Please read three articles and answer the questions below:
For “The Walls We Build Around Us” In two paragraphs:
1. We have been considering the role that ethos plays in writing – the character of the writer and the “character(s)” of themselves that writers create by the way that they write — especially when they write about themselves.
2. How does Rowland’s discussion of himself as a writer — his motivations and his self-doubt — affect our perception of his character? And what is his purpose in telling us so much about his own private life and about his need to learn that writing can be private in a piece that is, after all, quite public?
For “Create Dangerously” In two paragraphs:
1. In two paragraphs please do you r best to summarize (synopsize) Camus’ lecture, “Create Dangerously.” What is his purpose in giving the talk? What is the central question (thesis) under consideration? What organizational strategies does he make use of when tackling this question? What are the major sections or divisions of his talk? Does Camus agree or disagree with the approaches to art that he describes in each section? What sort of evidence does he make use of to support or contradict the arguments put forth in each section?
2. Consider these questions and then do your best to answer them in two well-organized paragraphs of your own that flow and structure your summaries and paraphrases of the talk, using quotes where appropriate to support your writing.
For “A Talk to Teachers” In two paragraphs:
1. Baldwin is speaking in America in 1963 and is addressing what is, in that moment, a national crisis. What parts of that situation are different from our current moment and need to be “listened to rhetorically” (p. 5-7 of the AGWR) and translated in order for us to understand his message now as it was understood then?
2. Thinking of ourselves as writers writing to a current audience, what parts of our own context (historical or cultural) do we need to pay special attention to and be careful with when writing about Baldwin in order to shape our own ethos and not be misunderstood by our own audience? Are there problematic issues or differences in language, etc. that we need to handle with sensitivity in order to keep a good ethos with our readers?
For Englishing the Iliad: Grading Four Rival Translations
In two paragraphs:
Please explain the overall structure of Mendelsohn’s review. How does he introduce his topic to the reader? What part of his own arguments or background information does he want the reader to understand before he begins to compare the different translations?
Why do you think he chose this particular organization for his review?