Avoid hasty and clichéd generalizations, like: in early modern england, the puritans oppressed women.

Instructions: Your essay should make an interesting argument that responds to the prompt and is well supported by specific textual evidence.
The prompts are not intended to restrict or define the direction your essay should take. Look at the prompts as a starting point not a destination.
Avoid “filler” material and repetition. Your essay should move through the argument and have an easily discernible organizational plan.
If your essay makes reference to historical matters, make specific factual claims, like: John Calvin’s establishment of Geneva influenced the English Puritans’ views of church governance. Avoid hasty and clichéd generalizations, like: In Early Modern England, the Puritans oppressed women.
While the prompts are designed so that the book is all you need to write the essay, you are free to incorporate a modest amount of other sources, citing these outside sources as necessary.
Use literary present tense when writing about the texts. These texts are vibrant and alive; don’t kill them with past tense.
PROMPT:Working with the (outlandish?) possibility that Marlowe was an atheist, write an essay defending the idea that Doctor Faustus secretly promotes atheism under the guise of Christianity. While a broad argument about the play is implied for this essay, focusing your argument to a specific theme, character, etc… will help.
make specific factual claims, like: John Calvin’s establishment of Geneva influenced the English Puritans’ views of church governance. Avoid hasty and clichéd generalizations, like: In Early Modern England, the Puritans oppressed women.
While the prompts are designed so that the book is all you need to write the essay, you are free to incorporate a modest amount of other sources, citing these outside sources as necessary.
Use literary present tense when writing about the texts. These texts are vibrant and alive; don’t kill them with past tense.
PROMPT:Working with the (outlandish?) possibility that Marlowe was an atheist, write an essay defending the idea that Doctor Faustus secretly promotes atheism under the guise of Christianity. While a broad argument about the play is implied for this essay, focusing your argument to a specific theme, character, etc… will help.

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