English Essay



Read three questions carefully and then choose only ONE question to answer. You will then write a thesis-centered essay of at least 500 words in response to your question of choice from Set Z using excerpts from “Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem” by Erich Fromm and “The Case For Black Joy” by Hadiya Roderique to support your writing.


Remember to:

  • Develop a thesis that takes a clear stance or position.
  • Organize your thoughts — an outline can help do this.
  • Use MLA in-text citation to support your claim with quotes or paraphrases from BOTH the Roderique and the Fromm readings. (You must use at least one cited idea from each reading).
  • Use the notes you have written directly on the exam readings to assist you in writing your essay.

While you can also use your own observations and experiences to develop your claims, the Roderique and the Fromm readings must be the primary source for development. Lastly, discuss how the citations and ideas are relevant to your thesis.

Set Z Questions (Choose One):

  1. Are resistance and disobedience necessary when faced with an unjust law or situation? Explain.
  2. How might disobedience be necessary for a meaningful life?
  3. Most people are taught that obedience (to parents, to societal rules, to cultural norms) is a virtue. However, some believe that at times resistance and disobedience can be even more virtuous. Where do you stand on this issue?

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