Please note!!! Only use the assigned text to complete this assignment. By turning in this assignment, you are giving me your word that you did NOT use any outside sources (including the internet or another student’s essay) to write your essay.

· Write a 900-1200 word essay (approximately three-pages, double-spaced, in 12 point font) in which you answer only ONE of the following topics based on Augustine’s Confessions:

· Relationships: Discuss 2-3 relationships in Augustine’s life as described in the Confessions, and argue whether Augustine believes these relationships led him towards God, away from God, or a bit of both. Relationships to consider include his parents (especially Monica), his friends, and religious leaders (such as Faustus or Ambrose).

· State a clear, strong thesis statement(s) in your essay’s introduction. Make sure it states: 1. your response to the prompt for your particular topic and 2. The textual evidence you are about to discuss to support this argument. In other words, tell me clearly in the first paragraph where you are going for your discussion.

· It is essential that you cite (see directions below) at least six specific examples from the assigned reading to support each of your points in your discussion. Remember that even paraphrases should be cited! This is an exercise in critical reading and writing, so make sure your explanations of your citations are accurate to the context.

· Citations

Please cite parenthetically the page number(s) at the end of the sentence. No additional information or formal bibliography is required. Example: As Augustine writes at the beginning of the Confessions, “our heart is restless until it rests in you” (3).

Remember that your essay will be scanned by SafeAssign. Avoid plagiarism!!!

Grading Criteria

· Is there a strong introductory paragraph that provides a clear thesis that addresses one of the assignment’s topics as described in the instructions? (5 points)

· How well is the thesis statement illustrated with appropriate content that answers one of the essay’s topics described in the instructions? (10 points)

· Are references (both direct quotes and paraphrases) properly cited? Are there at least six references total? (10 points)

· How well is the textual evidence evaluated and interpreted to reflect the context? (10 points)

· How well is this evidence organized and synthesized to present a coherent explanation? Did the author produce a lucidly written essay which conforms to the conventions of standard, written, academic English? (15 points)
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