AMERICAN LITERATURE

1. Jonathan Edwards
If ”Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is read as a story, with plot and all.
Answer (a), (b), and (c) questions.
Who is the protagonist with whom the reader identifies?
Who is the antagonist?
What is the situation?
If it is reads only as an argument, how does Edwards incorporate Enlightenment ideals into his sermon?
2. Benjamin Franklin’s the way to wealth
Answer the following questions in one paragraph
(a). With which sayings do you agree and with which do you disagree? Do any still apply today?
(b). Do any maximums conflict with each other? Which ones and why?
(c). Ultimately, what is the way to wealth?
(d). What major characteristic of the American experience/perspective/mythology might Franklin be creating and/or reinforcing?
3. J. Hector St. John De Crevecoeur’s Letters.
Compare the descriptions and attitudes of the farmers and new immigrants in letter III to that of the slaves depicted in letter IX, and discuss what these comparisons might suggest about the culture at the time during which the letters were written.
4. Thomas Jefferson Declaration of independence
Jefferson states that “the sentiments of men are known not only by what they receive, but what they reject also.” Then he presents an unedited copy of The Declaration which has certain types of sections deleted. Considering the changes to The Declaration, what do the additions and deletions say about American society at its birth as a nation, especially in light of the statement, “We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights: that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…”?
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