be a book or an e-book) on your chosen theoretical approach.  Read it!!!!

In maximum 200 words, summarize the main ideas presented in the source.  No quotations allowed!

in minimum 200 words, analytically respond to the source.  What did you like/dislike?  What did or did not make sense? How do you think you'll apply it to the novel?  You may include one quote, maximum 2 sentences.

#14

Due 5/15

Minimum 300 words

1. Using at least three terms from Chapter 4, analyze what you've read of the play so far.

2. In Act 1, Algernon says "You look as if your name was Ernest.  You are the most earnest looking person I ever saw in my life" (lns. 159-160).  What relevance do you think this word play has?

3.  What does it mean to be a Bunburyist?

#15

Due 5/17

Minimum 200 words

1. Pick three lines or exchanges between characters from Act 3 of The Importance of Being Earnest and explain why they are each funny.  Does the humor lie in word play, actions, tone?

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