English short answer

Can you help me understand this English question?

First, read any one of the classic arguments reprinted on pages 579-622 in the textbook:

  • Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal” (580)
  • Thomas Jefferson, “The Declaration of Independence” (587)
  • Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience” (590)
  • Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I a Woman?” (605)
  • Rachel Carson, “The Obligation to Endure” (607)
  • Nelson Mandela, “Black Man in a White Man’s Court” (612)
  • Thurgood Marshall, “Reflections on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution” (619)

Then, discuss: what is the essay’s central argument or arguments? In your opinion, why is the argument considered so effective? How is the argument unique or memorable?