NWSA English II

Ms. Strahan's English II Class


August 2014

The Road Essay Topics (Pick One)

Essay Questions: Please write a complete formal essay in response to the question(s) posed.
PICK ONE ESSAY! Don’t forget planning!

1. How do the protagonists distinguish the “good guys” from the “bad guys”? Are the protagonists indeed the “good guys”?

2. Discuss some of the literary techniques used by McCarthy to evoke and maintain the novel’s largely grim and bleak setting.

3. Discuss at least two contrasting ways in which the survivors of the catastrophe deal with the chaos.

4. What is the significance of “the fire” to the man and the boy?


Lord of the Flies Essay Questions

Essay Questions: Please write a complete formal essay in response to the questions posed.
PICK ONE ESSAY! Don’t forget planning!

1. In his introduction to William Golding’s novel, novelist E.M. Forster suggests that Golding’s writing “lays a solid foundation for the horrors to come.” Using Forster’s quote as a starting point, discuss how the novel foreshadows the murders of Simon and Piggy. Focus on two events or images from the novel’s earlier chapters and describe how they anticipate the novel’s tragic outcome.

2. The children stranded on the island are all boys, and female characters are rarely discussed. How does this matter for the novel?

3. The novel’s narrative action draws an increasingly firm line between savagery and civilization, yet the value of each becomes an issue in the conclusion, when Jack’s fire saves the boys. Using these terms, what is the novel suggesting about human nature, evil, and human civilization?

4. At the end of Chapter Eleven, Roger pushes Jack aside to descend on the bound twins “as one who wielded a nameless authority.” Focusing on this quotation, discuss Roger’s actions in Chapter Eleven in relation to Jack’s power and political system.

(2014-2015) Bell Ringer 2A:

Please list and define TEN literary devices.

(2014-2015) Bell Ringer 1A:

(Please copy prompt.) If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring three items, what would you bring and why? (People, technology, boats, and/or floating devices may not be included.)

Write a ONE PAGE response.

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