Phil 105 F19: Essay Prompt

Essay Prompt: Your assignment is to write a 3-5 page essay in which you apply our analysis of existentialism and phenomenology developed in class to one other author. From the textbook you should select the reading from either Miguel De Unamuno Y Jugo (pp. 257-294) or Ralph Ellison (pp. 495-505). Read that selection. Then write an essay in which you summarize that reading and answer the following questions:
  1. In what way is this author and existentialist or phenomenologists? That is, why does it make sense that this author was included in an anthology of existentialists? 
  2. How does the author's nationality or ethnicity influence their perspective on existentialism? That is, when we look at de Beauvoir we can see her using existentialism and phenomenology to bring attention to the specific impact that being a woman has on one's lived experience. To what extent does your author engage in similar work with respect to their nationality or ethnicity?
  3. How does the author's perspective on existentialism differ from the perspective of other prominent existentialists?
In developing your essay, you should be sure to summarize the selection before you answer the questions identified above. Your essay should be typed, double-spaced in 10-12 point legible font. A hard copy of the final draft of the essay is due in class on Wednesday, December 11. In addition to the final draft, you must also bring two copies of a draft of your essay to class for in-class peer editing on Wednesday, December 4

Grading Criteria for Essays: The goal for the student is to provide evidence that s/he has read and considered the course material and is able to write intelligibly about the concepts covered therein. You want to identify the prompt to which you are responding and provide evidence that you have understood the material. 

To earn an A, your responses provide evidence of the ‘B’ standards below, plus that you have really thought about the concepts covered in the reading and lectures: 
  • You use very original examples to illustrate the concepts of the reading. 
  • You apply very specific events or discussions from the reading to some new situation. 
  • Your writing is excellent and/or your style is very interesting 
To earn a B or higher, your responses provide evidence of your having read and comprehended the material. In addition to the ‘C’ standards below: 
  • You apply ideas from the reading to correspondent ideas presented in the classroom. 
  • You use examples from the lectures to illustrate the concepts in the reading. 
To earn a C or higher, your responses provide evidence of your having read and comprehended the material. 
  • You answer correctly all basic questions about the main ideas and characters. 
  • You show recognition of all main ideas or characters’ names and their respective associations. 
  • You correctly identify all concepts introduced or reviewed in the reading. 
  • You correctly identify and apply all terms from the reading and lectures. 
  • Your writing is relatively free from spelling and grammatical errors. 
  • You use examples from the reading or lectures to illustrate your answers. 
To earn a D or higher, your responses provide some evidence of your having read, thought about, and comprehended the material: 
  • You answer correctly some but not all basic questions about the main ideas. 
  • You show some recognition of main ideas or characters’ names. 
  • You correctly identify some but not all concepts introduced or reviewed in the reading and lectures. 
  • You correctly identify and apply some but not all terms introduced or reviewed in the reading and lectures. 
To earn an F, you provide hardly any or no evidence of having read, considered, and comprehended the material.
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