English 102 Class Matters Writing Assignment, due dates coming soon
Answer ONLY TWO questions.
Answer each question as completely as possible. Read the questions carefully. Whenever appropriate, use direct quotes from the books to support your points. Consider a quick outline before you start writing.
- According to CM:
- on the surface, class is less of an issue,
- while in reality the divisions between classes run deeper than ever.
- And, this is unlikely to change.
In your own words, explain why there is a difference between our perception of class and the reality and explain why it is unlikely to change. Evidence from "Shadowy Lines" will help here. Finally, give examples from N&D and/or "15 Years on the Bottom Rung" that support your argument.
- Pretend you're Thomas Friedman. Pretend either Andy Blevins or Jeff Martinelli are sitting across the table from you in a bar. What would you tell them to do? What evidence would you give them to convince them you are right? Evidence from "Untouchables" and the sections dealing with education will be helpful here.
Angela Whitiker crosses over from N&D to the knowledge work of the "Flat World." What friction must she overcome? What makes her a success? What lessons can we learn from her "climb"? What would it take to create more Angela Whitikers?