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SUMMER READING Is You Is, or Is You Ain’t? Your summer reading books are crucial to your understanding of the entire course and it is essential that you arrive in September with a strong working knowledge of them. To this end, you will keep a notebook in which you establish the key elements of each work. The requirements are as follows: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man You should write a detailed plot synopsis; the easiest way to do this is to write one or two sentences on each chapter as you read. Write a response in which you examine the ways in which race and music are interlinked in the life of the protagonist On the Road Write a plot synopsis (as above). You should also underline/highlight in the text key moments in the relationship between Sal and Dean. Why, for example, do they think,“The road is life?” After you have finished reading, write a considered response in which you establish the role of jazz in the novel. You should refer to key descriptions of performances/players. 1929 The novel is divided into five sections. Write responses to each section, so that you have a clear understanding of narrative, theme and

character. In your final response, develop a detailed sense of your own final impressions of Bix Beiderbecke.


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