“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -- Albus Dumbledore

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"Unwind" Quickwrites

Below are the quickwrites for the first submission. Remember that you must have 4 FULL 1/2 page responses (or longer) in order to receive full credit. All parts of each question should be answered. You'll be graded on your thoroughness in explanation as well as grammar/mechanics.

1/7: (1st, 4th, 6th) 
For the society in the novel, unwinding is their choice instead of abortion. What are the differences between the two procedures? What are the positives & the negatives? Which choice do you think is better? Why? What makes the other choice worse?

1/12: (1st/4th period) 
Nurse Greta says, "You can't change laws without first changing human nature." But Nurse Yvonne says, "You can't change human nature without first changing the law." Which nurse is more right? How come? Are there ways she's also wrong? Going deeper, do laws actually change human nature? Or do they change human actions? How are human nature and human actions different?

1/15: (1st period)   1/20: (6th period) 
Should Sonia be helping Unwinds, even though it is against the law? Why? Or why not? What is she risking when she helps them? Considering what could happen to a citizen, is it worth it to help Unwinds? Would you help? Why? Or why not?

1/20: (1st period) 
This society has chosen to get rid of the racially charged labels of "white" and "black" to refer to a person's skin color. Instead, they now use "umber" and "sienna." What do you think about this switch? In what ways might this help erase racism? In what ways might it fail to erase racism? What other little steps might need to be done to help erase racism?

1/21: (1st, 4th, 6th)

How would you feel to receive a body part from an Unwind? Does it matter which body parts? Why? Does it matter what gender? Why?

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