Oct 20 2008

Examination Day by Henry Seslar

Published by at 10:16 pm under Short Stories

BY THEBOSTONBACHELOR.COM / October 20, 2008

An odd short story I read in 8th Grade English that stuck with me throughout the years…

Examination Day

 
 
The Jordans never spoke of the exam, not until their son, Dickie, was twelve years old. It was on his birthday that Mrs Jordan first mentioned the subject in his presence, and the anxious manner of her speech caused her husband to answer sharply.

‘Forget about it,’ he said. ‘He’ll do all right.’

They were at breakfast table, and the boy looked up from his plate curiously. He was an alert-eyed youngster with flat blond hair and a quick, nervous manner. He didn’t understand what the sudden tension was about, but he did know that today was his birthday, and he wanted harmony above all. Somewhere in the little apartment there were wrapped, beribboned packages waiting to be opened, and in the tiny wall-kitchen something warm and sweet was being prepared in the automatic stove. He wanted the day to be happy, and the moistness of his mother’s eyes, the scowl on his father’s face, spoiled the mood of fluttering expectation with which he had greeted the morning.

‘What exam?’ he asked.

His mother looked at the tablecloth. ‘It’s just a sort of Government Intelligence test they give children at the age of twelve. You’ll be taking it next week. It’s nothing to worry about.’

‘You mean a test like in school?’

‘Something like that,’ his father said, getting up from the table. ‘Go and read your comics, Dickie.’ The boy rose and wandered towards that part of the living room which had been ‘his’ corner since infancy. He fingered the topmost comic of the stack, but seemed uninterested in the colour­ful squares of fast-paced action. He wandered towards the window, and peered gloomily at the veil of mist that shrouded the glass.

‘Why did it have to rain today?’ he said. ‘Why couldn’t it rain tomorrow?’

His father, now slumped into an armchair with the Gov­ernment newspaper rattled the sheets in vexation. ‘Because it just did, that’s all. Rain makes the grass grow.’

‘Why, Dad?’

‘Because it does, that’s all.’

Dickie puckered his brow. ‘What makes it green, though? The grass?’

‘Nobody knows,’ his father snapped, then immediately regretted his abruptness.

Later in the day, it was birthday time again. His mother beamed as she handed over the gaily-coloured packages, and even his father managed a grin and a rumple-of-the-­hair. He kissed his mother and shook hands gravely with his father. Then the birthday cake was brought forth, and the ceremonies concluded.

An hour later, seated by the window, he watched the sun force its way between the clouds.

‘Dad,’ he said, ‘how far away is the sun?’

‘Five thousand miles,’ his father said.
 
 
 
 
Dickie sat at the breakfast table and again saw moisture in his mother’s eyes. He didn’t connect her tears with the exam until his father suddenly brought the subject to light again.

‘Well, Dickie,’ he said, with a manly frown, ‘you’ve got an appointment today.’

‘I know Dad. 1 hope –’

‘Now, it’s nothing to worry about. Thousands of children take this test every day. The Government wants to know how smart you are, Dickie. That’s all there is to it.’

‘I get good marks in school,’ he said hesitantly.

‘This is different. This is a – special kind of test. They give you this stuff to drink, you see, and then you go into a room where there’s a sort of machine –‘

‘What stuff to drink?’ Dickie said.

‘It’s nothing. It tastes like peppermint. It’s just to make sure you answer the questions truthfully. Not that the Gov­ernment thinks you won’t tell the truth, but it makes sure.’

Dickie’s face showed puzzlement, and a touch of fright. He looked at his mother, and she composed her face into a misty smile.

‘Everything will be all right,’ she said.

‘Of course it will,’ his father agreed. ‘You’re a good boy, Dickie; you’ll make out fine. Then we’ll come home and celebrate. All right?’

‘Yes sir,’ Dickie said.
 
 
 
 
They entered the Government Educational Building fifteen minutes before the appointed hour. They crossed the mar­ble floors of the great pillared lobby, passed beneath an archway and entered an automatic lift that brought them to the fourth floor.

