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Literary Form and its Influence on Stories

Does the type of literature (biography, poetry, fiction etc.) play a role in how a story is told? Do you think any of the formats were inappropriate? Why do you think this?

Paradise Lost: Political Goals

John Milton claimed that the purpose of writing Paradise Lost was to justify the ways of God to men. Please elaborate on Milton's experiences and how they shaped his political goals for his epic?

Debt Ceiling

Discuss the cause and effect of raising the debt ceiling.

Where are You Going, Where Have You Been

The main character, Connie, in "Where Are Going, Where Have You Been ?" is best described as the rebellious, stereotypical American teen girl. She is obsessed with fashion, hair, and external appearances; she is quite shallow and narcissistic as she worries merely about herself and looks: "She was fifteen and she had a quick, ne

American Literature

Why do we need a definition for American Literature? What purpose does it serve? How are the American literary themes of liberty, opportunity and equality addressed in ethnic literature?

Evaluating a Dilemma: The Omnivore's Dilemma

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan begins with an introduction, "Our National Eating Disorder," which establishes the themes, history, and purposes for reading. He begins by detailing the recent history and conflicting advice given to the public regarding food, food policies, and nutrition. Having read these first several

Contemporary Shakespearean Plotlines

Originality is valued in artistic works of our time, but it was not valued in the same way during the 16th century. 16th-century writers borrowed plots, stories, language, and general subject matter. Can you think of any events in contemporary English history that might serve well as a Shakespearean plot?

Non verbal cues

People often misunderstand other individual's nonverbal cues. After reading chapter 6 and the document entitled "Increasing Accuracy in Reading Nonverbal Cues" found in the Communication Competence learning module, how can a communicator increase nonverbal communication competence?

Social Structure and Margery Kempe

1) How do you think the social structure of the middle ages shaped Margery Kempe? 2) How do you think the social structure of the period is reflected is in Margery Kempe?

Social Structure and Julian of Norwich

1) How do you think the social structure of the middle ages shaped Julian of Norwich? 2) How do you think the social structure of the middle ages is reflected in Julian of Norwich?

Social Structure and Wife of Bath

1) How do you think the social structure of the middle ages shaped The Wife of Bath? 2) How do you think the social structure of the middle ages is reflected in The Wife of Bath?

Using I language statements

Write an "I" language statement to the following scenario: Your roommate keeps leaving a mess in the kitchen and you would really like her to clean up. Be sure to follow the guidelines for an "I" language statement found on p. 179-180 and include at least 3 of the 4 elements found in an "I" language statement. None of the

Post-Modernism vs. Modernism

What is Modernism? How does post-modernism continue some of the patterns of modernism and how is it different from modernism?

Pagan versus Christian Literary Works

Considering both Pagan and Christian works in the early middle ages, how do the Pagans and Christians treat their themes differently? In what ways are the themes the same? Provide examples.

Exploring Yeats Present Modern Models

Dear OTA, Explore the poetry of Yeats and describe how he responded to his era/age and present modern models for poetry to follow. I chose the following poem "When You are Old" : When You Are Old WHEN you are old and gray and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book,

Common Sense and Science

Common Sense and Science It is easy to make decisions based on beliefs or what one thinks is correct. It is also common to believe that something is correct because it is "common sense" or "intuitively obvious." In reality, we tend to make decisions based on erroneous thinking and sometimes confuse facts and beliefs. With