English 102 In-Class Essays Their Eyes Were Watching God
Please respond to one of the following writing
in a well-developed, clearly organized essay.
You should develop a clear thesis statement, then support
with specific evidence from the actual text.
You should use quotes, paraphrases and summaries, being sure
proper parenthetical citation for each.
You are expected to utilize only the texts themselves; use
sources (including those found in the book itself) is prohibited.
You do not need to use a blue book, but one may be used.
use ripped-out paper from notebooks.
Please write your final copy in dark blue or black ink.
You may write on both the front and back of your paper, but
every other line to allow for the instructor's comments.
You MUST use direct reference to the Hurston texts to
You may use a dictionary, grammar book, and the research
You may bring an outline with you to this exam. NO other
materials will be allowed.
At the beginning of the novel, Nanny tells Janie,
"De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see"
After Janie's trial, another character suggests, "Uh white man and uh
woman is de freest thing on earth" (180). Which of these
perspectives represents a more
accurate reflection of the events that occur over the course of the
Be sure to examine specific characters and situations when supporting
Is Tea Cake Woods a sympathetic character?
Explain by examining his relationship not only with Janie, but also
the other characters in the novel.
Is Nanny a sympathetic character? Are
her actions with regards to Janie appropriate? Explain by
her relationship to Janie throughout Janie's life.
What purpose does storytelling play in this
novel? Examine the role of storytelling in Eatonville as well as down
What, if anything, does this novel have to say
about race relations in America during the time of its
Be sure to refer to several different situations in which race becomes