Choose one of the essays below. Write a four-page argumentative essay that both summarizes the essay you have chosen and responds to it. Essays shorter than three full pages or longer than five pages will be returned unread and ungraded. You must follow one of the following presentation and documentation styles: MLA, APA, or CMS (Chicago). Bibliographies and title pages do not count towards the page count of your essay.
Your essay is an argumentative essay with a summary component. Your summary of the essay must be substantial and accurate. You must clearly identify the main argument and the secondary points of the argument of the essay you have chosen. You should identify the ways the various components of the argument fit together. You should identify the main ways the argument supports its claims. Your summary should be a two-paragraph summary. Your summary cannot use more than two short quotations from the essay.
The response component needs to respond to the essay directly. Your thesis for the entire essay will represent the main component of your response. You are not writing your own essay on a similar topic as the essay you have chosen, but instead you are interacting with the essay. Is there something said in the essay with which you want to take issue? Ultimately, you are making clear whether you agree or disagree with the argument of the essay (and its various components) and explaining why.
Your personal opinions about the topic the essay treats should be kept out of your essay. You are welcome to write a paragraph about your personal opinions, if you want, and include it as one of the final paragraphs. Your personal opinions about the argument of the essay form the basis for your response.