"Harrison Bergeron" questions
1. Is everyone in our society equal? Explain. Should everyone be made equal? Why or why not?
2. Is it possible to create a perfect society? What would be required? What utopian vision is the society in "Harrison Bergeron" trying to achieve?
3. Are there ways in which our society tries to make everyone equal? Are those attempts effective or useful? Why or why not? Explain fully.
4. Harrison Bergeron's rebellion is a failure. Why? Given the nature of the society in the story, could anyone in that particular society have succeeded? Explain.
5. What is the purpose of handicapping in sports? Which sports use handicaps? Does it improve the sport in any way? Explain.
6. What parts of the story are most exaggerated? What do you think is the author's purpose in using exaggeration so extensively?
7. What future can you see for Harrison Bergeron's society? Give reasons to support your views.
8. This is a work of dystopian fiction. What elements of the story prove that? (Draw on your knowledge of dystopian fiction to respond to this question. )