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Utopia Assignment

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even
glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is
always landing.

Oscar Wilde

PART I

Utopia is a term for an ideal society. In the past, there have been
many attempts at creating utopias both in the real world and in
literature. For this assignment, it is your job to create your own utopia.
First, you must reflect on todays society. Think about the weaknesses
of our society and the problems of the modern world. Then, you must
figure out methods to fix those flaws. Present your ideas for this utopia
in a 2-4 page paper. The paper can/should include the following:

1. Name of Your Utopian Society Choose a creative and appropriate name to


represent your new society. Explain your choice in a way that makes the
reasons for the name clear.
12. Declaration of Independence Write a brief statement describing the
reasons for your formation of a utopian society. In other words, what
specifically dont you like about current society? How has the current society
broken trust with you? Why do you feel the need to form a more perfect
society? You might refer to the US Declaration of Independence for ideas.
23. Rules Include some rules that all community members must follow. Provide
a rationale for each rule.
34. Governing Body How will the government of this utopia be structured? Will
you have a democracy, an anarchy, a monarchy, or a dictatorship? How will
your utopia make decisions?
45. Persuasive Statement There should be one strong statement detailing
why your utopia is the best one in which to live.
56. Daily Itinerary How will utopia inhabitants spend their time during the
week? Develop a hypothetical schedule that community members might
follow during a typical day. Your itinerary can be a listing of times and
activities, but it should be broken down by the hour (or a similar time period
that is appropriate for your utopia).

There will be a peer draft and a teacher draft for this assignment.
Each will be X/20.

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Now that you have created your utopia, reflect on the ideas of utopias in
general. Answer the following questions in brief paragraphs.

1. American columnist, Don Marquis, used his column for occasional


installments of his utopia, the "Almost Perfect State." He insisted on the
"almost," because he thought continuous perfection would be deadly. Do
you agree with this statement that permanent flawlessness would be
deadly? Why or why not?

2. Respond to the following idea: We want to live in a small community with


which we can identify and yet we want all the facilities of the city of
millions of people. We want to have very intense urban experiences and
yet we want the open space right next to us (Moshe Safdie).

3. What are some potential problems of a classless society?

4. The lyrics to John Lennons Imagine describe a utopia. Discuss the


meaning of the following lyrics. Do you agree with his sentiments? What
is wrong with having countries, something to kill or die for, or religion?

Imagine there's no countries


It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...