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In what ways did the text fit your expectations?

In a 150-200 word post, respond to one of the following prompts:What was most surprising to you about Paradise Lost? In what ways did the text fit your expectations? How was it different? Were there any themes, characters, events, etc. that you did not expect to see?
Paradise Lost is often referred to as the “great Protestant epic.” Reflecting on traditional epics (Odyssey, Iliad, Beowulf) and the common characteristics of the genre (heroes, monsters, supernatural influences, etc.) how well does Paradise Lost fit the epic genre?
Book 9 of Paradise Lost contains a lot of finger-pointing. Evaluate who is the most blameworthy character and use evidence from the text to justify your rationale. Explain what Milton wants readers to learn from his epic.

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American Studies

Discuss how the automobile positively or negatively impacted American society.

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In the 1950s the United States enjoyed a broad-based, unprecedented level of prosperity. Rising purchasing power, expanding credit, and a rapidly growing advertising industry stimulated consumerism. One industry that rapidly developed and expanded was the automobile industry. During the 1950s, Americans purchased 58 million cars. By 1960, 75 percent of American families owned one. The automobile created mobility on a scale not known before, and the automobile industry became a vital element in the economy. It became one of the world’s major manufacturing industries. The automobile dramatically impacted American society, whether you owned one or not.
Discuss how the automobile positively or negatively impacted American society.