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SHORT STORY UNIT

ENGLISH 10



“All The Troubles of The World”

Minority Report (2002)
PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES: Future Technology, Determinism/Free will , Crime control and Civil Rights.

MAIN CHARACTERS:

John Anderton (Tom Cruise)

Danny Whitmore (Collin Farell)

Lamar Burgees (One of the founders of pre crime).



DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Please answer on a separate piece of paper.


1. The place where they keep the pre-cogs is called “The Temple.” The officers tell John that “ we’re more like clergy than cops.” Is this assessment of their position true or not? How can this idea be compared to “All the Troubles of The World”? (2)

2. What is a minority report? Do the characters of “All the Troubles of The World” experience a “minority report.” (2)

3. At the end of the movie, Lamar is forced to make a decision. If he shoots John, then precognition works, and the system continues. If he doesn’t, it proves people do have an alternate choice, but the system has failed. Compare this predicament to “All the Troubles of the World.” (2)



FORMAL PARAGRAPH RESPONSE

In a paragraph compare the film “Minority Report” with Isaac Asimov’s short story “All the Troubles of the World.” You are expected to use examples from the short story as well as the movie in your discussion. As well you must discuss the main ideas, lessons and themes in the two sources.

/2 Comparisons and examples from the film and story

/2 Discussion of themes



/2 Conventions: spelling, grammar, punctuation TOTAL: /6


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