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Discuss the experiences of one of the central characters

Semester Writing Assignment
Develop this topic into a well-organized essay, following the guidelines below. Correct spelling and grammar will be considered during grading. Part of your grade will depend upon including the required block quotes. Be sure to answer all parts of the question.

Students will generally compose the essay inside their word processor and then COPY and PASTE (using CONTROL V) the text into the space provided below. The essay should be approximately two – three double-spaced pages long. Do not worry, if your text loses its double spaced formatting after pasting.

IMPORTANT! Be sure to SAVE your answer before SUBMITTING it. If you do not SAVE it, it will show up “blank,” with no text.

Finally, DO NOT copy material from another student or online source and paste it into this essay response box, representing it as your own work. Doing this will get you a grade of 0, and it is not difficult for instructors to detect.


Relying only on material from the Hiroshima monograph, the textbook, and class notes and PowerPoints–thoroughly answer the following questions:

Section One: According to the book, why was Hiroshima such an ideal target for American bombing?

Section Two:

a. Discuss the experiences of one of the central characters in this book.

b. Explain what you think the author’s purpose was in telling so many individual anecdotes about life before the bomb.

Section Three: List and describe some of the side effects from radiation sickness.

Section Four: Explain why the medical and rescue efforts had so little impact on the survivors’ behalf, immediately following the blast.

***Include at least three direct, multi-sentence block quotes from Hiroshima to support your position. Be sure to cite these quotations in parentheses and in all caps. For example, your citation might look like this:

“Allied doctors who came in after the surrender found plasma and penicillin very effective.” (HERSEY, P. 99).

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not include the 3 direct quotations from the book, you will lose 10 points from your score.

DO NOT USE any other sources than those provided by this class.

Preparing to Write Your Semester Essay

When Ron asked if I would help you with your essay, I told him, “You betcha!”

Here are some tips for getting a good grade on your semester writing assignment.

Don’t use any other source–just the book, Hiroshima.

Answer each question thoroughly.

Don’t forget your block quotes.

Check your spelling and grammar.

3 pages is the minimum.

Paste your essay into the answer box when you are done.

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