There was a young man wearing an insignia-less tunic, seated at a polished desk in front of Room 404. He held a clipboard in his hand, and he checked the list down to the Js and permitted the Jordans to enter.

The room was as cold and official as a courtroom, with long benches flanking metal tables. There were several fathers and sons already there, and a thin-lipped woman with cropped black hair was passing out sheets of paper.

Mr Jordan filled out the form, and returned it to the clerk. Then he told Dickie: ‘It won’t be long now. When they call your name, you just go through the doorway at the end of the room.’ He indicated the portal with his finger.

A concealed loudspeaker crackled and called off the first name. Dickie saw a boy leave his father’s side reluctantly and walk slowly towards the door.

At five minutes to eleven, they called the name of Jordan.

‘Good luck, son,’ his father said, without looking at him. ‘I’ll call for you when the test is over.’

Dickie walked to the door and turned the knob. The room inside was dim, and he could barely make out the features of the grey-tunicked attendant who greeted him.

‘Sit down,’ the man said softly. He indicated a high stool beside his desk. ‘Your name’s Richard Jordan?’

‘Yes, sir.’

‘Your classification number is 600-115. Drink this, Richard.’

He lifted a plastic cup from the desk and handed it to the boy. The liquid inside had the consistency of buttermilk, tasted only vaguely of the promised peppermint. Dickie downed it, and handed the man the empty cup.

He sat in silence, feeling drowsy, while the man wrote busily on a sheet of paper. Then the attendant looked at his watch, and rose to stand only inches from Dickie’s face. He unclipped a penlike object from the pocket of his tunic, and flashed a tiny light into the boy’s eyes.

‘All right,’ he said. ‘Come with me, Richard.’

He led Dickie to the end of the room, where a single wooden armchair faced a multi-dialled computing machine. There was a microphone on the left arm of the chair, and when the boy sat down, he found its pinpoint head conve­niently at his mouth.

‘Now just relax, Richard. You’ll be asked some ques­tions, and you think them over carefully. Then give your answers into the microphone. The machine will take care of the rest.’

‘Yes, sir.’

‘I’ll leave you alone now. Whenever you want to start, just say “ready” into the microphone.’

‘Yes, sir.’

The man squeezed his shoulder, and left.

Dickie said, ‘Ready.’

Lights appeared on the machine, and a mechanism whirred. A voice said: ‘Complete this sequence. One, four, seven, ten . .
 
 
 
 
Mr and Mrs Jordan were in the living room, not speaking, not even speculating.

It was almost four o’clock when the telephone rang. The woman tried to reach it first, but her husband was quicker.

‘Mr Jordan?’

The voice was clipped: a brisk, official voice.

‘Yes, speaking.’

‘This is the Government Educational Service. Your son, Richard M Jordan, Classification 600-115 has completed the Government examination. We regret to inform you that his intelligence quotient is above the Government regula­tion, according to Rule 84 Section 5 of the New Code.’

Across the room, the woman cried out, knowing nothing except the emotion she read on her husband’s face.

‘You may specify by telephone,’ the voice droned on, ‘whether you wish his body interred by the Government, or would you prefer a private burial place? The fee for Gov­ernment burial is ten dollars.’

235 responses so far

235 Responses to “Examination Day by Henry Seslar”

  1. Von 21 Oct 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Equality for all kid.

  2. griffon 21 Oct 2008 at 11:48 pm

    part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l94MIlxZHP4
    part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnI0a9km7aQ

  3. The Boston Bacheloron 22 Oct 2008 at 12:14 pm

    The classic thing is, this short story was first published in a 1958 issue of Playboy. Good thing no one actually reads the articles; talk about a potential wood-killer.

    I miss shows like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. There was also a short lived series before my time called Tales of the Unexpected, adapted from a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach there of). I never got a chance to watch it but the book was brilliant.

