Answer one question from 1 and 2, and then a second question, from 3 and 4. Eac


Answer one question from 1 and 2, and then a second question, from 3 and 4. Each essay should be a minimum of 500 words long and no longer than 1000 words.
You should only use the texts, your notes and thoughts on lecture and discussion. Outside sources of any kind are neither required nor permitted. Essays that attempt to pass off material from websites or any other non-sanctioned source (that is, anything besides your notes from lecture, discussion and the texts themselves) will be subject to discipline as instances of academic dishonesty.
1. Du Bois originally intended to conclude his text with chapter 13: “Of the Coming of John.” He added the final chapter (14: “The Sorrow Songs”) at the urging of his editor. Construct an argument in which you defend chapter 14 as a suitable conclusion that sums up the key themes of the text. In making your argument, you should refer in detail to at least three other chapters of the work.
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2. Du Bois was invited to write a reflection on the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Souls of Black Folk. He declined to change the text, but he did say the following: “My college training did not altogether omit Karl Marx. . . . But today I see more clearly than yesterday that back of the problem of race and color, lies a greater problem . . . the fact that so many civilized persons are willing to live in comfort even if the price of this is poverty . . . of the majority.” Select two chapters in DuBois and argue for why incorporating Marx’s class analysis would strengthen the case DuBois is making in those chapters.
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3. If you were teaching both The Souls of Black Folk and Incognegro, but could only assign three chapters of Du Bois’s text to your students, which three chapters would you assign that would best explain, comment upon or otherwise illuminate the various stories contained within Mat Johnson’s graphic novel? Good answers will explain in detail how particular chapters in Du Bois help us understand specific elements of Johnson’s book.
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4. Early in Incognegro, Zane says that “race is just a bunch of rules meant to keep us on the bottom.” When he says “us” he’s referring to Black people. Does the graphic novel give us enough information to make the same claim about gender—that is, that gender is just a bunch of rules meant to keep women on the bottom?
GRADING RUBRIC
F = Failure to turn in exam / turn in an exam with plagiarized elements / turn in something that is an obvious evasion of any effort to engage with the readings or ideas in the course to this point
D = Exam consists incoherent fragments instead of complete ideas. It shows little to no familiarity with the topics from lecture and misunderstands basic details from the texts themselves.
C = Exam has some coherent ideas that address the questions, sometimes indirectly. It shows some familiarity with concepts from lecture and has a basic grasp of the texts. The exam may be confused about key elements in the texts and may betray a sometimes shaky grasp of basic concepts discussed so far in lectures. Exam doesn’t refer very often to specifics from the text.
B = Exam has clear ideas that directly address the questions. Exam demonstrates a solid understanding of the ideas from lecture and shows an ability to apply those ideas to the texts. Exam uses textual evidence (either in the form of quotes or simply referring to the texts in a detailed way that shows the student has read and understood the text) well in support of its ideas.
A = Exam has clear and persuasive ideas that directly address the questions. Exam shows thorough mastery of ideas from lecture and has a clear, accurate understanding of the texts. Exam is able to apply ideas from lectures to other passages that were not discussed in lectures. In other words, an A exam so thoroughly understands concepts that it can freely talk about how they appear throughout the texts.
Other distinguishing characteristics. “A” exams might employ and rebut counterarguments to deepen the exam’s demonstration of a central argument. “A” exams often will use textual examples that did not feature prominently in lecture. “A” exams are free of misunderstandings about the texts. “A” exams can see and discuss more than one side of an issue, while still staking out a position and defending it.
NOTE:
Pick Question 1 or 2 and 3 or 4 (So there will be two questions that will be answered
Refer only to the text and show that your read the book
Answer the questions appropriately
Please aim to get A as there is a grading rubric to guide you how to get an A


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