Question 1

The thesis statement of the paper is the changes that have taken place in the history of America and the individual’s reaction to the changes with regards to how they respond to the changes.

Question 2

1. The thesis statement of the papers is about the changes that have taken place in the history of America and how people react to the changes.

2. What influence has the past had on American Literature? 

3. The story Rip Van Winkle played on the idea that the American Dream; what does it say about the dream and what does it say about the American Identity?

4. What overturning of traditions and old ways was portrayed in the story? 

5. Who is the new American that is Rip at the end of the story and how is he changed? 

6. How do those changes relate to in terms of changes in American identity after the Revolution?

7. In what ways might Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” be seen as a message regarding family traditions and conformity to tradition?  

8. In Melville’s story “Bartleby the Scrivener” studies Bartleby as a product of urban development; how does Bartleby refuse to conform and what message about individuality is Melville trying to convey? 

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The above post draft outline shows a clear focus on the article that the paper is responding to. The paragraph that seems to slide off the focus is the paragraph 7. The areas where the topic sentences need work are the paragraphs 3, 4, 7and 8.

Question 3

The specific evidence that the writer provides to explain her or his evidence are

1. Twenty years that embraces the Revolutionary War,

2. Numerous social and political changes

3. The rail road, telegraph lines, and transatlantic steamers made a new world out of the old.

Question 4

The quotation that needs to be integrated include, “world not realized.”  “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Bartleby the Scrivener” and also paragraph 4 of the paper.

Question 5

I like the way the paper is structured. This is because the paper paragraphs starts by asking the questions that is eventually answered in the paragraph. It gives the reader an idea of what the paragraph is expected to address.

Questions 6

1. The contents of the paragraph should be improved to include all the missing information.

2. The paragraphs that are out of focus should be excluded from the paper.

3. More evidence should be given to support the thesis of the paper

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