Title: Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume A and B
By: Baym, Nina, 8th Ed
Answer each of the following discussion questions. Each response should be at least 250.
Document it according to MLA guidelines.
For each answer, remember to respond accordingly:
–Use the words of the question in your response.
–Use your mind, not your feelings.
–If the question has a quotation, focus on it.
–If the question does not have a quotation, find an appropriate one and focus on it instead.
–Always, always stay focused and stay textual.
1. In Anne Bradstreet’s poem, “The Prologue,” she writes:
I am obnoxious to each carping tongue
Who says my hand a needle fits
A poet’s pen all scorn I should thus wrong
For such despite they cast on female wits:
If what I do prove well, it won’t advance,
They’ll say it’s stol’n, or else it was by chance.
In the context of this poem and the other poems we read, what exactly do you think Bradstreet means here? (10 points)
In the context of her religious situation, what does this poem say about her audience?
2. Find a specific passage in Mary Rowlandson’s A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration that exemplifies her attitude toward her captors and her religious faith. Then, write it into this exam and explain why it exemplifies her attitude. (10 points)
3. In this course thus far, we have looked at how the Puritans put a definitive stamp on the moral, religious, and intellectual character of this nation. In that context, how does Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” either explain those Puritan origins or how does it demonstrate a rebellion against those origins. (10)
4. In the context of our readings thus far, how is Hester Prynne a uniquely American heroine? Please remember to be very specific and very textual in your response.
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