Choose one (1) of the three (3) reading
selections from the list of topic choices below. The focus is on brief but
important primary source material written by major authors. Read the selections
as identified with each topic below.
Write a three to four (3-4) paragraph essay (250 words) which analyzes
the “surprise ending” of the reading selection.
selection from Descartes’ Discourse on
the Method (Part IV). Descartes begins with a proof of one basic conclusion
and ends with a proof of something much grander. Remember to focus on the
surprise and point of realization, not the details of the philosophical
argument. Read Part IV of the Discourse
on the Method located at http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/authors/descartes.html.This is only four or five (4 or 5) pages of the
selection of Swift’s A Modest Proposal.
It is essential to recognize the genre of this work, as discussed in our class
text, which you should consult and cite. Swift promotes a radical solution, but
subtle options are mentioned. You are looking for surprise and a point of
realization. Read and focus on A Modest
Proposal located at http://www.victorianweb.org/previctorian/swift/modest.html.
(2) reading selections from Voltaire’s Candide.
Consider how these readings start and end in terms of the action and the
beliefs. You are looking for surprise and a point of realization. These selections
can be found on pp. 834-835 in the textbook. In addition, consult the class
text at pp. 815-817.
For the reading selection you choose:
state in your own words the “surprise ending” in the reading you selected.
Clearly identify the point in the reading when you realized that there were
elements in the reading that surprised you. Not all of the surprises come at
how successful the author was in convincing you to accept the validity of the
“surprise ending” that was different from what you expected.
Your assignment must follow these formatting
typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch
margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format.
Check with your professor for any additional instructions. (Note: Students can find APA style
materials located in the course shell for reference)
a cover page containing the tile of the assignment, the student’s name, the
professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the
reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
the source(s) identified above for the topic you choose, focusing on the main
primary source of that author. You may use additional sources also if they are
of good academic quality for college papers (Wikipedia and similar websites do
not qualify). Use proper APA style in-text citing and also a matching APA style
References list at the end.