ENGLISH 100 Essay Test
You need to write three essays in three categories. Write one essay from Category A, one from Category B, and one from Category C. Each of your essays should be 400-500 words.
A. Write an essay on ONE of these topics.
Discuss the importance of point of view (first-person, third-person
limited, third-person omniscient, third-person objective) in any one of
the following stories:
“The Garden Party,” “The Ones who Walk Away from Omelas,” “A Short History of
Indians in Canada,” “Hellgoing,” or “Big Water.”
2. Explain the epiphany in any of the stories listed above. Who realizes what?
B. Write an essay on ONE of these topics.
1. Explain the argument in one of the following poems: “Smell!” “Mystic,” or “The Caterpillar.”
2. Does the speaker consider a willingness to remember the past vividly a good thing or a bad thing in the Shakespeare sonnet, “When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought?” Explain. (Remember that the question mark is not part of the title.)
2. Explain how the imagery in any of the following poems contributes to the general
effect: “The Voice,” “The Health-Food Diner,” “The Discovery,” or “Wrong Image.”
C. Write an essay on ONE of these topics.
1. Does the feminist essay “The Enfranchisement of Women” (written in the mid-nineteenth century) now seem outdated, or do some of the reforms recommended by the authors still seem to be needed? Explain.
2. The Mills, who wrote “The Enfranchisement of Women,” claim that all laws should be based on this principle: “In all things, the presumption ought to be on the side of equality.” This means that every individual should have the same set of rights UNLESS there is a legally-admissible reason why the exercise of those rights would harm the individual or others. (For example, this rule wouldn’t clash with criminal laws that deprive people of their freedom for limited periods of time after they have been convicted of crimes.) Do you agree?