The Declaration Questions
The Declaration- By Gemma Malley
1. Anna is at Grange Hall because she is a surplus.
2. A surplus is an excess of production or supply. A surplus is more than what is needed or used. Anna is referred to as a surplus because she is not meant to be there and is more than what the people need. Anna is just part of the excess of people. 3. A Valuable Asset is someone who is an extremely useful person. A Valuable Asset is there to clean, cook and do all of the housework for a wealthy Legal. A Valuable Asset is what Anna wants to be and in her view, being a Valuable Asset is much better than being a Surplus. Anna believes that the better she is at doing her work, the wealthier a family she will go to. 4. Flowers are frowned upon by the authorities because they don’t last forever like the Legals. Also flowers serve no purpose. They take up water resources and the only thing they do is look pretty. They don’t serve a purpose to the owner or anybody in the world except that they look nice. 5. Incumbent means something that is necessary because of a duty, responsibility or obligation.
1. Longevity means ‘long life’. In ‘the Declaration’ Longevity is a drug that all of the Legals take, apart from the Legals that Opted Out. Longevity is a drug that renews your blood cells and curing them. Longevity protects you from diseases such as cancer and heart disease. 2. Dr. Fern discovered that Renewal (a drug that cured cancer, heart disease and AIDS) could cure old age as well. Dr. Fern took the drugs himself to see what happened and he stopped getting older. He didn’t tell anyone at first but then he told the authorities (or Government as it was called back then) and they made it illegal to take the drugs if you didn’t have cancer or AIDS. Dr. Fern died eventually because he wasn’t allowed to take the drugs anymore. 3. The Declaration of 2065 was the first of the Declarations to be put in place. The Declaration of 2065 stated that people could have one child and any child after that would be terminated. This Declaration was replaced with the Declaration of 2080 which stated that no-one could have any children unless they Opted-Out of Longevity. Chapter 3
1. There is a decreased use of computers and technology because there isn’t enough energy in the world to power everybody’s technology. Because of the increase in population and the high demand for power, resources have run out and people are living without technology for the time being as it is too expensive. Most technology is getting minimal use from their owners. 2. Peter tries to tell Anna about her parents and how her mother is a wonderful cook. Anna clamps her hands over her ears and tells Peter that she doesn’t want to hear anymore. Anna reacts like this because she has been brought up thinking that her parents are ‘evil’ and that they are in a prison somewhere. Anna has been brought up thinking that her parents are ‘selfish’ people who only had her to use up the worlds resources and that her being here is selfish and that she has to pay Mother Nature back for being a Surplus. When Peter tells Anna about her parents she thinks that he is lying to her and that he doesn’t Know His Place. Chapter 4
1. Patrick was a boy who used to be at the Grange Hall. He used to cry all the time even though he was middle. When he didn’t cry he was arguing with the Instructors and telling everyone how much better he was than them and how his parents were going to find him and take him back. After a few weeks, he was taken to a detention centre. 2. Anna keeps her diary on a ledge behind the bath. Anna has to hide her diary because if Mrs Pincent found out that she had a diary she would be beaten and maybe sent to solitary because Surpluses aren’t allowed to have any possessions of any kind. 3. Peter’s purpose at Grange Hall was to find Anna and take her home to her parents and away from evil Mrs Pincent....
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