l. Compare and contrast Derrick Jensen’s thinking about the modern industrial education
system with Dmnd Foster Wallace’s remarks about the “real” value of an education.
(Hint: first briefly summarize what they have to say about education and then note the
similarities and differences).
2. Compute the wllltingjottrncys of Cheryl Strayed in Wild and Andrew Forstaffle in the
“This American Life“ radio episode “Hit the Road.” What major differences and
similarities do you see in their perambulations?
3. One meaning of the word “wild“-whcn used as an adjective and in reference to
human payclology-is: “not subject to restraint or regulation.” Another definition is
something that goes “beyond nonnal or conventional bounds.” Traditionally, then. to be
wild is to break mics, to transgtess norms. What does it mean to be wild according to
Cheryl Strayed and Robert Bly (specifically in Iron .IoIm)’.’ Do you think these authors
are advocating amoral behavior or do you think they see wildness as useful. even moral?
4. Pick any one of the poems that I gave you as a handout over the past two weelts-not a
poem from All-American Poem-and summarize what the poem is about on the surface
level and then briefly discuss what deeper significance the poem has.
5 Explain what James Tate argues are the critical diffctences between poetry and prose
in his short “Introduction” from The Ben American Poetry I997.
6. Explain Robert BI)/’s argument about a great work of art in his essay from Leaping
Poetry. Be sure to mention the relationship between art and Christian ethics. the
tlltoonscious. and what Bly calls the “leap.”
7. Explain the advice David Foster Wallace offers in his commencement speech to
Kenyon College This is Water. Be sure to mention what Wallace calls 1) the default
V letting. 2) the distinction between the ctmacily to think and choosing what to think about.
3) III inevitability of worship. and 4) your own thoughts about Wallace‘: advice.
i Btplin llteadvice Jonathan Franzen gives in his conunencement speech to Kenyon
Coley “Pain Won’t Kill You.” excerpted from his book of essays Farther A way. Be
ttllllion the between liking (as construed by techno-consumerism) and
III ltowone troubles the possibility of the other. and what Franzrxn thinks we can
t h fill R.
39’_;fi;gAlihtheatl’iee Elizabeth Gilbert gives in her Ted an about the relationship
wtnt writerslartists can do to create distance between
personalities of controllers you’ve met or learned about.
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