Choose one of the two prompts below. Write a 1.5-2page essay (450-500 words) in which you support a strong thesis statement with relevant textual evidence and in-depth analysis.


1) While Phaedra’s desire for her son-in-law is pretty clearly inappropriate, what do you think about Hippolytus’ relentless pursuit of chastity? It (by means of his dishonoring of Aphrodite) is clearly the reason why all of the events of the play happen. Do you think that this is more because Hippolytus is being overzealous about remaining chaste or because Aphrodite is being petty? Cite at least two passages in your discussion of this topic.


2) Aeneas recalls the death of Creüsa in Book 2 of the Aeneid, but he does not see her in the Underworld in Book 6. Why do you think this is? Construct a strong argument for your explanation in your paper.


Formatting Requirements:

-12 point, Times New Roman Font

-1-inch margins

-Double spaced

*Note: Please upload your document as a Microsoft Word attachment when you submit it to Blackboard Assignments. Do not copy and paste your writing into the “text box” for your submission.


Citations and Textual Evidence Requirements:

(A) Students must cite specific passages that are relevant to their argument. Students must thoroughly discuss these citations, explaining why they should be read as evidence in support of their argument.

(B) Students must cite no less than two and no more than four passages from the text in support of their argument.

(C) Students are encouraged to incorporate brief quotations into their own sentences, rather than block-quoting large quotations from the text.

(D) Citations MUST appear as follows: “Quote” (Title, book#[for Virgil].line #).



Guidelines for Success:

(A) Write an introduction with a clear, strong thesis statement in which you explicitly respond to the prompt.

(B) As you write, assume the audience is our class. Our class has read these plays, so it is not necessary to explain the basic narrative. DO NOT SUMMARIZE THE PLOT.

(C) Choose good passages to cite as evidence, and discuss them in detail. Try to explain as precisely as possible how these passages support your thesis. (DON’T ASSUME THAT YOUR READER WILL BE ABLE TO READ YOUR MIND!)

Rubric for CLSX 148 Papers

CriteriaFull Credit

(2 Points)

Partial Credit

(1 Point)

No Credit

(0 Points)


(2 Points)

The writing comprehensively responds to the promptThe writing partially responds to the promptThe writing does not respond to the prompt

(2 Points)

The writing has a clearly articulated thesisThe writing has an unclear or vaguely-defined thesisThe writing does not have a thesis

(2 Points)

The writing is coherently organized according to its argument (introduction and thesis, evidence and analysis)The writing contains elements of organization (e.g., thematically separated paragraphs), but still lacks clarityThe writing lacks organization entirely

(2 Points)

The writing contains relevant textual evidence




The writing thoroughly discusses why this evidence supports the thesis




The writing properly cites the text

The writing contains partial or irrelevant textual evidence




The writing does not fully articulate why the evidence supports the thesis




The writing improperly cites the text

The writing contains no textual evidence




The writing contains textual evidence, but no attempt is made to connect this evidence to the thesis




The writing contains evidence, but does not cite the text


(2 Points)

The writing meets all formatting requirements




The writing is 450-500 words (roughly 1.5-2 double-spaced pages) in length




The writing has been adequately proofread for spelling and grammar

The writing meets some formatting requirements




The writing is 400-449 words in length




The writing contains several errors in spelling and grammar

The writing meets no formatting requirements




The writing is 399 words or fewer




The writing is confusing due to errors in spelling and grammar