Final Essay Prompts
English literature has produced some of the most well-known written works in the world, and continues to influence literature today. In this course, you've read the works of different influential English authors such as Shakespeare and Chaucer and learned about different literary movements throughout history. Choose one of the prompts below and write an 800-1200-word essay about it.
- Many of the works of literature you've read in this course include the theme of identity. The protagonist may be struggling to find his/her identity, create a new one, or disassociate with an old one. Using one or more of the works from your reading list, discuss how identity functions in the story and if you believe the author thinks identity is something a person is born with or creates for him/herself. Use examples from the text(s) to support your argument.
- While dramatic works rely on stage directions and characters to convey the story, prose almost always relies on a narrator. In many ways, the narrator fully delivers the story, impacting how the reader processes, believes, and understands it. For this essay, choose a single work of fiction from the reading list and evaluate the role of the narrator. Analyze how they convey information, and use textual evidence to argue that they are a reliable or an unreliable narrator.
Formatting & Sources
Please write your paper in the MLA format. As evidence for their analyses, students should provide quotations from the course and any outside research. Cite all quotations using MLA format. Please include any Study.com lessons you used as sources (including the lesson title and instructor's name).
If you're unsure about how to use MLA format to cite your sources, please see the following lesson:
Your essay will be graded based on the following rubric:
|Category||Unacceptable (0-1)||Needs Improvement (2-3)||Good (4)||Excellent (5)||Total Possible Points|
|Structure (x3)||Structure is illogical or significantly hinders understanding||Arguments are difficult to identify; ideas are disjointed||Evidence is provided & is relevant to the thesis, but transitions and connections are lacking||Arguments are well integrated; ideas flow logically; main points are identifiable||15|
|Analysis (x3)||No examples are used to support arguments; analysis is missing or incorrect||Few or weak examples are given to support main points||Examples are given to support most points, but not all; analysis lacks originality||All main points are supported with evidence and include original analysis||15|
|Thesis (x2)||Thesis is missing||Thesis lacks clarity or is not well-developed||Thesis adequately states the student's argument||Thesis clearly & logically states the student's argument||10|
|Mechanics (x2)||Incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and use of standard English grammar hinders understanding||Several instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar||Few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar||No or very few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar||10|
Before You Submit
When you are done writing your essay, we suggest taking some time to proofread, check for errors, and add some final touches. We also suggest that you use online plagiarism checkers such as PlagScan or DupliChecker to make sure that your essay is not too similar to any existing materials. Plagiarized submissions will NOT be graded.
How to Submit Your Paper
When you are ready to submit your written paper, please fill out the submission form and attach your essay as Microsoft Word, Text, or PDF documents. After turning in your paper, you may go ahead and take the proctored final exam. You do not need to wait for your written responses to be graded. You should receive your essay grades within one week.
If you are not satisfied with the score you receive on your paper, you may revise or rewrite your essay and resubmit it for grading using the same submission form above. Keep in mind that the grades you receive on your essays are only a third of your overall grade for the course, and you are free to retake the proctored final exam as well if you choose. Please see the course syllabus for a more detailed breakdown of the grading policy.
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