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      Avatar photoIlia Rusin

      Dear students, 

      This is a reminder of your first assignment, due this Saturday by 11:59 P.M. EDT (8:59 P.M. PDT).

      The first live class is Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. EDT (3:30 – 5:30 P.M. PDT). The Zoom meeting link is available at the course website. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the syllabus ahead of the first class, and come prepared to discuss Part One of Crime and Punishment.


      First Assignment


      Before our first meeting, I’d like you to read the first part of our novel and to submit our first assignment on the course website: i.e. formulating a “burning question” that you have after you have completed that reading.


      Each of the six tasks within the assignment is worth one point. To earn the point for each task you need to be clear and accurate.


      The deadline for each assignment is 11:59 P.M. EDT (8:59 P.M. PDT) on the Saturday before our Tuesday meeting.


      Burning Questions Assignment #1:


      1. Formulate a question that arises from your reading of Part One of the novel. Your question should be a genuine question, not one that can be answered by a definition or a historical fact. Good questions often begin with the word “why.”


      2.  Explain how your question has a significant bearing on your understanding of the reading.


      3-4. Explain what you already know (at least two points) about the answer to your question.


      5.  Explain what you do not yet know about the answer to your question.


      6. Explain briefly a possible connection between your question and a passage or scene or event in Ayn Rand’s published fiction or non-fiction


      Please submit on the course website no later than 8:59 P.M. PDT (11:59 P.M. EDT) on Saturday, April 1.


      This message can also be viewed on the Announcement Forum of the course Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

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