Name: 10 Academic English Period: A Lesson Before Dying Essay Exam: Possible Prompts Due: _______________ Directions: Brainstorm for your upcoming essay exam by creating for each prompt a thesis statement, rough outline, and list of supporting specific evidence and quotes (with page #’s). *Your final essay will be two or three body paragraphs. You need at least 3 specifics examples AND 3 quotes in the whole essay. Some prompts lend themselves to two paragraphs, while others work best with three. You must decide how best to organize. 1. Explain how important males and females in the book influence Grant’s thinking or values. 2. Explore the concept of fate by discussing characters who seem to believe their destinies are controlled by their rulers, the gods, and their own choices. (one character for each belief) Name: 10 Academic English Period: A Lesson Before Dying 3. How does the author, Ernest J. Gaines, reveal the negative influence of racism on the lives of Jefferson and Grant? 4. Explain how Creon, Antigone, or Haemon exhibit the traits of a tragic hero. Argue which character shows the most evidence for being the tragic hero of the play. 5. What religious traditions, cultural beliefs, and moral values are represented in this play?
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