Instructor: Sarah Goldfarb Expository Writing Section LH September 24 th , 2009 Close-Reading Exercise for “Selections from Losing Matt Shepard ” by Beth Loffreda 1. Identify, by quoting directly, phrases in this essay which gesture to Loffreda’s ambivalent attitude towards the amount and type of press the Matthew Shepard case received. 2. How does Loffreda lay out her perspective in this essay? Does she present her analysis of the murder of Matthew Shepard all at once , or does she stagger this analysis , offering it bit by bit, throughout the essay? Do you think her strategy is effective in conveying her point, and why or why not? Use textual examples. 3. How does Loffreda use repetition in this essay? And why does she use this stylistic device? 4. Identify some scenes that Loffreda presents to the reader (i.e. the parade, a memorial service), and then describe the mood these scenes convey. How do you think Loffreda communicated this mood in a nonfiction essay; and how do you think the mood
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