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English 111 Resource: A Take-Home Formal Essay Analyzing Drama

Here is a sample English 111 take-home essay assignment about Lorraine Hansberry’s play,  A Raisin in the Sun. The author of this assignment,  Professor Bollinger, finds that it “works well because it asks students to make predictions based on evidence in the play. This requires deductive reasoning and helps students reflect on the thematic significance of the play’s concluding scene. The speculative nature of the assignment also helped to discourage plagiarism.”

The text of A Raisin in the Sun is available here.


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