Eve, “What Did Ē-ssay?”

“These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—  then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.  And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying,…”

Since some of you are using the essay questions from Living Outside the Lines as part of your curriculum this year you might find this post, What Did Ē-ssay helpful. It includes simple definitions for the various types of essays you might want to assign your child to write and links to a couple of reviews on writing curriculum. If you would like to take the tension out of grading your child’s writing assignments you might find these files helpful. Essay Rubric, General Grading Guidelines for Essays, or A Grading Rubric Helps the Student and Teacher.

If you are reading Paradise Lost with us you might like these essay topics.

Essay Questions for High School

Theme: Fate and Free Will

One of the most highly debated topics among the children of God is the issue of fate and free will. Write an analytical essay after you study and analyze both sides of the argument.

Theme: Sin

Write a narrative essay using the scene of the fall as your foundation. Include in your story the answers to these questions:

What was Satan’s sin? How bad was it?

What was the sin that Adam and Eve committed? Was it really all that bad?

Was it fair that the whole world had to be punished for the sin of one man? How is that “fair” or not fair?

There was more going on in the fall than a simple mistake made by a married couple. Dig deeper into this situation and write an expository essay to explain the fall.

Theme: Pride

Pride is used in more than one context. It is used to describe the sin in our hearts when we lift ourselves above God or choose not to believe him and it is used to describe a value we ascribe to the work we have accomplished. Write a comparison/contrast paper about the different uses of pride. Bring in examples from the book when possible.

Write a cause and effect essay about the fall.

Theme: Innocence

Innocence is used in more than one context. It is used to describe a lack of knowledge or as one who did not commit a crime. Write a comparison/contrast paper about the different uses of innocence. Bring in examples from the book and use Biblical proof.

Answer these questions in your essay:

What is the Biblical definition of innocence? Were Adam and Eve innocent? Will we be innocent when we go to heaven? Would we be innocent if sin had not entered the world?

Theme: Lies and Deceit

Write a comparison/contrast essay about lying and deception. Consider the situation when Eve offers Adam the fruit and the Serpent when he offers it to Eve.

Theme: Language and Communication

Write a cause and effect essay regarding communication and language.

Consider these questions:

Did the fall have an effect communication? How? Was Adam and Eve’s ability to communicate with God altered? What about their ability to communicate with each other?

Theme: S_x

When you read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Lady Bertilak tries to seduce Gawain. Write an expository essay that answers this question: Is there anything sexual about Satan’s temptation of Eve? Relate Lady Bertilak’s behavior to the way Satan approaches Eve. Then look at Eve’s response and Sir Gawain’s.

Essay Questions for Kids

Theme: Fate and Free Will

Compare and contrast fate and free will regarding your salvation through Christ.

Theme: Sin

Retell the story of the fall in order and include the effects that were poured out on creation. Include in your story the marvelous hope we have in Christ.

Theme: Pride

Pride is used in more than one context. It is used to describe the sin in our hearts when we lift ourselves above God and it is used to describe a value we ascribe to the work we have accomplished. Write a 5-paragraph essay about the kind of pride that offends God.

Theme: Innocence

What is innocence? Innocence is used in more than one context. It is used to describe a lack of knowledge or as one who did not commit a crime. Write an expository essay about innocence as God defines it. Bring in examples from the book and use Biblical proof.

Answer these questions in your essay:

What is God’s definition of innocence? Were Adam and Eve innocent?  Will we be innocent when we go to heaven? Would we be innocent if sin had not entered the world?

Theme: Lies and Deceit

The Ten Commandments say, “Do not lie.” Write a 5-paragraph essay explaining the different faces of a lie.

Some examples are:

Hiding the truth, being late for an appointment, pretending, ignoring an inquiry

Theme: Language and Communication

In the beginning God walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the garden. Write a comparison/contrast essay about the difference in the communication that took place before and after the fall. Did Adam and Eve need God’s communication before the fall? How about after the fall? What did they talk about before and after? Was communication as easy after as it was before?

 What about you? Do you think assigning essay topics that follow your history and literature  curriculum is helpful? Why?

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