Writing assignment: 500 words on this topic: "What were Washington's arguments against the slave system?"
Writing assignment: Write 500 words on this topic: "Has any piece of literature affected you in a major way? If so, explain how. If not, explain why not."
Writing assignment: 500 words on this theme: "Which were the key incidents that led her out of her 'prison.'"
Writing assignment: 500 words on this topic, "Which is most important in writing dialogue from memory: accuracy, succinctness, or liveliness? Why?"
Write 500 words on this topic. "Describe Kourdakov's use of contrasts to strengthen his narrative." Examples: Sunday afternoon's activities, or the meetings -- public and private -- where he got his award, or the leaders of the USSR vs. the leaders of the victims. Do you think these contrasts make his narrative more powerful?
Writing assignment: 500 words on this topic: "Describe the choices that led him to the failed assignment." Possible topics: Army vs. Navy, Lenin prayer vs. the slave labor city, joining a crime syndicate vs. staying clean, telling the truth about suicide vs. telling a lie.
Writing assignment: 500 words on major turning points in your life. What changed? Why were they turning points? How did they take place?