1. Every story and essay in this section of the class deals with the conflict between the real and the ideal. Compare/contrast three of the selections and specifically look at how the characters handle the problems and challenges associated with their identities and situations.
2. Many of these stories and essays are focused on the way American society welcomes or excludes the various ethnicity that make up our country. Choose three of them and discuss how their characters handle these difficulties.
3. From our laws to our social/moral code, it can be argued that America is obsessed with both the notions of exceptionalism and equality. Discuss the costs and benefits associated with these ideas using two or more selections.This essay must be 1500 words.
You are also required to use one outside source to provide additional support for your argument. Remember that you must include all sources in your works cited page as well as parenthetically cite them where they appear in your paper.