Skip to main content

Mansfield University... Developing Tomorrow's Leaders First Year Experience




Contact Us

Assignment Questions? Contact Nancy Clemens @ nclemens@mansfield.edu.

SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT:

Essay Instructions: Choose one of the following questions and write a 500 word essay in response. Develop a point of view on the issue presented in the question and support your point of view using reasoning and examples from your reading, experience, and/or observations. Use one-inch margins, 12-point font, and double space your essay. Use MLA format for citing quotations. [See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/11/ for the MLA style guide.]

Print out your paper, staple it, and bring it to your first FYS class.

1.Alexie's novel examines Junior's life in terms of his private, personal identity and how it at times conflicts with his broader social identity. Use examples from the novel to demonstrate how Junior negotiates these different sides of himself. You may briefly discuss a time in your own life when you also reflected on how you saw yourself and how others saw you or comment on the ways everyone faces times when they must move between a personal and social identity. Support your argument using specific examples from the novel, and cite them using MLA citation format.

2. In many ways one of the novel's major themes is loss. Write an essay in which you explore the various losses that Junior has to endure and discuss how he copes with those losses. (Because this is a short paper, focus on one or two representative examples.) How does Junior find the resilience to overcome these losses, and what can his example show the rest of us? Support your argument using specific examples from the novel, and cite them using MLA citation format.

3. All people must learn to adapt to their society's conventions in order to get along. Most of a society's rules are reflected in its written laws, but there can also be unwritten rules that guide human interactions on a more personal level. Think about the way in which Indians on the rez dealt with threats from other Indians. How did the "Indian/rez" way of dealing with threats differ from the "White" way that Arnold encountered at Rearden High School?  Why do you think there is a difference between the two? Support your argument using specific examples from the novel, and cite them using MLA citation format.

Student Resources


Library Tours

Information Desk
(570) 662-4671

Library Website

Diversity/Multicultural Affairs

Alan Zellner
Social Equity/Multicultural Affairs Officer
123 Alumni Hall
(570) 662-4071
ezellner@mansfield.edu

Multicultural Affairs Website

WebAdvisor/Technology Help

Campus Technologies-Help Line
(570) 662-4357
Ground Floor Memorial Hall

Campus Technologies Website

Desire2Learn Help

Tamela Bastion
Instructional Technology/Campus Technologies
105 Memorial Hall
(570) 662-4857
tbastion@mansfield.edu

Campus Safety

MU Police Department
Ground Floor Doane Center
(570) 662-4900
police@mansfield.edu

Police Website

Red Zone

Stephanie Allen
Women's Center
(570) 662-4939
sallen@mansfield.edu

Women's Center Website

Student Affairs

Donna Miner
3M Alumni Hall Student Center
570 662-4342
dminer@mansfield.edu

Student Affairs Website

Residence Life

Bonnie Phelps
Residence Life Central Office
120 Pinecrest Manor
(570) 662-4934
bphelps@mansfield.edu

Residence Life Website

(object placeholder)

Mansfield University is a proud member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC)

Pennsylvania's Premier Public Liberal Arts University