Part One:

Identify the genres of the 9 readings below listed alphabetically by author’s last name, briefly explaining your choice:

  • Chinua Achebe, “Dead Man’s Path”
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “A Private Experience”
  • Joshuah Bearman, “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran”
  • Amy Bloom, “Silver Water”
  • Marianne Boretz, “Commentary on Week 1; Relationships”
  • John Cheever, “Reunion”
  • Jonathan Gottschall, “Fiction Addiction”
  • James Grippando, “Operation Northwoods”
  • Ursula K. LeGuin, The Lathe of Heaven
  1. List them chronologically giving the date of publication from the oldest to the newest date with titles in quotation marks and correct capitalization.
  2. Beside each title, list the genre each belongs to, using the designations below and a brief description of the work including why you classified it as you did.
  3. For each entry say whether it is first or third person narration, either limited or omniscient. Quote from the work to show this.
  4. Here are your choices for genre identification:
  • novel (fiction), a fictitious prose narrative of book length
  • short story(fiction), a fictitious prose narrative usually running no more than 25-30 pages
  • piece of narrative journalism(non fiction), a non-fiction account that uses literary styles and techniques to create mostly factually accurate narratives
  • article(non fiction), a written work published in a print or electronic medium for the purpose of propagating research results or academic analysis.
  • autobiography (non fiction) the writer’s life story told in the writer’s first person voice

Example: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” (Links to an external site.) (1899) Short story– a first person narrator named Jane, not Charlotte, tells the story. Thus it is fiction not autobiography. It’s not a book-length work meaning that it’s a short story, not a novel.

Part Two:

How is The Lathe of Heaven different from the other readings? Consider both content and form.

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