The America Play, and Other Works Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss and describe the life and career of playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. When did Parks begin writing? What led her to the world of drama?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the philosophies and techniques presented in "Possession" and "Elements of Style." What elements of form dictate content, according to the author?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss postmodernism in literature and the role of the "other," and analyze how these terms apply to "An Equation for Black People Onstage" and the philosophies of Suzan-Lori Parks.

Essay Topic 4

Describe and analyze the principle characters in "Snails." What are the objectives and characteristics of each character?

Essay Topic 5

Define and analyze metaphor and symbolism in "Snails." What can the cockroach and Naturalist be seen as symbols of in society? Why?

Essay Topic 6

Describe and analyze the themes, characters and actions in the short play "Third Kingdom." What is the setting of this play?

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