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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. What is "equality" as defined by the American Bill of Rights? By the civil rights movement during the 1960s in America? How do these definitions compare to the Equality Laws in this story, and how they are enforced by the Handicapper General?

2. How can an individual's superior talents and strengths be of benefit to her or his family, neighbors, and fellow citizens? How can superior talents and strengths be a negative experience for an individual, or a community, rather than a benefit?

3. Compare the story "Harrison Bergeron" to a short story by Stephen King, perhaps "The Raft." Both authors are American, male, white, and attended college. What distinct differences and similarities can you detect in these two stories? How do the authors' writing styles differ? What can you say about the characters each author creates? How would Stephen King have written the story "Harrison Bergeron"?

4. Draw pictures of each of the major characters in "Harrison Bergeron", and include with each a series of notes describing what elements you took from the story and what elements you decided from your own impressions of the characters. Will you use television and...

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