short answers on underground railroad novel

1. Let’s go back to basics here and revisit identifying the authiro’s thesis. This is challenging with this type of article. Use the title, and hte other 5-ws to help you.

What is the thesis of the “The Perilous Lure of the Underground Railroad” by Kathryn Schulz. Write out Schulz’s thesis paraphrase – using the 5-Ws to help guide you – in your own words. Try to include the title and author.

2. Now we will assess the Currency & Relevance of the article. Imagine you are writing a paper on the role of truth, and myth, in tracking and documenting history. If you were writing a paper on that topic, consider how current and relevant the Schulz article is for that paper.

Please Assess the Currency & Relevance of the article, “The Perilous Lure of the Underground Railroad”
Use the questions on the Evaluating Sources guide (this is “C” and “R”) to help develop your response which should be 1 paragraph long.

3. Assess the Authority of the author. Feel free to do some research on them.

Answer the question: Do you believe the author of ‘The Perilous Lure of the Underground Railroad,” Kathryn Schulz, carries enough credibility, authority, and expertise to write about this topic in an effective way? Your answer should be about 1 paragraph. Google their name to help

4. Assess the Accuracy of the article.

Answer the question(s): You have read the novel: how accurate is the author’s depictions of the novel? Outside of that, does Schulz provide references or citations? Quotations? Does she cite anyone? Your answer should be about 1 paragraph.

5. Assess the Purpose and Point of View of Schulz’s article.

  • Is the content of the article primarily fact? opinion? or a balance of both? How can you tell?
  • Does the author seem to be manipulative or trying to sell something?
  • Does the author’s bias cloud or hinder their reporting of the subject?

This answer should be 1-2 paragraphs long.

6. This is a general question about your experience reading this article.

How do you feel reading this article impacted your reading of the novel? In other words, after reading this article to view, or think about, the novel in a different light or a different way? How so? Explain. Use details from the article to prove that your read. This answer should be at least 1 paragraph (and there’s no right answer for this one!).