Writing Prompts - Nessy Marks

Prompt 1

Please watch the video of Nessy Marks as she discusses several central ideas. Determine one central idea from the video and write an essay that both summarizes and analyzes how that central idea is developed over the course of the video, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details. Cite strong and thorough evidence from the video to support your analysis.

Prompt 2

In his book about genocide in Rwanda, Philip Gourevitch states, “Genocide, after all, is an exercise in community building.” Using Nessy’s filmed testimony and transcript write an expository essay explaining what Mr. Gourevitch means in this statement. Cite strong and thorough evidence to support your argument.

Gourevitch, P. (2014). You hide that you hate me and I hide that I know: living with it in Rwanda. New York: Penguin Books.

Prompt 3

Write an essay comparing and contrasting the experiences of Frances Cutler Hahn and Nessy Marks who were both hidden during the Holocaust. Analyze the similarities and differences between their stories. Draw evidence from the films and transcripts to support your information and be sure to cite strong and thorough evidence from both sources to support your argument.