Quotation Requirements: In your seminar paper, include some quotations introduced by a brief signal phrase and a comma, and some quotations introduced by a full idea-containing sentence of your own and a colon. Avoid using quotations longer than four of your typed lines of text; this short seminar paper is too short for such long quotations. If you truly, truly can’t possibly quote less and still make your point, use the correct format for long quotations. You will find it in Trimble’s “Quotation” chapter, and there is a link online in our Unit 4 module.
- Confusions: Introduce a passage or phrase that you didn’t understand very well, and speculate about what it might mean.
- What does the cave stand for in Plato's allegory? Make a list of the other elements in the allegory-chains,light,darkness, and so on- and explain what they represent.
- connections: Though George Orwell, in "shooting an elephant" is a different kind of leader than the rulers in Plato's allegory, he is in position of authority. Do you think there are points of connection between the two essay in this area? Can you consider Orwell's reflectoin on his actions and the tangle of motivations behind them in light of Plato's discussion of the potentially conflicting motivations of rulers?
- Fill in this sentence template: Although Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” seems to be about ____X____, it is really about __Y____. Now write a short paragraph explaining why you think the essay might really be about Y.
- Create an analogy of your own, using this template: ___(abstract idea)___ is like ______(specific situation or action or thing)___ because _(some reasons that X is like Y) ___. Now write a short paragraph explaining your analogy in more detail.
Grading: Each seminar paper is worth 10 points, as follows:
- It shows that you have read the entire text, and it shows an accurate comprehension of the text (2.5 pts).
- It answers the questions fully and deeply, presenting examples and discussing them, showing involvement in and curiosity about the reading (3 pts).
- It includes the required references to the text, and the mechanics of quotation, paraphrase, or summary are correct (2.5 pts).
- The writing is proofread and there are no major grammatical errors (2 pts).