Short Essay Questions Key
1. As the novel begins, how does Rogers explain to Burris the need that he and Steve are experiencing?
Having experienced the war, Rogers and Steve have recognized the flaws in their society and are not sure what their future endeavors should be; they are looking for a different kind of social organization that will improve on the traditional social systems.
2. Why have Steve and Rogers come to visit Burris?
Rogers recalls that, as a student of Burris, he heard the professor talking about examples of Utopian societies, so when Steve shared an article about such a society led by Frazier, they thought that Burris might be able to advise them.
3. What are some of the feelings about his work that Burris has while being visited by the two men?
Burris is disillusioned with teaching. He recalls reasons why he does not like to encounter his former students because they seem to remember little of substance that he taught them and are more inclined to mention inessential things that he communicated to them.
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