From McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Required Reading Essay Questions Written By a First-Year Adjunct Who Does Not Have the Time or Wherewithal to Do the Required Reading:
6. Who sent The Scarlet Letter? To whom was it addressed? Was it a letter of recommendation? Is there some sort of easy-to-follow format for letters of recommendation which you can use for students you don’t really know that well, but on whose evaluations you depend for continued employment? . . .10. In Appointment in Samarra, who are the people that meet in Samarra? . . .
18. Who wins The Lottery? What does he/she do with the money?
I wonder what percentage of U.S. adults could identify the scarlet letter.