Humanities 112 Assignment 1

Read selection below and write a three to four (3-4) paragraph essay (250 words minimum) which analyzes the â€œsurprise ending” of the reading selection. 



· Reading selection of Swift’s A Modest Proposal. It is essential to recognize the genre of this work, 

as discussed in our class text, which you should consult and cite. Swift promotes a radical 

solution, but subtle options are mentioned. You are looking for surprise and a point of realization. 

Read and focus on A Modest Proposal located at


For the reading selection you choose: 

1. Clearly state in your own words the “surprise ending” in the reading you selected. Clearly identify 

the point in the reading when you realized that there were elements in the reading that surprised 

you. Not all of the surprises come at the end. 

2. Evaluate how successful the author was in convincing you to accept the validity of the “surprise 

ending” that was different from what you expected. 


Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: 

-Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all 

sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format.

– Include a cover page containing the tile of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s 

name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in 

the required assignment page length. 

– Use the source(s) identified above for the topic you choose, focusing on the main primary source 

of that author. You may use additional sources also if they are of good academic quality for 

college papers (Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify). Use proper APA style in-text citing 

and also a matching APA style References list at the end.