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Here is an assignment from a CUNY campus that calls for the student to criticize something. Note that not all assignments that call for criticism use the word criticize. Keep an eye out for assignments where teachers use different words to ask for criticism.

Queens College
Anthropology 239W
Kevin Birth

Short Paper #1: In this paper you will state the argument of the book Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music by Robert Walser and criticize the book. Be prepared to read your paper or have your paper read in class.

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