Respond to one of the following prompts:
A. Poe believed that good short stories require a single, unifying effect. Evaluate one of the
stories in Unit 2 using Poe’s standard of unity. Do the descriptions, incidents, and images all
contribute to the single effect of the story? Is there a single effect? Feel free to evaluate Poe’s
B. Consider what you have learned about American history during the period of 1820 to 1864.
How do the stories in Unit 2 reflect what was going on in the country then?
C. Read and analyze "When I heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman.
What Romantic ideas does it express, and how does the structure of the poem reinforce the
" When I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars. "