Choose one (and only one) of the topics below: 1. As the authors in “Language: Do Words Matter?” point out, some words say too much, some say too little, and some are in the Goldilocks 1 region of just right. Discuss which essays in this chapter are particularly compelling in showing when a word is illuminating and which essays are particularly onvincing in pointing out when a word is meaningless. Use examples from the essays to illustrate your point.
2. What are some of the reasons that we say the word sorry? What thoughts and impulses lie behind that word? Does Sarah Elliott’s essay (America Now, page 62) touch on any common points made in in the debate between Lauren Apfel and Carinn Jade (page 56)? Explain in a brief comparison contrast essay.