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Unformatted text preview: rator’s critique of gentlefolk may be less convincing or
based on fewer examples from the passage. These essays express ideas clearly but lack the maturity,
development, and control of the very best essays.
5 These essays convey a general understanding of the narrator’s attitudes and the style he uses, but
the discussion is more superficial and less convincing than that of the upper-half essays. Though not
inaccurate, discussion tends to be inadequately supported by references to the text. The students
may rely on some paraphrase that contains implicit analysis. The writing is adequate to convey ideas
and not marred by distracting errors, but it is not as well conceived, organized, or developed as
upper- half essays. 4–3 These lower-half essays offer incomplete or oversimplified understanding of the text. Their assertions
about the narrator’s attitudes may be implausible or irrelevant. They may paraphrase rather than
analyze. Often wordy and repetitious, the writing is lacking in control and often marred by stylis...
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