Salt in My Soul – Writing Assignment #2
Please choose one of the following prompts and write a response answering the question. Points will be deducted for spelling and grammar errors. Please include in-text citations, ex (p. 72). The response should answer the writing prompt, suggested length is 1-2 pages.
1. After a college instructor fails to accommodate Mallory’s necessary absences, she advocates for herself in writing via email (pp. 61–63). Mallory’s mother offers to send her daughter legal language and suggests that her daughter contact her medical team. How might Mallory’s relationship with her mother be described here? Why doesn’t Mallory’s mother call the medical team for Mallory? In the big picture, what is she encouraging Mallory to do? How difficult might this be for Diane? In what ways is Mallory developing her voice?
2. During one of her many hospital stays, Mallory composes an “I want list” (pp.
68–69). Her writing shifts format at the end of this entry and instead of an “I want” statement, it ends with “I am happy today.” Why does Mallory make this shift here? How and why is her concept of happiness evolving?
3. Mallory says of herself and fellow CF patients, “We had been pursuing our dreams with the same tenacity, suffering similar accelerating disease progression as a result” (p. 90). Explain the irony in this statement.
4. Mallory compares two seemingly different topics: her nine-year-old rebellion with breathing exercises and the concept of sustainability (pp. 100–102). What specific words and lines serve to align these two ideas? What is the impact on the reader? How does Mallory give insight into her disease as well as into one of her passions?