"What do your readings help you understand about XYZ*?"
*XYZ being the subject of the class
Is that even a real topic? What the hell kind of topic is that? I have half a mind to write "absolutely nothing." in really big font and turning it in. Ask a stupid, vague question, get a stupid, vague answer.
I got that paper prompt and almost dropped the class because of it. And we get a week to write a paper on what the readings help me understand about the subject that the class deals with. This is so broad, I don't understand how the professor can possibly expect any kind of intelligible paper on it, let alone 4-5 pages. In a week. And apparently this is for a gen. ed. class that's supposed to help you go from high school to college. This is like writing college essays all over again. People may think the SAT is evil, but at least the SAT gives you a specific question that they want you to answer. That topic just tells me the professor is lazy or couldn't be bothered to think up a real question.
I don't know what you want, you don't want to show me, so what do you want me to do?