  4. Von 22 Oct 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Floor… The Twilight Zone is a delight kid.

  5. ##on 13 Nov 2008 at 8:05 pm

    i cant put into word what i think of this story, i really find it interesting. in yr ten we studied it, and i regret to say i never paid much attention, now in my 12 yr im finding it so insightful, it really makes you think. thats one thing i love about such short stories, such as the destructors by Graham Greene, i first heard about that one in i movie, Donnie Darko, (gotta love it!!!)

    wish i paid more attention in class… but what are you gonna do.

    i truly love this story and have chosen it as the new subject of my current studying.

    awesome story! makes you think! :)

  6. Ameliaon 02 Apr 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Well. I dont excatly see the point of moral, if you will, of this story. But we have to read it in Language Arts class, and it makes you think.
    I like it.
    I pretty much see where the author is going.

  7. mehon 07 Apr 2009 at 7:09 pm

    “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut addresses pretty much the same thing, and it’s a much more gripping read.

  8. carlieon 20 Apr 2009 at 5:43 pm

    wait i dont get it…did he die?

  9. Anonymouson 25 Apr 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Examination Day

    The Jordans never spoke of the exam, not until their son, Dickie, was twelve years old. It was on his birthday that Mrs Jordan first mentioned the subject in his presence, and the anxious manner of her speech caused her husband to answer sharply.

    ‘Forget about it,’ he said. ‘He’ll do all right.’

    They were at breakfast table, and the boy looked up from his plate curiously. He was an alert-eyed youngster with flat blond hair and a quick, nervous manner. He didn’t understand what the sudden tension was about, but he did know that today was his birthday, and he wanted harmony above all. Somewhere in the little apartment there were wrapped, beribboned packages waiting to be opened, and in the tiny wall-kitchen something warm and sweet was being prepared in the automatic stove. He wanted the day to be happy, and the moistness of his mother’s eyes, the scowl on his father’s face, spoiled the mood of fluttering expectation with which he had greeted the morning.

    ‘What exam?’ he asked.

    His mother looked at the tablecloth. ‘It’s just a sort of Government Intelligence test they give children at the age of twelve. You’ll be taking it next week. It’s nothing to worry about.’

    ‘You mean a test like in school?’

    ‘Something like that,’ his father said, getting up from the table. ‘Go and read your comics, Dickie.’ The boy rose and wandered towards that part of the living room which had been ‘his’ corner since infancy. He fingered the topmost comic of the stack, but seemed uninterested in the colour­ful squares of fast-paced action. He wandered towards the window, and peered gloomily at the veil of mist that shrouded the glass.

    ‘Why did it have to rain today?’ he said. ‘Why couldn’t it rain tomorrow?’

    His father, now slumped into an armchair with the Gov­ernment newspaper rattled the sheets in vexation. ‘Because it just did, that’s all. Rain makes the grass grow.’

    ‘Why, Dad?’

    ‘Because it does, that’s all.’

    Dickie puckered his brow. ‘What makes it green, though? The grass?’

    ‘Nobody knows,’ his father snapped, then immediately regretted his abruptness.

    Later in the day, it was birthday time again. His mother beamed as she handed over the gaily-coloured packages, and even his father managed a grin and a rumple-of-the-­hair. He kissed his mother and shook hands gravely with his father. Then the birthday cake was brought forth, and the ceremonies concluded.

    An hour later, seated by the window, he watched the sun force its way between the clouds.

    ‘Dad,’ he said, ‘how far away is the sun?’

    ‘Five thousand miles,’ his father said.

    Dickie sat at the breakfast table and again saw moisture in his mother’s eyes. He didn’t connect her tears with the exam until his father suddenly brought the subject to light again.

    ‘Well, Dickie,’ he said, with a manly frown, ‘you’ve got an appointment today.’

    ‘I know Dad. 1 hope –’

    ‘Now, it’s nothing to worry about. Thousands of children take this test every day. The Government wants to know how smart you are, Dickie. That’s all there is to it.’

    ‘I get good marks in school,’ he said hesitantly.

