will submit one response paper for each reading.
Response papers should be submitted the day we
cover the particular reading (unfortunately, I
do NOT accept late response papers). Each response
paper should be at least one page typed (single-spaced)
and each should include answers to the following
What is the point-of-view in the story (first,
second, or third person)?
2) Is the story in present tense or past tense?
3) Is the narrator the story's central character
or does she function primarily as an observer
of the story's characters and action?
4) Where and when does the story take place? How
does the author establish the setting? Through
action? Through description of the characters?
Through dialogue? Is there any symbolic significance
to the setting?
5) How much dialogue is there in the story? What
purposes does the dialogue serve?
When does the author use summary rather than dialogue?
6) What is the story's plot? More specifically:
What is the central conflict? When and how is
that conflict introduced? How is the conflict
Where does the story reach its climax? Is the
conflict resolved and, if so, how is that resolution
conveyed to the reader? Is there any ambiguity
to the story's resolution?
8) How has the author structured the story? Does
the action move forward in a straight line? Are
there flashbacks in the story and, if so, what
function do those flashbacks serve? Does the author
ever leap forward in time or interrupt the chronological
progression of the story in any way?
9) What images, ideas, or phrases reoccur in the
story? Do any of the characters have attributes
that serve as symbols? Does the story make use
of symbols? If so, do the symbols carry or merely
reinforce the meaning of the story?
10) Does the story have a theme? What is the story's
theme? Are there other themes suggested as well?
How fully is the theme developed in the course
of the story? How apparent is the theme when one
first reads the story? Where
and how does that theme become most apparent?
How didactic is the story -- that is, to what
extent does the story seem to offer a lesson,
to instruct the reader regarding morality? Is
the author interested in simply presenting the
complexity of a particular circumstance or emotional
state, or does he suggest how one should and shouldn't