Lord of the Flies question: One subject of interest in Lord ofthe Flies is leadership. Two leaders emerge on the island. Ralph, one ofthese leaders, holds council meetings and lays out rules for speaking duringthe meetings and for getting needed tasks done. Jack, the other leader, becomesa hunter and gradually persuades other boys to join him and follow hisinstructions. These two boys have different ways of leading and differentgoals. In an extended response, compare and contrast Ralph’s way of leading andJack’s way of leading. Then, consider how the novel ends. What might theauthor, William Golding, be suggesting about the most effective way to leadothers? In other words, what does the novel have to say about the subject ofleadership?
As you answer, use a five-paragraph structure. Introduce the work andyour thesis in the first paragraph. Then deal with Ralph’s leadership in the secondparagraph and with Jack’s leadership in the third paragraph. In your fourthparagraph, explain the theme about leadership you see in the novel. Finally,conclude your essay with a brief paragraph in which you make your thesisstatement clear once again. Throughout your response, use details from thenovel to support your ideas.
The Mousetrap question: Agatha Christie was amaster of suspenseful writing. In TheMousetrap, she uses the play’s setting, the events of the plot, and aflurry of false facts to build and sustain suspense. What is the effect ofthese techniques? Write an extended response in which you explain what suspenseis and why it matters in mystery writing. Then consider how each of these threetechniques contributes to the play’s suspense.
As you answer, use a five-paragraph structure. Introduce the work andexplain what suspense is and why it matters in the first (introductory)paragraph. End this first paragraph with a thesis about Christie’s use of thethree techniques of suspense. Then, in the second paragraph, discuss settingand suspense. In the third paragraph, discuss how the plot events buildsuspense. In the fourth paragraph, deal with how false information createssuspense. Finally, conclude your essay with a brief paragraph in which you makeyour thesis statement clear once again. Throughout your response, use detailsfrom the play to support your ideas.