    ‘This is different. This is a – special kind of test. They give you this stuff to drink, you see, and then you go into a room where there’s a sort of machine –‘

    ‘What stuff to drink?’ Dickie said.

    ‘It’s nothing. It tastes like peppermint. It’s just to make sure you answer the questions truthfully. Not that the Gov­ernment thinks you won’t tell the truth, but it makes sure.’

    Dickie’s face showed puzzlement, and a touch of fright. He looked at his mother, and she composed her face into a misty smile.

    ‘Everything will be all right,’ she said.

    ‘Of course it will,’ his father agreed. ‘You’re a good boy, Dickie; you’ll make out fine. Then we’ll come home and celebrate. All right?’

    ‘Yes sir,’ Dickie said.

    They entered the Government Educational Building fifteen minutes before the appointed hour. They crossed the mar­ble floors of the great pillared lobby, passed beneath an archway and entered an automatic lift that brought them to the fourth floor.

    There was a young man wearing an insignia-less tunic, seated at a polished desk in front of Room 404. He held a clipboard in his hand, and he checked the list down to the Js and permitted the Jordans to enter.

    The room was as cold and official as a courtroom, with long benches flanking metal tables. There were several fathers and sons already there, and a thin-lipped woman with cropped black hair was passing out sheets of paper.

    Mr Jordan filled out the form, and returned it to the clerk. Then he told Dickie: ‘It won’t be long now. When they call your name, you just go through the doorway at the end of the room.’ He indicated the portal with his finger.

    A concealed loudspeaker crackled and called off the first name. Dickie saw a boy leave his father’s side reluctantly and walk slowly towards the door.

    At five minutes to eleven, they called the name of Jordan.

    ‘Good luck, son,’ his father said, without looking at him. ‘I’ll call for you when the test is over.’

    Dickie walked to the door and turned the knob. The room inside was dim, and he could barely make out the features of the grey-tunicked attendant who greeted him.

    ‘Sit down,’ the man said softly. He indicated a high stool beside his desk. ‘Your name’s Richard Jordan?’

    ‘Yes, sir.’

    ‘Your classification number is 600-115. Drink this, Richard.’

    He lifted a plastic cup from the desk and handed it to the boy. The liquid inside had the consistency of buttermilk, tasted only vaguely of the promised peppermint. Dickie downed it, and handed the man the empty cup.

    He sat in silence, feeling drowsy, while the man wrote busily on a sheet of paper. Then the attendant looked at his watch, and rose to stand only inches from Dickie’s face. He unclipped a penlike object from the pocket of his tunic, and flashed a tiny light into the boy’s eyes.

    ‘All right,’ he said. ‘Come with me, Richard.’

    He led Dickie to the end of the room, where a single wooden armchair faced a multi-dialled computing machine. There was a microphone on the left arm of the chair, and when the boy sat down, he found its pinpoint head conve­niently at his mouth.

    ‘Now just relax, Richard. You’ll be asked some ques­tions, and you think them over carefully. Then give your answers into the microphone. The machine will take care of the rest.’

    ‘Yes, sir.’

    ‘I’ll leave you alone now. Whenever you want to start, just say “ready” into the microphone.’

    ‘Yes, sir.’

    The man squeezed his shoulder, and left.

    Dickie said, ‘Ready.’

    Lights appeared on the machine, and a mechanism whirred. A voice said: ‘Complete this sequence. One, four, seven, ten . .

    Mr and Mrs Jordan were in the living room, not speaking, not even speculating.

    It was almost four o’clock when the telephone rang. The woman tried to reach it first, but her husband was quicker.

    ‘Mr Jordan?’

    The voice was clipped: a brisk, official voice.

    ‘Yes, speaking.’

    ‘This is the Government Educational Service. Your son, Richard M Jordan, Classification 600-115 has completed the Government examination. We regret to inform you that his intelligence quotient is above the Government regula­tion, according to Rule 84 Section 5 of the New Code.’

