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The Veldt Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'The Veldt' is a science fiction short story by Ray Bradbury that warns of the potential dangers of technology. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this story.

The Veldt

In recent years, many warnings have been issued about the advancements in artificial intelligence and possible consequences if technology is left unchecked. In the 1950s, Ray Bradbury wrote The Veldt as a cautionary tale about the effect of technology on society. The questions in this asset will guide classroom discussions about this short story.

Characters and Setting

This section contains questions about the characters and the setting of this short story.

  • Lydia Hadley is very concerned about the nursery. Describe the nursery. Which of her concerns do you think is most valid given the current advancements in technology? Justify your response.
  • When this story was written in the 1950s, a fully automated house like the Hadley's seemed far-fetched. Compare the Hadley's technology to technological advancements we now enjoy. What do you think the next 70 years will bring?
  • George and Lydia react differently to their children's behavior. What does this reveal about each of them? Describe their marriage.
  • In many ways, the Hadley family is presented as a typical American family. What kinds of mistakes do regular families make when raising their children? How are the Hadley's different from other families? What advice would you give them?

Conflict

The questions in this section discuss some of the author's choices and the conflicts that are erupting because of the technology in the Hadley home.

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