The Prologue

You will write four (4) short essays answering the prompts below. Each should be at least one full page, double-spaced, in 12-point Arial or Times font (or similar). You do not need to format this as a formal full essay with an introduction and a conclusion; just get straight into answering the question. You don’t need to put down title and name either.
Question 1: In what ways does the de Vaca reading differ from the de las Casa and Villagra readings? How trustworthy is each author? How does each consider the concepts of Othering and divine intervention? In what ways is each propaganda? (Page 66-79) See details at

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Question 2: What are some ways Bradstreet shows off her education in “The Prologue”?  In what ways does her poetry show the tension that resides in Puritan life between normal human emotions and the performative piety required of Calvinism? (Page 217-220)
Question 3: How are Native American Captivity Narratives used to establish the ideals of Puritan society? How does Othering work in these narratives? How does Mary Rowlandson’s narrative have use as religious propaganda? How does Duston’s narrative have use as political propaganda? (Page 257-301)

Question 4: Of the authors that we have read so far, which individual piece do you believe has had the most influence on what we would define as the idea of “America”? Include your definition of “America.” Explain why this piece is more influential than the other pieces we have read. Consider the writing only, not any other information about the author.

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