Essay 3 Ourselves and Others

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ENG 0950
Spring 2014
Essay 3

The Longman Reader

Select one of the topics below and respond in an essay of between 650 and 1000 words.
Develop your own thesis and supporting ideas/details. Include clear, concrete examples so that you can “show” rather than “tell.” Write a 1-3 sentence summary of either the TedTalks Video or
The Longman Reader essay in your essay so that your readers understand your references. Also include a quotation from the essay. Acknowledge any source you use in your essay both in the essay and in a works cited page. Your intended audience includes other CNM students, ENG 950 instructors including me, and college-educated readers in general.
1. In his essay “A Moral Solution to the Organ Shortage” (551) Alexander
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3. In Virginia Postrel’s essay “Need Transplant Donors? Pay Them” (555) Postrel says that

“increasing the supply of willing donors” should be the “top Priority” of the organ transplant community. What do you think? Do you agree? Or do you think that another goal – for example, ensuring the fair distribution of organs or preventing the exploitation of living donors—or even funding research such as that which Susan Lim suggested on the video – should be a higher priority? Write an essay in which you argue a position on this issue, using expert opinion to support your own views. Be sure to summarize and use a quotation from one of the sources you read/watched. Other research can be done to supplement your final draft, but be sure to include additional research in a works cited page.
4. In the essay “When Will People Help in a Crisis” (415) Darley and Latane’ cite social critics who believe that the United States has become a nation of strangers, alienated and withdrawn

from one another. Write an essay refuting this claim by presenting several vivid instances of small acts of everyday kindness—examples in which people demonstrate their sense of connectedness to those around them. Generate examples of drawing on your own and other people’s experience. Use a summary of and quotation from the reading in your essay. Other research can be done to supplement your final draft, but be sure to

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