Word Chioce Americans and the Land

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Word Choice Assignment (Steinbeck Essay) Instructions Choosing the right words in your essay can make a difference between a good and an exceptional paper. Consider John Steinbeck’s essay, “Americans and the Land” to see how word choice is used. Then, consider how to choose precise and meaningful words in your Explanatory Essay. Word Choice Assignment Read the essay in your textbook (p. 68), and answer the questions below based on the essay. Save your work on this template, then submit as an attachment to the appropriate drop box. “Americans and the Land” In the introduction, Steinbeck shows his views on the early settlers and their attitudes regarding the virgin land. Consider his word choice. List at least three words that demonstrate his contempt for this behavior. What is the author’s intent in using the term, “half-breed children” in the 2nd paragraph on page 69? How does the previous sentence lead you to understand his use of this word? View the paragraph on page 69 that begins: “It is little wonder that they went land-mad…” Notice the verbs in this sentence. List at least three verbs that support this topic sentence and show how the settlers were indeed “land-mad.” Consider the passage on page 69: “The railroads brought new hordes of land-crazy people…” What kind of image does this bring to mind? Does Steinbeck succeed with this imagery? How does he continue this image to the end of the sentence? On page 70, the text discusses the walk among the Sempervirens redwoods and says how “the light colored as though the great glass of the Cathedral at Chartres had strained and sanctified the sunlight.” What strategy is he using here? What does it reveal about the writer’s feelings about what happened to this

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