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AMER1050 American Studies, Foundations I Final Exam Due Friday, 9 December by 5 pm; please submit a paper copy to the main office of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC), 5.01 Run Run Shaw Tower Choose one of the following four and write *one* short essay of 4 to 5 pages for a total of 1600-2000 words. The following are broad-based topics that are meant to get you thinking. It would be impossible to answer all the questions that they ask in a short space. You are encouraged to narrow your interpretation in any way that you see fit. A. Do you think Mary Rowlandson and Harriet Jacobs share a common definition of "purity"? Choose a quote from each that allows you to compare their views on purity. How would each define it? How do their definitions of purity imply different understandings of God. How do their definitions imply different audiences for their books? B. In the Autobiography , Benjamin Franklin writes about his secret society of the "junto." In your essay, consider the political implications of Franklin's organization (junto)-- please cite quotes from Franklin's text to back up your argument. Do you think that such groups have a positive or negative effect on democracy? How would you compare Franklin’s “junto” to the principles James Madison offers in “Federalist 10” when defining a “republic”? Please note: some quotes about the junto appear below; citations are from the on-line version of Franklin's Autobiography : www.mith2.umd.edu/eada/html/display.php?docs=franklin_autobiography.xml&action=show (available from the website) I should have mentioned before, that, in the autumn of the preceding year, I had form'd most of my ingenious acquaintance into a club of mutual improvement, which we called the JUNTO; we met on Friday evenings. The rules that I drew up required that every member, in his turn, should produce one or more queries on any point of Morals, Politics, or Natural Philosophy, to be discuss'd by the company; and once in three months produce and read an essay of his own writing, on any subject he pleased. Our debates were to be under the direction of a president, and to be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth, without fondness for dispute, or desire of victory; and, to prevent warmth, all expressions of positiveness in opinions, or direct contradiction, were after some time made contraband, and prohibited under small pecuniary penalties. (119) […[
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