If you are looking for an analysis and writing assignment that will expose your students to famous (often classic) literature without trying to force them to read and interpret too much, this is a perfect assignment for your class.
While I used it as a final exam (and students in my Creative Writing class said it was the most intense final of the semester), it is probably better suited as a pre-final assignment, since several students did not complete the test in the time allotted.
Even if they did not finish, the general consensus was that it was interesting and effective in getting them to look at short quotes from The Canon. Plus, you can add quotes from what you've read in class to the list in order to make it more relevant to your students. Since I used it in a writing class, I kept it general.
If you're discussing author intent, reader perception, first impressions, style, tone, or inference, this assignment can help. The best news is that you don't have to search for quotes, figure out the questions to ask, or format another document. It's all here, including an online Google Doc that can be edited and grade online.
Included quotes are from the following author list: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Joyce Kilmer, Allen Ginsberg, Walt Whitman, John Keats, Emma Lazarus, Emily Dickinson, Charles Dickens, Ralph Ellison, George Orwell, Leo Tolstoy, Ford Madox Ford, Kurt Vonnegut, Marcel Proust, Zora Neale Hurston, Joseph Heller, Anne Tyler, Saul Bellow, L. P. Hartley, Dodie Smith, Margaret Atwood. And you can add your own.