Questions for N-Words

Questions for N-Words - story’s message about racism(or...

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Questions for “N-Words” (available online on the King Library reserves website) This is going to be a combination assignment: Two questions are required (worth 3 1/2 points each to make the math work), and if you want to do the other two as well, they are an opportunity for extra credit (worth the usual 3 points each) 1) As you might guess from the title, this is a story about racism. The author, Ted Kosmatka, says his inspiration came from a study he made of science journals of the last 100 years, which revealed to him for the first time that “science is fallible, and that in the wrong hands, it can be absolutely racist.” Is this also the message of the story, or is it some other group or groups who display racism besides scientists? Could it be seen as a comment on other kinds of bigotry? What is the
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Unformatted text preview: story’s message about racism (or other kinds of bigotry), besides that it’s bad? 2) The story could also be seen as a comment on scientific progress, as it reflects contemporary controversies over cloning. What judgment does the story make about this? Explain how you can tell what the author wants us to believe. 3) Here again we have a situation where ordinary humans are confronted with a superior sort of human or “meta-human.” Compare this story’s treatment of that conflict to any other one we have read—Gilgamesh (with its demigod king), Kingdom Come, and Harrison Bergeron (with its secret brainy elite). 4) Consider the section that begins after the small blank space on page 35 to the end. If there were to be a sequel, what do you think might happen?...
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