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Summer Reading Program


To be completed by ALL Class of 2023 students by August 1st and CSI Students prior to reporting for CSI


Note: To access the assignment, log in to your CitLearn account and select the course listed as Freshman Summer Reading Program (Summer 2019)

The Citadel’s Freshman Summer Reading program is comprised of two distinct parts:

Part I. Read the play A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin. [Sorkin, Aaron. A Few Good Men. New York: Samuel French, Inc., 2012. Print.]

Part II. Complete the Reflection Questions on A Few Good Men in CitLearn

To purchase a copy of A Few Good Men, go to Citadel Bookstore. You may also call the Bookstore at 843-953-5110. Limited copies may be available from or other online retailers.

Part I: Read A Few Good Men

The play A Few Good Men presents the story of two Marines stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who find themselves facing a court martial related to the death of a fellow Marine. “The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in doing so, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial” (Samuel French, Inc., 2012).

As you read A Few Good Men, we encourage you to make notes in the margins of your book or in a spiral notebook and to pay careful attention to the many ethical issues present in the play. When considering potential ethical issues, think not only about the actions of the two men on trial, but also those of the Marine officers on base and the prosecuting and defense attorneys. Reflect on which characters demonstrate ethical or unethical decision-making and the consequences of their decisions. Also consider how characters might justify the decisions they make.

Reflecting on the characters in A Few Good Men and the consequences of making both ethical and unethical decisions in the line of duty will help you grow as a principled leader.

Part II: Reflection Questions on A Few Good Men

Please complete the Reflection Questions assignment located in CitLearn. Write in complete sentences unless directed otherwise. You may reopen and revise your answers up until the due date.

To access the assignment, please log in to your CitLearn account and select the course listed as Freshman Summer Reading Program (Summer 2019).

College Readiness Assessment

Take the College Readiness Assessment also located in CitLearn within the Summer Reading Program area. Results from this assessment will be used to match college success resources with student needs. This is not a test, and there are no right/wrong answers, so be sure you (the student) do your own assessment.

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