Unformatted text preview: “The Pedestrian”
Close Reading Questions
1. What adjectives would you use to describe the atmosphere (mood) established in the opening paragraphs?
I would use quiet, dark, moist, cool, fall-time , and windy. 2. List some words and phrases from the opening paragraphs that illustrate the mood.
Some words that illustrate the mood would be: “moonlit, misty evening, silence, November, and frosty air. 3. What does Mead’s “brightly lit” house tell us about him? What evidence in the rest of the story supports this?
Mead’s brighly lit house tells us, he isn’t like the others. His brightly lit house tells us that he still cares about living his life, and
isn’t closed in on just watching t.v.. 4. Bradbury describes Mead’s walks as being “…not unequal to walking through a graveyard….” In what ways
is this city like a graveyard?
It means that it’s dead, (no pun intended), he is alone. 5. How would you describe life in this city in the year 2053? Quote a specific example of Bradbury’s use of
language that enabled you to arrive at this answer.
It’s mostly dead, everything is focused on electronic’s. “ And you have ha wiewing screen in your house to see with?” “No”
“No?” 6. When did you realize there was no one driving the police car? Why is the identity of the voice in the car kept
anonymous? In your opinion, who is actually controlling the car?
I realized there wasn’t anyone driving the police car when the text said “As he had expected, there was no one in the front seat, no one
in the car at all.” I’m really not sure why the identity was chosen to be kept a secret. I think the car is controlled by the government. 7. Why is Mead arrested?
Mead is arrested because, he chooses not to live his life as everyone else. 8. What is his punishment going to be? Why?
His punishment was that he’d be going to The Psychiatric Center for Research of Regressive Tendencies 9. What is the effect of the repetition of the word empty at the end of the story?
He was the last one to really be out, walking, but now that he’s gone, its completely empty. Deep Thoughts
1. What social trends does Bradbury observe and see as potential problems for society?
Everyone is shut in their homes, attacthced to technology. 2. What potentially harmful trends do YOU observe in today’s society?
There is lack of physical socializing, but everyone socializes online 3. How might those trends affect life in 2067?
Text 4. How do you think television, computers, smart phones, or other modern technological devices could be used
to suppress or control people’s thinking?
5. Does “The Pedestrian” comment on features of our present society? If so, which ones? How are we like the
world of Leonard Mead?
Text 6. What aspects of technology today do you see as isolating people from each other?
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