Name: Jeffrey Canido 02/11/2016 Close Reading Assignment Worth up to 30 pts. ENGL 101 Due Thursday, 2/11 in class Type your answers in black font, Times New Roman, size 11 or 12. Bring 2 final typed copies to class: one for turn-in to me, and one for group work. Ecopy: You will also upload an ecopy on canvas. I will give you time in class on Thursday, so bring it on your flashdrive, too. An ecopy is mandatory for grading your assignment. Staple if necessary Assignment: Below is an excerpt* from Brian Doyle’s essay entitled, Joyas Volardores . For this assignment, answer the four questions/directives that follow the reading. Answer in full paragraph form (i.e. no bullet lists). Remember to first annotate in order to read closely. Use your notice and focus skills to help you here, too. *Don’t read the entire essay online before doing this assignment. It could cause you many problems in your assignment. ...Hummingbirds, like all flying birds but more so, have incredible enormous immense ferocious metabolisms. To drive those metabolisms they have race-car hearts that eat oxygen at an eye-popping rate. Their hearts are built of thinner, leaner fibers than ours. Their arteries are stiffer and more taut. They have more mitochondria in their heart muscles—anything to gulp more oxygen. Their hearts are stripped to the skin for the war against gravity and inertia, the mad search for food, the insane idea of flight. The price of their ambition is a life closer to death; they suffer more heart attacks and aneurysms and ruptures than any other living creature. It’s expensive to fly. You
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