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Instructor Sarah Goldfarb Expository Writing 101 Section LH Reading One: Tim O’Brien, “How to Tell a True War Story” Close Reading Assignment: When writing about Tim O’Brien’s piece “How to Tell a True War Story,” think about how to reconcile the many different versions of reality and fiction he presents in order to come to a “truth.” What does the “truth” really consist of, according to O’Brien? How can there be so many contradictory elements within this “truth”? Do not “define” what a true war story is by listing the narrator’s misleading definitions (the narrator is an unreliable one, and O’Brien has him mislead you on purpose). Instead, explain the definition of the truth according to O’Brien’s narrative technique and conflicting descriptions.
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Unformatted text preview: For this assignment, you should focus on strengthening your argument by using examples from the text. Use at least three quotes from the essay in order to support your point of view. You may use phrases such as “I believe,” “my argument is,” etc., but this is not an opinion piece that you are being asked to write. You should aim to make connections between different parts of the story in order to construct your own expository “story,” as it were, about the concept of truth. Minimum page requirement: 2 pages. Maximum page requirement: 3 pages. Due Date: Tuesday, September 9 th , via our class’s sakai site. Format: 12-point Times New Roman font; double-spaced; one-inch margins. All papers must abide by MLA formatting rules....
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