1. Mark Twain once said that “We are creatures of outside influences; as a rule we do not think, we only imitate.” Do you agree or disagree? Using examples from your own experiences and observations, write an essay in which you present and defend your position.
2. Pick a popular fashion trend—tattooing, body piercing, Tommy Hilfiger,
hat wearing, and so on—and examine the potential reasons for its popularity.
Focus on one trend only. Why are people so interested in fashion? Are you
interested in fashion? Do you expect the trend to last, or is it merely
a passing fad? How have the cultural meanings of the trend changed over
the years? Using examples from your own experiences and observations, write
an essay in which you present and defend your position.
Remember, in an exemplification/illustration essay you explain a general statement using detailed examples. Your goal is to make abstract assertions and concepts clear and concrete. Use details and examples from your observations, personal experiences, or research; if you rely on the latter, please be sure to cite your source materials. Use enough examples to support your thesis and your topic sentences.
3 typed pages, minimum
MW class: December 9
TR class: December 10
MW class: December 11
TR class: December 12
No late papers will be accepted.