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Prof. Courage: ENG102 - Essay #2: Your Assignment

This guide is for students in ENG102 with Prof. Courage who are working on Essay #2.

Your Assignment

THIS IS NOT THE COMPLETE ASSIGNMENT. See your course shell for examples of topics. 

Essay #2.

Write an literary analysis essay:

  • Minimum 1250 words long (~5 double spaced pp)
  • Using one of more of the short stories from your readings
  • Include at least 2 secondary sources (books, articles or websites) that provide biographical, historical, literary critical or other useful perspectives on the story or stories you are analyzing.
  • MLA format including properly quoted and paraphrased evidence from the stories and secondary sources plus a complete Works Cited list.

You will also be preparing

  • Annotated Bibliographies for each of your secondary sources. Due before Essay #2.


For additional information on your assignment and due dates first check your course shell in BlackBoard. If you cannot find the information there, then ask Prof. Courage


Photograph of Actress and Union Spy Pauline Cushman

[Actress and Union spy Pauline Cushman in uniform with sword], ca 1865. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ppmsca-52208 [P&P].         

Examples of Literary Analysis

*This novella is NOT one of your reading options

Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor (2015, Tor Books)

Examples of Potential Topics:

  • What are the special talents, abilities, or gifts shown by Binti that were the reasons for her being accepted at Oozma University?
  • While Binti travels to another planet to attend university, are there ways that her experiences as an immigrant student are similar to many who remain on Earth?
  • In what ways is the character Binti a reflection of author Nnedi Okorafor's own multi-cultural background?


book cover of Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

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