- Respond Question Series
- Sample Proposal Essays
- Choose one of the sample essays assigned from Kanning, and
complete the question series below, offering full responses to
these questions. (You can copy and paste these questions into
your word processor and type your responses and print them out,
or you can hand-write your responses on separate paper.)
- 1. Type or write the writer's name and the title
of the sample essay you've chosen to use for this assignment.
What problem is the writer discussing? Is it a legitimate problem?
Is the focus small enough to handle?
- 2. Who is the audience for the proposal? Is the proposal
addressed to (and tailored to) the audience? How so?
- (Further explanation: The audience should be the person or
group who has the power to enact the proposed solution to the
problem. Therefore, the writer should tailor his or her proposal
to this audience's beliefs, assumptions, and values.)
- 3. Evaluate the organization of the proposal: Is
it easy to identify the introduction of the problem? The proposed
solution to the problem? The justification of the problem? The
conclusion? Are there clear transitions between each of these
- 4. Evaluate the writer's selection of evidence: Does
the writer include specific reasons, examples, illustrations
for each part of the proposal argument? Identify one example
that works really well and one that could be improved, and explain
- 5. Is the justification convincing? Why or why not?
- (Further explanation: The justification is the most important
aspect of the proposal argument, since it explains why the reader
should care and implement the proposal. Consider the writer's
reasons for enacting the proposed solution and the evidence provided
in support of those reasons.)
- 6. Are opposing views or counter/alternative proposals
refuted or acknowledged? How so?
- 7. Act like an opponent to the proposal you are reading.
What faults can you find in the argument?
- 8. Does this proposal seem to be a logical, appropriate
solution to the problem? Why or why not?
- (Further explanation: Consider the proposal as a whole, after
evaluating its parts.)
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