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When you are finished, print your essay and turn it in.
The thesis statement is also a good test for the scope of your intent. The principle to remember is that when you try to do too much, you end up doing less or nothing at all. Can we write a good paper about problems in higher education in the United States? At best, such a paper would be vague and scattered in its approach. Can we write a good paper about problems in higher education in Connecticut? Well, we're getting there, but that's still an awfully big topic, something we might be able to handle in a book or a Ph.D. dissertation, but certainly not in a paper meant for a Composition course. Can we write a paper about problems within the community college system in Connecticut. Now we're narrowing down to something useful, but once we start writing such a paper, we would find that we're leaving out so much information, so many ideas that even most casual brainstorming would produce, that we're not accomplishing much. What if we wrote about the problem of community colleges in Connecticut being so close together geographically that they tend to duplicate programs unnecessarily and impinge on each other's turf? Now we have a focus that we can probably write about in a few pages (although more, certainly, could be said) and it would have a good argumentative edge to it. To back up such a thesis statement would require a good deal of work, however, and we might be better off if we limited the discussion to an example of how two particular community colleges tend to work in conflict with each other. It's not a matter of being lazy; it's a matter of limiting our discussion to the work that can be accomplished within a certain number of pages.
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In an essay, explain some of the conflicts that Orwell faces in "Shooting an Elephant" (538-42) and explain why Orwell ultimately decides to shoot the elephant.
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The diagnostic essay allows me to offer you some feedback on your writing at the beginning of the course. The essay will not receive a grade and does not count toward your final course grade, but I will collect and evaluate your essay just as I will evaluate the other essays you submit for the course, giving you suggestions that you can apply to your other essays. The diagnostic essay is also a way for me to see how much you know about writing an essay at the beginning of the semester.
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George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" (538-42) is an account of one event that occurred when Orwell was a British police officer in Burma. At the time, Burma was a British colony, a country that was under the control of the British. On the day that Orwell describes, he is faced with a rampaging elephant.