Timed Essay Practice: June 26th

Choose ONE question below and write an essay response.

1. Regardless of whether a mother is present or absent in his child’s life, she has an impact and influence. Discuss how the influence of mothers is depicted in two of the OIB works you have studied.

2. Discuss how two writers on your OIB program use climactic moments to emphasize key ideas in their works.

3. Discuss the use of cycles and repetitions in two of the works you have studied on your OIB syallbus.

You will begin at 15H and you must send your essay back to me between 17h – 17h30 to my ENT email.

It is preferable that you type your essay in a google document (it is easier to give you comments–make sure to give me the right to modify your document and not just view it). You may also take photos of your handwritten essay.

In the title of your document + the subject of your email, write your name and label it clearly – ex : Charles EARDLEY OIB Comparative Essay May 15.


To prepare mentally, please review the essay rubric below (and, you could have a look at the comments I gave you on your last written comparative essay and the samples of other student writing given to you/uploaded to the blog):

You must compare/contrast two “works” studied so far. Possibilities of “works” are: The Handmaid’s Tale, Love in the Time of Cholera, Frost’s poems, Intimate Apparel, Stranger in the Village, Sweet Bird of Youth (wow, we’ve read quite a lot this year, you should be proud!).

Tip: Don’t forget to include “style” (devices, discussion of language) in your analysis for full credit.

Thesis: Make a specific thesis with a defined angle to the vague question. Remember, an anglophone thesis is the “conclusion,” not a question. You then will be like a lawyer who uses evidence to prove your already very specific conclusion.

Organization: There are no real rules but your organization has to be clear, persuasive, and easy to follow. You can write a thesis that includes both works and organize paragraphs that mix the two works together, or, write a two-sentence thesis and transition halfway through your essay to the second work. Comment on elements of style as you go along and highlight how they enhance your argument. Use your paragraphs to organize your points (start each paragraph with a mini-thesis to keep us oriented).

Focus on what the authors are doing, and be careful not to talk too much about the characters like they are real people, but more instruments that the authors use to create effects.

Notes: For now, you may use them, but keep in mind that the real exam will be without notes. To use them efficiently and not waste too much time “looking for answers”, get your notes/books organized before you begin.


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