HARRISON BERGERON
COUNTRY OF THE BLIND
Choose one of the stories listed below. Access the story either by using the link provided or in a hard copy
book.
You may also do a search of the story if you desire more information or a different format in which to read
the story.

1. Come to class prepared to discuss the story. Make sure that you have made notes sufficient to address t
he facts and meaning of the story.


2. Why have I asked you to read these stories in a Children's Literature class?

3. After you have read your story, look at the page
"Nine Ways to Evaluate Children's Books that
Address Disability." Do you think that your story handled "disabilities" in an appropriate manner? Come prepared to discuss. Additionally, bring
at least one children's book that deals with disability to share with the class during our discussion.

1. Harrison Bergeron --The first line of this story says
"The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal."
Do you believe that there was equality in this setting?

2. Country of the Blind -- This story was based on this
premise: "In the country of the blind the one-eyed man
is king." Why then, do you think that Nunez was not
immediately the king in this country?

3. Are there TRULY any heroic people in either story?

4. Do you think that there is a MORAL to either story?
Why or why not? If your group finds one in either story,
write it on the board for others to see.

5. What is the experienced truth in either story? What
kind of real experience(s) do you think that it expresses?

6. What do you think was the authors' reasoning for writing their story?
What do you think that they were trying to say to their readers?

7. Who, in either story, is "normal"? Is everyone in your group "normal"?
Is everyone in your group "abnormal"? Is anyone in the stories
"abnormal"?

8. Is the story plot (either story) plot dominant or character dominant?

9. Do you think that there is a social issue that the authors hoped to portray?

10. What does it mean to be equal?
Is equality possible? Does equality mean that everyone is the same?

11. Harrison Bergeron: How would you, if you were the Handicapper General,
hinder the talents of Pablo Picasso? Albert Einstein?

12. Country of the Blind: If you were Pablo Picasso or Albert Einstein, do you
think that your final decision would be any different?

13. Rewrite the ending of  this story. Make sure that the whole group is happy
with the ending. Did you make it
happier or sadder? Or is that irrelevant?
Harrison Bergeron
Country of the Blind
Kurt Vonnegut was born November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis,
Indiana. He died April 11, 2007 in New York City, New York. He
was married twice and had 3 children with his first wife, then
adopted his sister's three sons (when she died of cancer) and
later adopted another infant girl.
Herbert George Wells (H.G. Wells)
was born September 21, 1866
and died April 14, 1946. He was
married twice and had 4 children,
with various and sundry people.  
His first bestseller was called
"Anticipations" and was
published in 1901. He was
pro-Eugenics. I know! Sad, huh?