ENG101 - Critical Reading & Writing

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Freshmen Summer Reading

Here is your summer assignment! Look to the left for an image of BOTH books.

ASSIGNMENT #1

You are to answer all five questions for The Hobbit. This may seem like a lot of work, but if you take it in stages, you should be able to complete it without the task being too taxing. 

DUE: AUGUST 13, 2017

Summer Reading Assignment for

The Hobbit

1.      Select 5 literary devices that you discover as you read. Write out the literary device, the sentence that contains the literary device, and a brief explanation (3 -4 sentences) as to the effect each literary device creates. Suggested devices: metaphor, foreshadowing, allusion, imagery, onomatopoeia, and symbolism.


2.      Select 5 quotes as you read that you find particularly meaningful, interesting, or important to the plot/meaning of the novel. Write out each quote and a brief analysis of each. Why is each quote so important/interesting?


3.      Describe the character/person that changed the most from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. Explain the change and its cause (80-100 words).


4.      Describe a minor character/person in the book that had major importance to the plot/essential meaning. Explain why (80-100 words).


5.      List one possible theme of the novel, and a brief explanation of how it applies (3-4 sentences). Remember that theme is a truth about life experience, or an insight about human nature. (Do a little research on google for common themes, and see which of them sounds like a possibility for this book.)




YOU SHOULD SUBMIT THIS ASSIGNMENT ON TURNITIN.COM WHEN YOU ARE DONE. FINISH IT EARLY IF YOU LIKE! YOU WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DO THIS BY JULY 1. 


ASSIGNMENT #2

                 Summer Reading Assignment for
                            Mythology

In addition to the summer assignment referenced above you are also to read selections of Mythology and complete the assignment that has been emailed to youThere will also be a test on this material the first day of class.

Mythology Sections Required:

Part One 
I. The Gods: The Titans and the Twelve Great Olympians (p. 21-37)
II. The Two Great Gods of Earth (p. 53-76)
III. The Earliest Heroes: The Cyclops Polyphemus (p. 103-109)

Part Two 
I. Cupid and Psyche (p. 121-132)
III. The Quest of the Golden Fleece (p. 156-174)
IV. Four Great Adventures: Phaethon (p. 175-179)

Part Four 
I. The Trojan War (p.248-268)

Part Six 
II. Brief Myths Arranged Alphabetically (p. 407-424)


Your written work on these excerpts has been emailed to your parents as an ATTACHED DOCUMENT. Please print it out, and complete it by hand. It is due on the first day of class.