Short Story & Poetry

Choose FIVE questions out of nine and write a short answer (1-2 paragraphs). (Don’t answer all the questions – I will feel so sorry for you if you do all of that extra work!). Be specific and give examples.

James Joyce, “Eveline,” (1914):

(1) Why can’t Eveline get on the boat? What do you think it takes to leave your country?

Ernest Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants” (1927):

(2) Why does Jig say she’ll have an abortion if she doesn’t really want one?

Grace Paley, “The Loudest Voice” (1959):

(3) Mr. and Mrs. Abramowitz have a debate about assimilation. Who do you agree with?

Maya Angelou, “Graduation,” (1969):

(4) Can you describe an experience of feeling like you were carrying the hopes and dreams of your community?

Paul Lawrence Dunbar, “We Wear the Mask,” (1913):

(5) If you feel that you wear a mask, can you describe it?

Countee Cullen, “Incident,” (1925):

(6) Can you relate this incident to a painful or traumatic incident in your own life? Explain.

Lucille Clifton, “homage to my hips” (1987):

(7) “Homage” is praise — write your own version of this poem based on a part of you that you want to praise.

Langston Hughes, “I, Too,” (1926)

(8) If you, too, are claiming a place in America, try writing your own version of the Langston Hughes poem.

Rhina P. Espaillat, “Bilingual/Bilingüe,” (1998):

(9) If you are bilingual, is there anything you can relate to in Espaillat’s poem?

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