Directions: After having chosen which question you will answer on the upcoming Essay Assignment and having studied the relevant information given by Equiano in his Narrative, clearly state your “answer” or conclusions about the question. Identify by letter which question you are answering (A, B, C, D or E), then in a paragraph or two (150+ words), state and explain your main thesis or theses on the question topic. Also give positive feedback and constructive criticism of at least one other student’s thesis.
After having chosen which question you will answer on the upcoming Essay Assignment and having studied the relevant information given by Equiano in his Narrative, clearly state your “answer” or conclusions about the question. Identify by letter which question you are answering (A, B, C, D or E), then in a paragraph or two, state and explain your main thesis or theses on the question topic.
Based on The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano.
Question Choices(Choose and write on just One):
A) Despite its oppressiveness everywhere, significantly different types of slavery and conditions for slaves existed in the 18th-century Atlantic world. Using Equiano’s experiences and information from his writing, write an essay describing some of the varieties of slavery and circumstances of slaves that he witnessed or experienced. In your opinion, where or what type of slave was it better or worse to be then?
NO QUESTION B
C) The name “Olaudah” implies good fortune, and Equiano considered himself “a particular favorite of heaven.” In what ways was he fortunate? Do you consider him lucky? Why or why not?
D) How was acquiring literacy and education crucial to Equiano’s life?
E) How does Equiano define himself by the time he is writing his book? Is he African? European? How would you most define or identify him as? Why?
Directions: Write an essay of approximately 1,000+ words (about 3-5 typed double-spaced pages) in which you address and answer ONE of the Questions. Type at your essay’s start your Name, Student ID Number, and Letter of the Question on which you are writing.
Always support the accuracy of your statements and conclusions by using information and statements made by Equiano. Base your argument on his own words. Don’t quote or cite much the editor (R. Allison) or anyone else’s secondary statements about Equiano. Base your answers on statements made and information given by Equiano in the primary historical document of his Interesting Narrative. Do not use other sources.
Whenever referring to the book’s contents–whether directly quoting it, paraphrasing it or even just relaying its basic information–always cite your information’s documentary source. Place in parentheses the page number of the book (The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano) where that statement or information appears. Cite page sources for basic information and paraphrases, not just for direct quotations. Its unnecessary to cite page sources for the most basic information, such as he was born in Africa or was an activist in the movement in England to end the Slave Trade; however, anything more particular should have a page source cited within parentheses. For example, if you tell how he and his sister were kidnapped while the village adults were out working or that he met on a ship a friend Dick Baker who began to teach him to read, you should give page citations for where this information appears in the narrative.
WRITING RULES & TIPS: Write clearly, understandably, and grammatically. Write in complete sentences and use paragraphs. Write in past tense about events that occurred in the past.
Correct spelling is required. PROOFREAD carefully to catch and eliminate careless. OOPS–errors!
All essays should have a clear Introduction (including thesis), Body, and Conclusion.
Each essay is worth up to 60 points, based on1) how well and fully the essay addresses the issues in the Question, 2) how skillfully it chooses and presents relevant information from the primary documents, and 3) how well it references the documentary sources. Up to 10 points is based specifically on the essay’s writing standards.
When you have completed your essay and are ready to submit it, open up the Essay Assignment drop box, click the submit file button, browse for your document, and click submit.