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Looking Backward

Edward Bellamy

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Why was Julian presumed dead after a fire destroyed his home?

How did Julian's contemporaries feel about the vast gap between the rich and the poor?

What metaphor does Julian use to describe the class stratification in nineteenth-century society?

How would the plot of Looking Backward best be described?

How would Looking Backward best be characterized?

How would Julian best be described?

How would Doctor Leete best be described?

How would Edith Leete best be described?

Why was Julian's marriage to Edith Bartlett delayed for over a year?

Which of the following does Bellamy say about his imagined utopia?

What reason does Bellamy give for the complacency of nineteenth-century society toward the wide gap between the rich and poor?

Which of the following is one of Bellamy's strategies for persuading his audience to give serious consideration to his proposals for social reform?

How would Bellamy's vision of a perfect society best be described?

Which of the following is the prime moral and social imperative in Bellamy's vision of a perfect society?

What is the attitude toward individualism in Bellamy's vision of a perfect society?

What does Bellamy say about the intense competition in an economy based on private capital?

How is the labor force structured in Bellamy's vision of a perfect society?

Which of the following does Bellamy offer as an example of waste in an economy based on private capital?

How does Bellamy soothe his reader's fears that an economy based on publicly owned capital would infringe upon individual freedom?

In Bellamy's vision of a perfect society, what is needed for artistic or literary success?

Who is allowed to vote in Bellamy's vision of a perfect society?

To what does Bellamy attribute most of the crime committed in nineteenth-century society?

What secret does Edith Leete keep from Julian?

How does Bellamy address the matter of religion in his vision of a perfect society?

In Bellamy's vision of a perfect society, which women can hold positions of power within the government?

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Stagecoach analogy

by callmeklutchkid, February 16, 2014

I think it's important to include the stage coach analogy in the summary because I think it plays a big role in the set up of the story and it's just overall a big point in the book.

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