    Across the room, the woman cried out, knowing nothing except the emotion she read on her husband’s face.

    ‘You may specify by telephone,’ the voice droned on, ‘whether you wish his body interred by the Government, or would you prefer a private burial place? The fee for Gov­ernment burial is ten dollars.’

  10. andreaon 06 May 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Can I ask what does the story telling about?
    How come they killed Dickie in the end of the story?

  11. Katon 09 May 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Because he was too damn smart, and thoughtful people can’t be controlled.

  12. Anonymouson 14 May 2009 at 3:35 pm

    wow eh

  13. salahehon 25 May 2009 at 4:26 am

    This story is all fucked up man I mean SHIT!!! This story doesn’t make sense at all!!!!! Why do you FUCKERS say it’s even good?????

  14. redbullon 25 May 2009 at 4:30 am

    Yeah, I agree with you man!!!!! THIS STORY’S ALL FUCKED UP MAN!!!!!!!!!

  15. Davidon 26 May 2009 at 4:02 am

    sorry to say but this FUCKING STORY SHOULDN’T EVEN BE CALLED A STORY!!!!! IT’S JUST A FUCKING BAD ESSAY SOMEONE MADE AT KINDERGARTEN AND CHOSE TO USE IT FOR US TO READ!!!!!!!!! FUCK MAN THIS STORY SUCKS AND ALL YOU FUCKHEADS SHOULD HAVE KNOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. glennon 27 May 2009 at 4:26 am

    GOD, I FEEL LIKE I WANNA HAVE SEX RIGHT NOW MAN I MEAN WITH ALL THE FUCK WORD I READ!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. henry seslaron 27 May 2009 at 4:27 am

    yeah, I’m watchin some real porn right now n it’s really turnin me on man!!!!

  18. ladiesman217on 27 May 2009 at 4:28 am

    God yeah man HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! I feel like i wanna stick my dick in kim kardashian’s cunt and squeeze gemma atkinson’s boobs real hard!!!!!!!!

  19. kabfdson 27 May 2009 at 4:33 am

    can’t you guys respect the story please!!!!!!!!!??????

  20. kabfdson 27 May 2009 at 4:33 am

    i, mean what the hell’s wrong with it? i think that it’s pretty good

  21. ladiesman217on 27 May 2009 at 4:34 am

    SHUT THE FUCK UP DICKHEAD!!!!!!!

  22. henry seslaron 27 May 2009 at 4:35 am

    SHUT THE FUCK UP DICKHEAD!!!!!!

  23. glennon 27 May 2009 at 4:35 am

    YEAH, SHUT THE FUCK UP DICKHEAD!!!!!!!

  24. Anonymouson 04 Jun 2009 at 12:23 am

    whteva its a great emotional story.. this story is done in schools as in form 6 and has alot of themes.. dump ppl who dnt uderstand it will neva knw hw good it is..

  25. Robsteron 12 Jun 2009 at 12:36 pm

    he gets killed because it was said that smart people are a threat to the government

  26. Anonymouson 21 Jun 2009 at 7:11 am

    that is a technologically sophisticated society

  27. dunz kuntoroon 21 Jun 2009 at 9:59 am

    Fuck you asshole!!! Anonymous is a fucking asshole!!! YOUR the one who doesn’t understand the story! If its so good why was it first seen in playboy???? You fucking motherfucker, go fuck yourself asshole…

  28. beckyon 01 Jul 2009 at 2:59 pm

    its science fiction…they enter all the twelve year olds for an intelligence test, if they are too clever, they get killed by the government

  29. breadon 01 Jul 2009 at 8:13 pm

    he got killed off because he was too damn smart, that is bloody fucked up. no i’m not talking about the story, the story is good, the government is fucked up… its like dictatorship!

  30. Rowanon 05 Jul 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Because he has a high IQ. That’s why his parents were trying to make him seem as dumb as possible, so that he wouldn’t be killed. They are living in a society where only people who can’t think for themselves are allowed to live into adulthood.

    I read it in school aswell.

