APCQ: Assertion, Passages of Support and Analysis, Connection and Question (2-3 pages)

DUE: Sunday 3/17

Directions: Develop an assertion about The Handmaid’s Tale that invokes a lens of Literary Criticism – your choice (Feminist, Psychoanalytic, Marxist, Structuralist etc.). I’m leaving this question very open-ended because I want you to write about whatever is most interesting and compelling to you.


  • Develop an assertion/thesis about the poem and utilizing the lens (this should be just a few sentences).
  • Find passages/lines from the text that support your assertion and analyze how the passages/lines connect to your assertion, and explain these connections as specifically as you can (this should be the bulk of your assignment).
  • Consider a connection to another text we’ve worked with this semester – a poem, a novel, a film etc. Explain why the connection is important to you, informative for you and illustrates something about your assertion or the text.
  • Develop a question that generates discussion from the class about your poem/the assertion you’ve made about the poem. Make sure the question is grounded in the poem and answerable from knowledge of the poem.

*please see the APCQ rubric for specifics on how you will be evaluated for this assignment