Directions: There are three parts to this assignment. Read each section carefully and follow the instructions for each part.
Part 1—Use the following words to write five original sentences that follow a compound sentence structure:
Part 2—Use the following words to write five original sentences that follow a complex sentence structure:
Your sentences must do the following:
- Contain a context clue to demonstrate your full understanding of the word’s meaning
- Follow the sentence pattern as indicated
- Be free of comma splices, subject-verb agreement errors, and other serious grammatical errors
- Be free of spelling and punctuation errors
Part 3—Read the historical context below and answer the questions that follow to analyze John Edwards’s diction and syntax.
Jonathan Edwards, an eighteenth-century preacher and writer, attempted to revive the Puritan ideals in New England. His sermons about sin and salvation were received with enthusiasm and helped launch a religious revival called the Great Awakening, marking the beginning of evangelism in America. His sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was delivered with the intention of making his listeners reexamine their beliefs about grace, salvation, and religion as part of their daily lives.
- How would the following sentence be different if Edwards used “disobedience” instead of “wickedness”?
“Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead, and to tend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell; …”
- Edwards uses personification in this following instance: “There is hell’s wide gaping mouth open; and you have nothing to stand upon, nor any thing to take hold of, there is nothing between you and hell but the air; it is only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds you up.” Identify the personification. Explain the function (effect) this image has on the audience. How can this help Edwards achieve his purpose?