Module 5 Response Assignment The Textbook is uploaded as a pdf file under The No

Module 5 Response Assignment
The Textbook is uploaded as a pdf file under The Norton Introduction to Literature
Module 5 Video: John Updike’s “A&P” URL :
Module 5 Reading Assignment: KateChopin.jpg
Ch. 3 “Narration and Point of View” p. 169-173
Ch. 4 “Character” p. 210-214
Ch. 6 “Symbol and Figurative Language” p. 380-385
Kate Chopin: “The Story of an Hour” p. 568-570
“Initiation Stories” p. 145
John Updike: “A & P” p. 163-168
“From ‘An Interview with John Updike’” p. 168
(Note: The Point of View Exercise in this Module is NOT part of the graded Module 5 Questions. It is simply a practice exercise.)
The Module 5 Prompts are below, but first…
This module response assignment has a special/important requirement:
You must quote at least one sentence (or most of a sentence) from one of these two secondary sources:
“Initiation Stories” on page 145 of our text.
The Interview portion of our “John Updike’s “A & P” video. (Click on “Transcript” on the video page to get to the text to copy.)
Answers to likely frequently asked questions:
Yes, you may quote more than one sentence–but don’t go overboard. I’m just looking to see that you know how to do this and to see how well you do it with the one quote you select.
NO, you do not need a Works Cited with this particular assignment. (I know where you are getting the quotes.) We work on Works Cited stuff in the upcoming modules, so I’ll wait until then to cover the how-to’s.
You should use the handout “1302 Basics of In Text Citation Updated 2021 (How to Quote!)” found in the Essay 2 Folder as your main resource for how to properly incorporate your selected quote into your response.
Yes, your response should still meet the rest of the requirements on the “1302 Module Response Instructions and Grading Rubric” page. Particularly, it should: Start with the Thesis labeled at the top, be approximately 225-400 words, and also utilize a few quotes from the story itself.
The Prompts: Choose ONE of the following:
1. A turning point in the story–one that prepares us to leave the long exposition section and foreshadows the ending–is when then narrator (Sammy) announces, “Now here comes the sad part of the story” and adding, “[t]hen everybody’s luck begins to run out” (165). Is the climax of the story as significant as this sounds? Does the tone of Sammy’s telling of the story match the events?
2. This brief incident at the grocery store involves both younger and older females and males, married or not. How does Sammy’s view of these people suggest the theme of growing up or predict the options in life of the various people?
3. How does the setting of the story shape the initiation and its meaning? How do details about the merchandise or space contribute to the story? Do any of these details stand out as particularly true to life?
4. A child, teenager, or adult will have different perspectives on the same situations, and initiation stories often dramatically reveal such differences in the way characters (and narrators) respond. How does knowing Sammy’s age affect your understanding of the “initiation” taking place in “A & P”?
5. How fully does Updike draw the character of Sammy? What traits (admirable or otherwise) does Sammy show? How do these traits contribute to his undergoing an “initiation”? Is he any less a hero for wanting the girls to notice his heroism?
A reminder from the “Module Response Instructions and Grading Rubric”: Keep in mind that you do not necessarily need to address every issue brought up in a prompt. The ideas in each prompt are meant to illicit a thoughtful, unified response guided by your thesis.
Textbook is called The Norton Introduction to Literature and is uploaded as a pdf