Dystopian Literature (Quiz)

a perfect world
what characters (mayors, rulers, etc.) in dystopian fiction try to make by attempting to create a utopia on Earth

Is this a perfect world?
the main question all dystopian fiction authors cause their readers to ask themselves

the future
the time at which dystopian stories usually take place

Hunger Games, iRobot, Delirium, Divergent (you don’t need these exact ones; just know a few)
examples of dystopian fictions prevalent/talked about today

Delirium
an example of a dystopian fiction; love is seen as a disease, and citizens are forced to take a “cure” for it at the age of 18

iRobot
an example of a dystopian fiction; robots are invented to protect people, but the robots decide that the people will be easier to protect if they surpress their freedom

dystopia
an imaginary future world in which society is controlled by something; a faulty utopia

utopia
an illusion of a perfect society (dystopias usually appear this way at first)

Sir Thomas Moore
the man who invented the first “utopia”, an imaginary island he made up and called “the perfect society”

they make light of the worst case scenario that could result from a current trend going too far, allowing the story to criticize a trend in the real world
how authors use a dystopia to teach their readers a lesson

false
true or false: dystopian literature is a new form of fiction/has only been written about recently

The Time Machine (by HG Wells)
the title of the first dystopian novel to be published

1895
the year the first dystopian novel ever was published

the poor were mistreated by the rich, becoming slaves underground, until they evolved and attacked the rich at night
the basic plot of “The Time Machine” by HG Wells

it became a way to criticize different economies
how dystopian fiction became a powerful tool for people in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s

Ayn Rand Anthem, Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451
4 examples of powerful dystopian novels written in the mid-1900’s that criticized different aspects of certain forms of government/economy

The Giver
the dystopian novel that caused dystopian fiction to become widely popular today

1993
the year “The Giver” by Lois Lowry was published

control
one main thing that all leaders of societies in dystopian fictions have too much of

the truth
what is often kept secret by society in dystopian fiction

after an apoplectic event
when societies often create dystopias in dystopian fiction

individuality
one main thing citizens of a society don’t have in dystopian fiction

obedience
one trait that is expected from citizens by society in dystopian fiction

dehumanized (become almost like animals; no rights or freedoms)
what citizens in a dystopian society become in dystopian fiction

perfection
what dystopian societies create an illusion of to keep citizens from questioning the society in dystopian fiction

they are the first to question if their society is actually good
what most all main characters in dystopian fiction have in common