1. What did Vonnegut base his novel Slaughterhouse Five on? World War II.
2. In what genre did Vonnegut most often write?
Science fiction or satire.
3. How did being a journalist influence Vonnegut's writing?
4. Describe what life was like during the 1970's for Vonnegut. He raised seven children.
5. Discuss the topic or theme for any two of Vonnegut's works. Be sure to include the name of the work. Slaughterhouse Five is about Vonnegut's own personal experiences and Deadeye Dick is about a guy who accidentally kills a pregnant woman.
1. How are George and Hazel Bergeron described? What sort of life do they lead? They both live a pointless life because one is mentally handicapped and the other lacks awarness of her surroundings and memories.
2. What is the meaning of the last words of the Bergerons, "that one was a doozy"?
3. In real life, what ways do we try to make people equal? Does it work to make people equal, or just to make them alike? Why do you think we use these methods? Are they effective? In real life we try to give everyone the same equal rights as every other individual. An example would be voting, and women and men are both allowed to work and recieve the same rights as one another.
4. Consider the characters of Hazel and George. Why isn't Hazel handicapped? Hazel lacks the sufficient reminder of her memories, therefore she can't remember things correctly, only in short ways. Where as George is intelligent.
5. To what extent do television, radio, and the mass media generally function like George's mental handicap radio? The extent of this is that they blind and shelter people from reality mostly.
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