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Entry to GATE 8 summer reading requirement
Anthem
Ayn Rand

Directions: You will have the entire summer to read Anthem and write full paragraph responses to the questions below. Your paragraphs, typed or neatly written, will be submitted on the first day for students in 8th grade. It is recommended that you write the paragraph responses while reading, and you are reminded to support your statements with specific references to the text (except for the “Before Reading” question).

Before reading:
The transition from adolescence to adulthood involves developing a personal identity and a sense of self. You are not exactly like anyone else, even though your best friend may share many of your interests. Explain what makes you uniquely you. For this response, consider your future goals and dreams, the qualities you value in a friendship, preferred sports, hobbies, pastimes, favorite music, literature, etc.

Chapter 1:
1. Review your pre-reading activity. Describe the personal goals, values, activities, and/or preferences that would either be allowed or forbidden in the society portrayed in Anthem. 2. In many real and fictionalized totalitarian societies, children live apart from their families, e.g. the puppies in Animal Farm. Describe two societal advantages of such a living arrangement. 3. Explain why the “Council of Vocations” assigned Equality 7-2521 the job of street sweeper. For this response, consider whether or not the decision was an error, an accurate assessment of his capabilities, or reflected a sinister motivation. 4. Aside from being caught and severely punished for the three hours of the night that Equality 7-2521 and International 4-8818 spent in the tunnel from the Unmentionable Time, describe two other dangers they faced.

Chapter 2:
1. Explain why the “Council of Eugenics” of all the other councils, would take particular offense at the Transgressions of Preference made by Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000....
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