Resources - Index

Plays


Bertolt Brecht: Galileo

Friedrich Duerrenmatt: the Physicists

David Feldshuh: Miss Evers' Boys

George Bernard Shaw: Major Barbara

Tony Vallela: Admissions

Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband


Assignments

Major Barbara:

Assignment 1:

Respond to ONE of the following assignments with a 400-450 word essay which uses specific textual evidence to support a clear central argument.

1.    In her Oct 6, 2002 article, A Just War? Jean Bethke Elshtain examines the ethical cases for and against a U.S. led war on Iraq. Analyze her logic and ethical views by comparing them to the views of of two or more characters in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara. Examine both sides of each issue and explain which side you find most compelling, and why. Use specific textual evidence from both the play and the article, along with ethical codes and/or moral theories, to support your argument.

2.    In their November 10, 2002 article, War Should Be Our Last Resort, David Blankenhorn, William A. Galston and John Kelsay examine the ethical cases for and against a U.S. led war on Iraq. Analyze their logic and ethical views by comparing them to the views of of two or more characters in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara. Examine both sides of each issue and explain which side you find most compelling, and why. Use specific textual evidence from both the play and the article, along with ethical codes and/or moral theories, to support your argument.

Assignment 2:

Choose ONE of the following and respond to it in a 400-500 word essay. Use specific textual evidence (quotations, paraphrase or summary) to support a central argument. Be careful to avoid merely summarizing the play; the focus should be on analysis and argument.

1.    Select one of the main characters in "Major Barbara" and analyze and evaluate their views and actions regarding the major ethical issues of the play. Be sure to discuss evidence supporting both sides of each issue, and explain why the evidence for your thesis is more compelling. Use ethical codes and/or moral theories to support your argument.

2.    Select one of the major ethical issues in "Major Barbara" and analyze its dramatic treatment. Evaluate the views and actions of different characters with regard to the issue you choose, and be sure to explain both sides of an argument while making clear where you stand on the issue. Use ethical codes and/or moral theories to support your argument.

Quizzes

Admissions Quiz

Major Barbara Quiz