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ENGL 1102, “Sound and Script” Essay #1 (Learning outcomes #1, 2, and 7) Topics: Choose one of the following topics: A} August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is populated by characters with unusual names, often nicknames. Only the origins of Slow Drag’s and Ma’s monikers are explained, suggesting that other characters’ names are equally meaningful. Discuss the role of names and naming in the play. B} The catalyst for the deadly violence in August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom are Levee Green’s new shoes. Why does an innocuous part of everyday dress trigger Toledo’s murder? You may devise your own topic. Since this is an original (critical) essay, your topic cannot overlap with our in-class discussions or available secondary sources. Be sure to clear your topic with me well ahead of time. Format: Essay #1 is to be typed using Times New Roman 12-point font, and double- spaced with one-inch margins. In addition, include the following information at the top of the first page: Your full name ENGL 1102, CRN-# Prof. Grandt

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