Short Essay Answer Key
1. What is established in the setting of the novel in Chapter 1? How is the government set up?
The Population Police Headquarters suggests that Luke and the other boys live in a world where adult couples are only allowed to have a specific number of children. If the number of children exceeds the allotted amount, it seems as if the government either kills or puts these children to work, such as a stable hands like Luke is.
2. What is established about Luke's past through exposition in Chapter 2?
From Luke's memories, it seems as if Luke was part of a rebellion with his friends to fight against the Population Police. The issuing of new I.D. cards suggests that the government is cracking down on the violators of the population rule by issuing I.D. cards that help the government to better track everyone.
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