Department of English and
Modern Languages
Engl 102

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Prompts for Final Examination
Write an outline for each of the following essay prompts. You will not know which prompt you will be
responding to until the day of the exam. Be sure that your outlin
e addresses all aspects of the question,
and includes concrete examples and quotes from the text; essays that do not fully address the prompt
and/or do not include examples from the texts (with proper citations) will not receive a passing grade.
(A) Crit
ical Analysis
Authors often employ a variety of rhetorical modes in order to emphasize their arguments, however there
is usually one tac
tic they rely most heavily upon, be it logos, pathos, or ethos.
Write an essay evaluating which rhetorical mode Arielle Bernstein uses most effectivel
y in her article
“Marie Kondo and the Privilege of Clutter”, and compare its efficacy with another author who employs the
same rhetorical mode.
(B) Comparison/Contrast
In
Between the World and Me
, Ta

Nehisi Coates discusses the notion of the “Dream” and
how this
construct works to oppress and alienate minorities, particularly African Americans.
Using concrete examples from Coates’ description of the Dream, write an essay comparing or contrasting
the role of the Dream in
Between the World and Me
with two
other texts we have read this semester.
Consider how the Dream is used as a tool for alienating and “othering” individuals, and be sure to explore
whether the characters in each text are victims or perpetrators of the Dream.
(C) Argumentative
We have disc
ussed a variety of characters this semester who could be described as possessing solipsistic
qualities and perspectives.
Some characters thrive as a result of this self

contained view of the world;
others suffer.
Write an essay analyzing how a solipsistic outlook can either help or hinder the trajectory of one’s life,
using examples from at leas
t two of the texts we have read.

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