What's the Question?

Due Monday, March 17

PART ONE:  Understanding what the question is asking

No matter who asks you a question, particularly in a educational setting, if you know what you're being asked, you're halfway to answering the question.  Let the question guide you.  Don't just skim questions.  Read them carefully for key words that will help you frame your answer.

A.  Re-number the following questions in order of difficulty or complexity and briefly explain your rankings.

B.  In order of difficulty, create a thesis statement for each question that responds to all parts of the questions.  Supply at least two reasons for support.

1.  Which character do you most resemble in Hamlet and why?

2.  What is "Master Harold" ...and the Boys about?

3.  Ultimately, is Hamlet a good son?

4.  How does Shakespeare portray his female characters in comparison to his male characters?

5.  Is Hamlet a boy or a girl?

6.  What stylistic or structural patterns do you notice in Fugard's writing, and what effects do they create?

7.  Why is peanut butter better with jelly?

8.  Why does Hamlet go to fight Laertes when he feels a dread suspicion of a trap?


PART TWO:  Create your own questions

A.  Create one question about Hamlet and one question about "Master Harold" ...and the Boys.  Each question should require a different kind of judgment/opinion statement.

B.  Create thesis statements to respond to your own questions.