Part 1 The Romantics - Copy.pdf Transcendentalism - Copy.pdf
This assignment contains two short answer essay questions.
Each answer should be between 300-500 words. All work in this class must be in
MLA formatting. Please note that whenever you are referring to a source in your
work, there should be in-text quotes (or paraphrases) from that source to
support your assertions. These should be followed by parenthetical citations.
Ensure there is a Works Cited citation at the end of the document.
Here are some tips on
how to effectively respond to essay questions:Do not write in first or second person narrative voice.
Always write in third person narrative voice.
Get right to the point. Don't rewrite the question!
Answer in specific terms, not in general.
When using examples, make sure that it is clear why you are
using that particular example to answer the question.
When making general statements, be sure to follow them up
with answers to questions such as who, what, why and how.
Avoid making all encompassing statements, such as using the
words "all," "every," "no one," etc. unless they
Be prepared to defend every statement you make with
recognized facts. For example, if you make a statement, follow it up with a
quote from the text or other recognized authority or a specific example.
Choose one of the following questions to answer for
Poe: What effect does
the fear of death have on Poe's characters in “The Premature Burial” and “The
Masque of the Red Death?”
Hawthorne: Use the
directives in Preface to The House of the Seven Gables to explain the writing
style of "The Ambitious Guest." For instance, Hawthorne hopes that he
has not belabored the "sins of the father" moral of the novel. In
"The Ambitious Guest," the moral of ambition is not equally clear.
often features males as his main characters. Referring to "Bartleby the
Scrivener," discuss what Melville is saying about the male population he
saw. It might help to identify the opinions and traits of the narrator,
Bartleby, Turkey, Nippers, and Ginger Nut. Each represents certain
characteristics. Have these traits changed so much over time? Does every office
seem to have one of each? What are some new traits you might be able to write
into a new version of the story?
Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson and Thoreau were actually
among a fairly tight group. Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Melville all knew
each other well; they were friends and neighbors. They knew well the works of
Poe (who died in 1849); he in turn wrote about Emerson. Although they all had their own individual
style and vision, they influenced each other. Discuss the similarities and
contrasts in these writers based on your understanding of the Romantic and
Transcendentalist movements, the era, the authors, and the works themselves.
Part 2 The Fireside.pdf
Each part of this forum post should be approximately 300
words in length.
Choose one of the following questions to answer for Question
Poe: Analyze the
colors used in the rooms and objects in Poe's “Masque of the Red Death."
What do they represent? Who do you think is the narrator? (No, it is not Poe)
Hawthorne: In "The Ambitious Guest," Hawthorne is
well known for using irony in his stories. Irony is sometimes difficult for
readers to extract from stories, but it is fun to find. Identify at least a
couple of examples of irony in "The Ambitious Guest." Were they
difficult to find? What does the irony do to reinforce a point or make the
Melville: Explain the subtitle of "Bartleby the
Scrivener": "A Story of Wall
Street"? What does Melville imply about the business world? Would those
sentiments still be relevant today? Could the story be written today with a
modern-day Bartleby, and what might he be like?
Among many of the
foundational themes of the poetry of the Fireside Poets were living a just
life, commemorating history, embracing family and community, and celebrating
nature. Consider the poetry of Henry Wadworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell
Holmes and discuss how these themes are represented in both. Please quote and
cite from the poetry to support your assertions. You might consider using outside
research from the open internet to help you gather ideas. If you do, please
cite the source and provide a link for your classmates to follow.
Answer the higher order questions of how and why in
discussion responses. All discussions referring, responding, or relating to
works of literature must be accompanied by in text quotes (or paraphrases) and
cites. Please ensure you are properly quoting and citing in MLA format.
Remember if there is a citation on the Works Cited page that source must have
been used in the body of the forum post.
If there is an in text cite in the forum post, that source must be
listed on the Works Cited page. They go
together and one must accompany the other.