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. Describe the overall setting for the story. Why does Munro use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?
2. Explain the role of married women in the 1880s. Conversely, what is the role of unmarried women in the 1880s? What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? Do they have any freedoms that 21st century women do not have?
3. Create a brief character study on Almeda. What does she...
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