Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. In the very opening of Act 1, one immediate theme of the play is obvious--that of convicts and the penal system of the United States. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. Compare and contrast the penal system of the United States during the late-1940s and early-1950s to that of the early-21st century.
2. Answer the following questions after conducting some research: How do convicts manage to occasionally escape from what seems to be a...
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