Summary of The Book of Salt
Due Thursday, February 20
400-500 words, typed, double-spaced, and stapled.
For this assignment you will write a summary with very specific requirements. These requirements are very important for my evaluation of your summary.
Here are the steps for writing your summary:
In this summary I am asking you to answer an analytical question. You need to analyze the novel in order to answer the question of "why." The answer to the question of "why" is the thesis of your summary, and it should appear at the end of your first paragraph. It is likely that your summary will consist of an introductory paragraph that introduces the character (do not introduce Bình), summarizes the relationship, and ends with the thesis statement. You would then have one paragraph devoted to explicating the first short passage, one paragraph devoted to explicating the second short passage, and a conclusion that restates the thesis with support from the two short passages.
The following errors will result in a reduction of your grade:
1. Not following the requirements. For example, your grade will be reduced if you do not analyze the relationship in terms of socioeconomic class, colonialism, and sexuality.
2. Plagiarism (I will not give you credit, but you can rewrite the assignment for credit).
3. Factual errors and misrepresentation of events in the novel.