Part A:

Answer all the following questions. Your answer to each question should be 150 words (plus or minus 20 words).

(1) What would you say are three of the most important turning points in the history of utopia?

(2) What are some of the main ways in which Brave New World engages with the utopian tradition outlined in the first

class of the module?

(3) What might Winston’s paperweight symbolise or stand for in Nineteen Eighty-Four?

(4) Watch the interactive TV scene clip from the film of Fahrenheit 451 linked to in the PowerPoint for Topi 4. What

point do you think is being made by casting Julie Christie in more than one role?

(5) What makes A Clockwork Orange a dystopian text?

(6) In what sense does Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale offer a feminist perspective on dystopia?


(7) Consider what was said about Tom Moylan’s concept of the ‘critical dystopia’ in the class on Octavia Butler. What

do you suppose led Moylan to classify Parable of the Sower as a critical dystopia?

(8) Consider Extract 2 from the handout for Topic 8. What connections might be drawn between these lines spoken by

Agent Smith and other dystopias covered on LT250?

(9) Why do you think Michael reacts so differently to B2 upon learning he is a clone in Caryl Churchill’s A Number?


(10) What, if anything, distinguishes Snowpiercer from the earlier dystopias covered on this course?