IF you are teaching literary criticism, this is an easy assessment to grade AND an essay to boot! If you have considered my product, Teaching Literary Criticism," this is a writing assessment linked to the feminist criticism portion of that unit.
No matter what, if you are including feminist criticism in your teaching of the subject this short story and the detailed writing handout which accompanies it, are guaranteed to provide you with essays worth reading.
The very specific rubric on the handout ensures quick grading; however, in the right class, you will be amazed at your some of your students' abilities to synthesize on a master level.
THE BONUS? "A New England Nun," by Mary Wilkins Freeman is unparalleled for her time in American literature.