Part of a series of timed essays, approx. 60mins each, written for an American Lit. class. I included the questions. I will post them all over the next few days. Enjoy (?)

I’ve lost the prompt for this essay. It refers to the various literary forms growing in the 18th century, and how they helped to develop a distinct American Literature. With the 18th century came the decline of Puritanism and the rise of Enlightenment ideals. This ushered a newfound power in the will and ability of […]

Part of a series of timed essays, approx. 60mins each, written for an American Lit. class. I included the questions. I will post them all over the next few days. Enjoy (?)

What are the distinguishing characteristics of the genre of the slave narrative? How was the genre developed, adapted, and modified by African-American writers, such as Harriet Jacobs and Fredrick Douglass? How does the slave narrative compare to the captivity narratives written in the seventeenth century (think, for example, of Mary Rowlandson’s narrative)? The mid-nineteenth-century slave […]

Part of a series of timed essays, approx. 60mins each, written for an American Lit. class. I included the questions. I will post them all over the next few days. Enjoy (?)

The genre of autobiography proved be one of the more popular literary forms available to early American writers. As we have seen, this genre reveals many differences between writers, especially those from separate literary traditions. Examine at least three autobiographical narratives, choosing texts from different literary traditions or periods in our history, and outline contrasts […]

Part of a series of timed essays, approx. 60mins each, written for an American Lit. class. I included the questions. I will post them all over the next few days. Enjoy (?)

Explain why the eighteenth century was called the Age of Experiment and consider the relevance of this term as a description of Benjamin Franklin’s writing. Sprouting directly from the Enlightenment was an emboldened enthusiasm for scientific knowledge to explain worldly phenomena formerly attributed to a spiritual or religious engine. Likewise, the powers of the human […]

The voices sound, the words collide, Arouse and stir up ire. The choice is ours, who’ve heard, to rise above, Or flounder in the fire.   Their breath is rich, and satisfies A mass of famished ears, Whose peckishness facilitates the glut, Which faction fast endears.   They cross the winds at every cusp, Innervate […]