English 208:
Discussion Questions 1

Joseph Stella Old Brooklyn Bridge

Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Directions: After reading the lecture, answer one of the questions below. This answer is due no later than Thursday, Feb. 15.

A well thought out answer will probably be two or three substantial paragraphs (250-350 words on average).

Your responses to other students' answers are due by midnight on Sunday, Feb. 18. Remember: in order to get the full 20 points, you MUST respond thoughtfully to at least 2 other people's postings.

Respond thoughtfully to other people's postings. Just saying "I agree" or "I disagree" does not constitute a thoughtful response. Add to the discussion with very specific, concrete examples (some from the texts, some from personal experience); it's also a good idea to ask questions which will further the discussion.

This set of discussion questions is worth a possible 20 points. Late answers receive 0 points, so post early :)

More details, with sample questions and answers, can be found on the Discussion Board itself, under the heading "Info on Discussion Questions." Please read this carefully so you know how to get the most points for the discussions.

We will be using the Canvas Discussion Board for this class. Click on the link below to get to the Canvas portal, sign in, and then click on the box for this class. You will find the "Discussions" link on the left side of the screen:

Discussion Board


Just answer one of the following questions.

1. This novel has created controversy because some consider it racist. Is this a racist novel? If so, explain what is racist about it. If not, explain why not. Give specific examples and direct quotes from the novel to support your ideas.

2. The Mississippi River is one of the greatest symbols in the novel. Explain what the river represents, symbolically, in the novel. Give specific examples and direct quotes from the novel to support your ideas.

3. In Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman paints an optimistic portrait of the United States as a glorious, democratic place, full of human potential and endless possibilities. In Huck Hinn, does Mark Twain paint the same picture of the United States? Give specific examples and direct quotes from the novel to support your ideas.


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