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Part I: *This prompt should be a minimum of 100 words (a good-sized paragraph).

Part I:
*This prompt should be a minimum of 100 words (a good-sized paragraph).

Part I:
*This prompt should be a minimum of 100 words (a good-sized paragraph).
*a title for your post (this is a good place to try out a fun title for potential papers);
*a key word or textual echo
*any explanation of how you arrived at this key word, set-up, framing, or follow-up these questions require to make your question clear for your readers;
*textual evidence in the form of direct quotations from the text;
*page numbers or passages that might anchor or enrich discussion; and
*1-2 strong interpretive questions focused on a specific keyword or set of textual echoes.
At the start of the prompt, write the keyword or textual echo you are tracking and capitalize it. Note: writing good discussion prompts is hard work because they should lead to strong interpretive questions. It often requires you to do a lot of analysis in advance, as you’ll see from the models below.
Examples: Here are some brief models for the body of a discussion post (neither of which are texts in this course):
[on Don DeLillo’s White Noise]
Disaster. What does Jack’s remark that “Every disaster made us wish for more, for something bigger, grander, more sweeping” (64) say about the relation between disasters and the media? See also pp. 146 and 162. Do disasters resist or invite mediation? On the one hand, disasters seem to resist mediation: what could be less predictable or formulaic than a sudden disaster? On the other hand, disasters are the quintessential TV event. Explain this apparent paradox.
[on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park]
Home. What are the implications of the narrative voice saying “She was home. But alas! it was not such a home” (355)? How does Austen represent home as not just a physical space, but rather complicates it to give rise to questions of identity? In other words, how does the concept of home change as Fanny grapples with the space that she occupies in the family? Moreover, though Fanny is constantly reminded that she is not a Bertram and that she occupies a much lower rank, she nevertheless starts to see Mansfield Park as a home. How does her position as insider-outsider both in Portsmouth and Mansfield Park complicate how she takes up space?
Part 2:
*This analysis should be a minimum of 100 words (a good-sized paragraph).
*Draft a brief analysis of the novel that compares it to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
*You might choose to focus on a key word that the novels have in common.
*You might choose to focus on characters that overlap.
*You might choose to focus on events that overlap in the novels and explore their similarities/differences.
*Try to make a claim (argument) about what you notice. What changes or choices does Baker make that alter your understanding of Pride and Prejudice?

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