Read Kristof’s “Saudi’s in Bikinis” (272) then answer these following questions:

 

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1. What Were Your“Gut Reactions” to the Works as You First Read Them? This section is not about facts, objective analysis, or even interpreting the abstract; rather, it is all about the first impression—“gut” reactions—you specifically had upon first reading the piece.

 

2. Distinctions – Identifying the lines of demarcation between the works and ideas within the works, which is embracing complexity! What makes the works different from one-another—in terms of the authors’ biographies, the contexts of the works, or the works themselves? Look for uniqueness.

 

3. Systems – Look at the parts and the whole that comprise systems. The ideas and specific details of each work do not exist in isolation, as they are part of larger systems (social, political, economic, ideological, etc) that the work represents, draws from, or influences.

 

4. Relationships – What Connects the Works? What parallels, or connections, do you see among the works? What points of agreement or disagreement do they have on the surface (explicitly stated)? What about beneath the surface (implied)?  Do you see any “common denominators” running through any combination of these readings? For this section, think in terms of the shaded section of a Venn Diagram. Think creatively, and explain your rationale for the connections you make

 

5. Perspectives – Attempting to understand and appreciate where the author/speaker is coming from, which translates into respect, empathy, tolerance, and personal and social responsibility. What does the work teach, either implicitly or explicitly, about such areas I’ve just listed? Furthermore, how did the works personally impact your understanding of other beliefs, cultures, or places?  

 

6. What “rhetorical mode” is the piece listed under (i.e. in what chapter of the book does each work appear), and how effectively does the piece represent that mode? Use specific details from the chapter/rhetorical mode introduction to explain how a particular narrative essay, for example, demonstrates the rhetorical mode of narration. Also, discuss what other modes are used in conjunction with that mode and provide examples. Using the narrative essay as an example again, do you see the rhetorical modes of “description” or “exemplification” (examples) being used by the author?       

 

7. What Ideological, Philosophical, Political and/or Spiritual Content Emerges in the Works? In contrast to the “concrete” material in the works that can be obtained through observation and factual information (like section II and III above), this section asks you to examine ideas essentially—which are less tangible and harder to nail-down with absolute certainty. Your job is to use “inference” (assumptions about the unknown based on the known) and examples in order to make the case for the existence of abstract content. It is safe to say that each work contains some degree of at least one of the areas listed above; so, once you identify the presence of this abstract content, then discuss it at length, interpret it, and argue for or against what the author proposes in his or her ideological/philosophical/political/spiritual assertions.  

 

8. What about the work did you find shocking, ironic, profound, difficult to accept, or generally disturbing? If nobody in your group could find anything that fits the above description, discuss why and/or what makes the work so pleasant, harmonious, simple, non-controversial, or generally satisfying.

 

9. whhich Motion Pictures, Works of Visual Art/Music, or Other Literary Works (Novels, Poems, Plays) Do You Associate With These Assigned Readings? Be selective if you’d like and think outside the box (or the book, rather) for connections to works of art that go well beyond the assigned readings or even all the other works in the text for that matter! Does the work generate any other associations in your mind?

 

 

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