Archive for September, 2010

Gulliver: The Final Exam

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

What does Gulliver’s Travels tell us about ourselves?
Well, what does Gulliver’s Travels suggest about ourselves?
Write 3-5 solid paragraphs, using direct quotes from the text, with page numbers, to work toward an answer to this question. Obviously, there is more than good answer, and there is no single “correct” answer.
A good essay should be spellchecked, typed, […]

Voyage to the Houyhnhnms

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

You may be reading the gentlest yet most disturbing of the four voyages.
Read through Chapter 4 for Tuesday, Sept. 21. Be finished with the whole book by Friday, September 24.
Just as before, write down a prediction, then write one thoughtful, interpretive question for each chapter.
How is Gulliver’s character evolving through these four voyages? Is he […]

Voyage to Laputa

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Be finished with Book 3, voyage to Laputa, etc. by Friday, September 17.
Notice the changes you see in Gulliver here.
Many critics have noted, disparagingly, that Book 3 doesn’t follow the tight and elegant pattern of the other three books. That being said, can you defend Swift’s strategy here? In what way do […]

A Letter to Saddam Hussein

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Mary Ewald’s Letter to Saddam Hussein
It’s hard to imagine a more difficult challenge than trying to talk and absolute dictator into freeing a prisoner.
But Mary Ewald was up to the challenge.
Read her letter, and note and explain the strategies Mary uses to make her case.
Pass in a finished essay on Monday, September 20 and a […]

Gulliver, Book 2

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Be finished with the Voyage to Brobdingnag by Tuesday, September 14. You should have an interpretive question on each chapter, and a prediction about the story that you made just as you started reading Book 2.