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Unformatted text preview: Fantasy and Science Fiction Midterm #1 Overview : While the second midterm and the final (both written in class) will be more comprehensive, allowing you to see several works in relation to each other, this first midterm will allow you to focus more deeply on a few ideas. Works covered include Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses , Gilgamesh, The Last Unicorn, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (excerpts), Kingdom Come . Directions: 1. Choose one or at the most two of the questions below. 2. Write a brief topic proposal identifying your choice and briefly describing your tentative thesis (if it is “nonfiction”) or your concept (if it is a creative writing option). Note : I will not accept a paper whose topic was not approved in advance! Due : Tues 3/2 (or earlier by email if you want to get started early) 3. Once your topic has been approved, write for a combined total of at least 3 full pages and no more than 4 full pages (typed, double-spaced). Please use MLA style and be careful to cite all of your sources, whether you are quoting words or just using ideas. 4. Submit the finished draft to Turnitin.com. Class password: mywork course ID:3139518 5. Submit final draft (neatly typed) at the beginning of class on Thurs 3/9 Questions “Nonfiction” : 1. Several of the works we read present their protagonists with a task that requires them to sacrifice their own desires or master their own fear, pride, anger, or ambition to benefit the larger community. Sometimes the characters face this trial more than once. Discuss how this theme is developed in at least TWO works we have read. What does each work seem to be saying about this basic human problem? What insights are offered? You might also say which work you think handles the question best. Please try to avoid cliché! 2. One significant theme in several of the works we have read is the difficulty of knowing whether to trust one’s own perception of reality—whether it relates to judging another person’s character, or one’s own nature, or the truth of an alternative reality. Usually this difficulty comes with the related challenge of sharing that perception of reality with others. Discuss how this theme is developed in at least TWO works we have read. Discuss how this theme is developed in at least TWO works we have read....
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- Mary Zimmerman, basic human problem, Kingdom Come