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"A Place Apart" - The Story Behind the Image of Maine
Assignment 1

The year is 1922. You are a guide in the north woods of Maine, and you have just spent the week with two men from a city called Zenith: George F. Babbitt and his good friend Paul. You decide to write up an account of the time you spent together. Rewrite the excerpts from Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt from a Maine guide's point of view.

Follow the requirements below.

A. Your Babbitt rewrite should include:

1. A description of Babbitt and Paul. Show what your opinion is of these two men through the language you use to describe them.

2. An account of the time you spent with them. What did you do during their vacation? What did they say to each other? To you?

3. A description of your surroundings. Lewis writes that the Maine woods bring a kind of "holy peace" to Babbitt and Paul. Is this how they make you feel, as a guide and a native Mainer?

4. A statement that shows the difference in economic class between you, as a guide, and Babbit and Paul, as tourists in the Maine woods. What do you notice about them that sets them apart from you? Do they behave in a manner that is strange or different from your own? Do they have a different view of the world from that of you and your friends?

B. Your Babbitt rewrite should be:

  • 2-3 pages typed and double-spaced; 4-6 pages handwritten.
  • Written in complete sentences, with minimal grammatical and punctuation errors.
  • The best you can do.
C. Grading Rubric:

An A paper will:

  • Include all the requirements listed in sections A and B.
  • Include an excellent description of socio-economic and/or cultural perspectives that are missing from Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt.
  • Show exceptionally imaginative and inventive work.
A B paper will:
  • Include all the requirements listed in sections A and B.
  • Include a solid description of socio-economic and/or cultural perspectives that are missing from Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt.
  • Show imaginative work and a good effort.
A C paper will:
  • Include numbers 1,2, and 3 from section A and all of section B.
  • Include a poor description of socio-economic and/or cultural perspectives that are missing from Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt.
  • Show a solid effort.
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