1. Both life and death, loss and resilience, figure prominently in the texts we have considered so far in the semester. Write an essay that considers life and death, loss and resilience, in Tracks by Louise Erdrich and O’Pioneers! by Willa Cather. Some related questions you might consider are the following. How does each author represent these aspects of communal life? Why are these opposing elements important to understanding cultural change and conservation of traditions? In order to answer these questions, be sure to be specific about characters and events or incidents in the novels to support the points of your argument.