This 12 question multiple-choice quiz plus 1 short answer and 1 bonus essay assesses student understanding from recall to high-level inferencing using text evidence questions for the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut.
The story is a dystopian science fiction piece about society in 2081 where individuals are forced handicaps to make them intellectually and physically equal to everyone else. George and Hazel Bergeron have their 14 year old son, Harrison, taken away because of his exceptionally good looks and intelligence. In the end, he appears on television, frees himself of his bounds, claims himself emperor, dances with a ballerina, and is murdered by the Handicapper General on live television.
While some argue that this piece warns of the dangers of forced equality, others believe the short story satirizes American society's irrational fear of socialism and communism. It was published in the backdrop of the Cold War.
See the article “The Politics of Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Harrison Bergeron’” by Darryl Hattenhauer published in the journal Studies in Short Fiction in 1998 for a literary analysis.