Monday, March 28, 2011


Although written only five years apart and about similar events, the Breslin and Hamill stories feel vastly different. Identify one literary technique that, to your mind, contributes to this different feel and explain how it contributes. You might choose, for example, from point of view, narrative structure, choice of language, and so on. Please be as specific and complete as possible. Your response should be posted by Wednesday, March 30, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Alternative Question

Watch the video below. . . Relate it to Herr's Dispatches. . . Response is due this coming Sunday by 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Compare the structure of the pieces by Davis, Orwell, and Herr. What changes do you notice? How are these changes in form related to the changing conception of imperialism and war? To the changing purpose of literary journalism?

Your response is due by 4 p.m., Sunday, March 27.

Monday, March 14, 2011


"I am not commenting, merely pointing to a fact," George Orwell writes toward the end of "Marrakech." Do you believe him? Why or why not?

It'll help you answer the question if you also read this classic essay by Orwell:

Please respond by Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Third Winter

Choose one of the following to answer. Please post your response by Wed., March 9, 4 p.m.

1) Describe the relationship between the straight and parenthetical passages in Martha Gellhorn's "The Third Winter." In other words, what is the function of each and how do they function in relation to each other?

2) Analyze an instance of Gellhorn's use of metaphor or simile. Include why she choose this image and whether or not it works and how or why.