English 1A Essays: Fall 2017

First Essay: Value of College

Discuss the value of a college education. Is college worth the amount of money and time we spend on it? What college supposed to accomplish? What should college accomplish and how might community colleges and universities in California be improved, if necessary, to better suit their students?

 

 

For evidence in supporting details in body paragraphs, use examples from assigned reading and from experience. Beyond assigned reading, you do not and should not need to use outside sources for this assignment.

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Second Essay: Family Values, Roots, Divorce, and on and on

Vonnegut spends a good deal of time writing about his family. What family values does he consider important? What values are important? Why are they important? Define those values, with examples, and explain why they're important to our culture. Compare and contrast those values with K's.

For evidence in supporting details in body paragraphs, use examples from assigned reading and from experience. Beyond assigned reading, you do not and should not need to use outside sources for this assignment.

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Third Essay: Censorship, Politically Correct Language, and Obscenity

What does obscene language represent and why do people find it offensive? Why do people use polite words and politically correct language? What is politically correct language? Provide some examples.

Think of Vonnegut's remarks in "The First Amendment" here. Consider also the effect of obscenity in language, particularly in "The Big Space Fuck." How is the language used reflective of social conditions?

If the First Amendment grants free speech, how can congressionally established organizations such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) restrict freedom of speech on public airwaves?

In the body of your essay consider how the Supreme Court reconciles this discrepancy. Comment on the 'three prong test" by discussing rules "community standards."

 

Finally, in your concluding paragraphs, consider the effects of euphemism, politically correct speech, and censorship on language. How is language changed as a result? What happens when information is withheld or language is changed?

 

For evidence in supporting details in body paragraphs, use examples from assigned reading and from experience.

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Fourth Essay: Free Speech and Hate

Write a 1000-1200 word essay which discusses Free Speech.

Begin by reflecting on the first amendment of the United States Constitution, which says, "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press," and consider why restrictions on free speech exist.

If the First Amendment is the law of the land, then how and why can city councils or university administrations prohibit organizations from speaking and assembling in public areas?

For example, should groups with extreme views be allowed to assemble and air their views, even if such views incite violence? How can the public safety be protected and free speech protected?

Your thesis in this essay should be a 1-2 sentence statement which explains whether restrictions on free speech are justified, and if so under what conditions such restrictions should be applied.

For evidence in supporting details in body paragraphs, use examples from assigned reading and from experience. Beyond assigned reading, you do not and should not need to use outside sources for this assignment.

 

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