QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: <What does it mean to be free? Are there different typ

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:
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What does it mean to be free? Are there different types of freedom? What forces
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or circumstances might threaten one’s freedom? Choose one story that addresses this
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theme and discuss how the author goes about promoting a particular view of the subject?
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What does the author want readers to understand?
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STORIES YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM, ANY STORY IS FINE:
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Chris Adrian – “Stab”
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Shirley Jackson – “The Lottery”
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Stephen King – “All that You Love will be Carried Away”
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Ursula K. LeGuin – “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”
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Nancy Kress – “Nano Comes to Clifford Falls”
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Maureen McHugh – “After the Apocalypse”
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman – “The Yellow Wallpaper”
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Eric Frank Russell – “And Then There Were None”
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BASIC INSTRUCTIONS: MUST INCLUDE ATLEAST 3 SOURCES ON A WORKS CITED PAGE SEPERATE FROM THE 3 WRITEN PAGES. (3 FULL WITING PAGES AND 1 SOURCE PAGE IN MLA FORMAT)
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1. Length: The essay should be between three (3) and five (5) pages long. This means the
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essay should be at least three complete pages long. Writing two and a half pages does not
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satisfy this requirement.
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2. Font: Use Times New Roman font, size 12.
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3. Margins: Use margins of one inch. Microsoft Word defaults to 1.25 inches, so be sure to
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change this.
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4. Spacing: Double-space your paper. Some word processing programs will leave extra
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space (or no space) between paragraphs; you may need to adjust the settings, to avoid this
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problem.
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5. Justification: Use left (not right or full) justification.
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6. Paragraph indentation: Indent the first line of each paragraph.
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7. Documentation: Document all of your sources on a Works Cited page. This page is in
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addition to the three page minimum for the essay. The Works Cited page should include
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an entry for the story being discussed, in addition to any secondary sources.
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8. Do not include a cover page.
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9. In other respects, your essay should follow MLA format guidelines.
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Content Guidelines
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1. Demonstrate clear, logical, insightful, original thinking about the assigned topic.
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2. Whichever option you choose be sure to state your thesis clearly. Have a very clear sense
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of what you want your readers to learn from your essay. Make sure the thesis states what
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the body of the paper actually supports.
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3. Assume readers already know the plot of each story. Work to keep summarizing to a
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minimum.
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4. Be sure to distinguish between plot and theme.
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5. Support your thesis with at least three supporting points. Provide and discuss the
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significance of evidence for each point.
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6. Provide examples from the story to illustrate and support your claims. Include a
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minimum of two (2) direct quotes from the story.
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7. Avoid tangents and overly long quotes or summaries.
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8. Consult at least (3) three secondary sources of information relating to the story under
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consideration. For example, if you to discuss the theme of medical ethics, you might
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make use of three sources of information on the topic of medical ethics. You might also
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make use of the work of other literary or cultural critics.
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9. Include in-text citations for information gathered from the story and each of the three
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additional sources.
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10. You should have an interesting and informative title that clearly and specifically reflects
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the content of the essay (and especially of the thesis).
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a. Do NOT underline or italicize the title of your own essay or place it in quotation
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marks.
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b. Center the title.
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11. Provide an introduction that includes a “hook” to get readers interested.
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12. Each body paragraph should have a clear focus and support the thesis of your essay.
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13. Use appropriate transitions between each section of your essay.
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14. When you refer to the plots and characters of the works in your own words, use present
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tense verbs. When you quote, leave verb tense as it is in the story.
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15. Use descriptive language to enrich your interpretation.
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16. Documentation: Observe the following form for quotations and parenthetical
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documentation.
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a. Smoothly introduce all quotations; don’t just begin quoting.
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i. Like this: In “The Wife’s Lament,” the speaker grieves the loss of her
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relationship with her husband: “Our friendship is as if it had never been”
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(114).
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ii. NOT like this: “Our friendship is as if it had never been” (114).
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b. When parenthetical documentation immediately follows quotation marks, drop
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the punctuation mark at the end of the quotation (with the exception of a question
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mark or exclamation point), and after the parenthetical documentation place the
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punctuation your own sentence requires.
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i. Like this: The Wanderer laments, “All delight has gone” (112).
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ii. NOT like this: The Wanderer laments, “All delight has gone.” (112)
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iii. Like this: The Wanderer asks, “Where is the giver of treasure?” (113).
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iv. NOT like this: The Wanderer asks, “Where is the giver of treasure” (113)?
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17. Editing and Proofreading: Revise, edit, and proofread your essay carefully. Be sure to
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use spell-check. Work to avoid editing oversights, such as spelling and punctuation
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mistakes, documentation mistakes, sentence fragments, comma splices, run-on sentences,
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and subject-verb agreement errors.
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