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Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Joseph Conrad

“To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.”

Joseph Conrad
Richard Yates

“Never say anything that doesn’t improve on silence.”

Richard Yates
Louise Erdrich

“We do know that no one gets wise enough to really understand the heart of another, though it is the task of our life to try.”

Louise Erdrich
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Propaganda Exam

There will be two sections on the propaganda exam this Wednesday: one in which you match authors to their quotes and one in which you write massively well-developed responses to four paragraph-length questions taken from the list below. You should be prepared to answer each question with specific information from our notes and discussion and to provide […]

Revising and Perfecting Rhetorical Device Assignments

Formatting and Proofreading Please pay attention to formatting. The three sections of analysis need to be clearly separated, as do the definition and passage. There is a template you can fill in. It’s not that complicated. Proofread your document. It is simply unacceptable to have multiple errors in capitalization, commas, and other basic issues. It’s […]

Debate Class Debate 1: Gun Control

For our first debate, we’ll debate gun control. These will be the questions: Should the federal government ban “assault weapons”? Would increased gun control decrease gun violence and/or crime? Does the Second Amendment permit increased gun control? Does gun ownership increase personal safety?  

Sanders Essay Assistance

Some assistance for the Sanders essay you’re all so excited to write this weekend. Analysis Essay Notes Topic Sentence Cheat Sheet Annotation of the First Paragraph The prompt is here (on page 9) in the event any of you have misplaced it.   Two sample first draft paragraphs are located below: Sample #1 Sanders opens […]

Propaganda Techniques Quizlet

These are the terms for the quiz on Friday over traditional propaganda terms. “All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.”– Noam Chomsky