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In a minimum of 200 words, answer the questions below. Your answer should include at least two direct references/ quotes from the text. Be sure to include an MLA Works Cited entry and parenthetical citation for quotes. Read Why Study Literature? Introduction 1-10; Fiction: Reading, Writing, Responding 16-44. Answer the following questions:

1- The “Introduction” to the Norton Anthology is organized around a couple of questions: Why read literature? Why study literature? How does Hai-Dang Phan’s poem “My Father’s ‘Norton Introduction to Literature,’ Third Edition (1981)” answer this question?

2- In “The Elephant in the Village of the Blind,” the villagers touch a different part of the elephant and reach different conclusions. What does this story suggest about knowledge and how we know what we know? Do a quick google search for epistemology theory and compare two approaches, such as Plato’s theory of forms with rationalism or constructivism. Drawing on the two theories you have chosen, how might understand what an elephant is? Which theory do you prefer?

Each question should be answered in a minimum of 200 words. each question should include two direct quotes from the reading and in text citation should be included for every quotation (two per question).

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