2 Prescribed Essays A Prescribed Critical Essay involves writing a response to a prescribed essay question or topic (listed). You will have the opportunity to choose a topic from the ones listed for the essay. You must respond to the exact wording of the question or topic in order to earn the 30 points assigned to the essay. Your most important task in composing a Prescribed Critical Essay is to demonstrate (by citing detailed examples) your knowledge of the literary text upon which the topic of the essay is based.
Prescribed Essay 2: Topics
Choose one of the following topics.
1. Gabriel Garcia Marquez used “magical realism” (a literary style) extensively in his stories. Look up “magical realism” and write how “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” fits the definition of the literary style. (South America)
2. Discuss how one specific episode in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart aptly fits the title of the story. (Africa)
3. The intervention of the supernatural (the snake, etc.) in the experiences of the narrator in Alifa Rifaat’s “My World Unknown” can be interpreted as a disguise for real-life experiences. Discuss what such real-life experiences might be in the context of marriage and family. (Middle East)
Prescribed Essay 2: Grading Criteria
For the essay to receive 30 points, it must have the following qualities:
1. The content of the essay must be based on the exact wording of the essay’s topic.
2. The essay must have an apparent pattern of organization–an introductory paragraph, developmental paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph.
3. The essay must demonstrate a skillful use of Standard English.
4. The essay must be submitted at the deadline.
Textbook: Davis, et al. Western Literature in a World Context, Vol. 2 (ISBN: 0312081251)
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