Synthetic Essay: This slightly longer essay compares all the assigned readings from a particular subtopic on the syllabus. The selected readings should not overlap with your comparative essay. The task is similar to but more ambitious than the comparative essay, as you try to show how each text fits with the others in the scholarly treatment of your selected subtopic. You should consider each author’s assumptions, evidence, context, and conclusions while you make a larger argument about how your topic is understood by these texts. In your paper you want to convey that you understand the assigned texts and see how they “talk” to each other.