Harrison Bergeron Questions.docx - \u201cHarrison Bergeron\u201d By Kurt Vonnegut Questions 1 What are the implications of the opening sentence \u201cThe year

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“Harrison Bergeron” By Kurt Vonnegut Questions 1.What are the implications of the opening sentence, “The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal”? What happened? Are capitalism and American democracy dead? Did totalitarianism finally prevail?2.Are such changes impossible under American capitalism or are they the likely results of just such a system?3.What human tendencies underlie the sort of world described here?4.What are the functions of the “United States Handicapper General”? What threats to society do such agents combat? 5.What actual developments, policies, trends involving government-enforced equalizing, “handicapping,” in America might Vonnegut be parodying in the story? What conceptionsof equality motivate such policies?6.How are George and Hazel Bergeron described? What sort of life do they lead? What does the story warn against?7.Why is Harrison Bergeron such a threat to society? How old is he? How has he been “handicapped”?8.

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