This video study guide is designed to accompany the 2012 film The Hunger Games. It contains 27 multiple-choice questions, 4 ethical reasoning (short answer) questions, and 1 essay question. Answer key follows the student handout in the Microsoft Word file.
Because of a modified schedule due to standardized testing, one of my freshman government classes recently had to suffer through a few extra hours of class with me. I've found that the (color, Americanized) film adaptation of Lord of the Flies is a worthwhile class to show in Government, but decided to show The Hunger Games because of its high production value and students' familiarity with the film and book series. The film (rated PG-13, 142 minutes) touches on a significant number of concepts that my students had already encountered in our studies, so I incorporated those into this study guide. They include:
Organizations (unitary, federal, confederated) and types (dictatorship, monarchy, oligarchy, representative democracy, etc) of governments
Economic systems (capitalism, socialism, communism)
Principles of the U.S. Constitution (checks and balances, federalism, judicial review, limited government, popular sovereignty, etc)
The Bill of Rights (amendments 1-10)
Purposes of government (to maintain social order, provide national security, make economic decisions, and provide public services)
Because each question offers a description of the relevant scene(s) from the movie, students do not need to complete the study guide as they watch the film; they can answer each question after viewing the film, possibly with the aid of textbooks, notes and other sources. I usually assign a portion of the questions as homework after viewing some of the film, then we discuss those questions before continuing the film in class the following day.
Chances are you might not have covered all of these concepts in class, so feel free to modify as you see fit. If you have any suggestions for or questions about the study guide, please let me know, as well.
Thank you, and enjoy!
The Hunger Games and all characters in the film are the property of Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc., which holds the trademarks and copyrights to their use. All questions and descriptions of the film contained within this study guide are the original creations of the document's author, Chris Kurth.