  31. Anonymouson 18 Aug 2009 at 7:46 pm

    the govenrment is very wierd and so worst..they’re bitch

  32. [...] Re: Bleak future if you are smart I’m pretty sure this is Examination Day by Henry Seslar… And it’s pretty easy to tell, because it’s here: Examination Day by Henry Slesar [...]

  33. ?on 10 Sep 2009 at 5:00 am

    the government sees those with a high intelligence as a threat, so they attempt to eliminate them

  34. yuukion 12 Sep 2009 at 10:12 am

    this story is very dark but i like it XD

  35. ghost8772on 15 Sep 2009 at 6:11 pm

    The story is indeed very dark, and yes the idea that a child was outside the government regulated IQ, so was executed for it is disturbing. It begs the question of if rule 84 listed both a high and low cutoff point, literally, of IQ. for thought provocation, high end. For happy tale where patience. intelligence, and hard work make the protagonist the star of the story who lives happily ever after? abyssmal.

  36. Chelseaaaaaaaaaaaon 20 Sep 2009 at 12:55 am

    I think it’s a good story, it does show that if the government gets to much power then this could happen and the smarter people will be killed off so that the government can stay in power.

  37. loop de loopon 30 Sep 2009 at 9:00 am

    great little story, rememeber it vividly from when i first read it. it seems a lot of people’s comments here are indicative of the type of people that this fictional government would want in their society, i.e. idiots.

  38. JANEYon 06 Oct 2009 at 5:56 am

    My english teacher loves THIS!

  39. Horse loveron 22 Oct 2009 at 8:35 am

    i think this story is quite good i mean like my class did it in school and then we wrote a essay on it :)

  40. Michaelon 30 Oct 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I would recommend Orson Scott Card’s “Unaccompanied Sonata” to anyone that is interested in this genre of short story (in addition to the Vonnegut already mentioned).

  41. icecubefloweron 31 Oct 2009 at 7:18 am

    A lot of the commenters here would obviously pass the test.

  42. Ronon 31 Oct 2009 at 6:31 pm

    My heart goes out to my American cousins who live in such a state of fear and paranoia…

  43. Jowlon 02 Nov 2009 at 2:18 am

    I like eggs

  44. llamaon 02 Nov 2009 at 2:24 am

    Its called totalitarianism.
    It means the government has complete control over society.
    At the start Dickie is asking lots of questions and his dad gives him stupid answers.
    This is probably because he is stupid himself because he is still alive.
    The liquid they give him is probably something like truth serum so he cant lie in the test and fail so he can live.

    If you read “The Pedestrian” by “Ray Bradbury” the story runs along similar lines.

  45. Jowlon 02 Nov 2009 at 2:26 am

    Bacon and eggs is so good

  46. Mon 07 Nov 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I love this story the more i read it. We are writing an essay on a character from it at school and I find it really interesting. I choose Mr Jordan and now the more i think about it i reckon he is an amazing character and has a really interesting way of dealing with the situation :)

    Some of you guys leaving comments obviously dont understand the meaning of the short story….

  47. Mon 07 Nov 2009 at 9:19 pm

    also ladiesman217 has got issues :/

  48. Kateon 12 Nov 2009 at 3:09 am

    I think this story is one of literary genius, though this kind of story was not alone in the era it was written.

  49. T.Jon 08 Dec 2009 at 11:39 pm

    If you’re interested in this genre read “Harrison Bergeron”

  50. Yogion 31 Dec 2009 at 7:57 am

    Seems a pretty harsh story for 8th graders.

  51. bobon 16 Jan 2010 at 3:52 pm

    it is a good but depressing story

  52. Anonymouson 26 Jan 2010 at 5:25 am

    Great story.

  53. armendoon 08 Feb 2010 at 12:01 am

    ur gay

  54. lisaon 08 Feb 2010 at 12:02 am

    no im not armendo

  55. Analcheeseon 24 Feb 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Good story if you understand it but i think some Fucko’s don
    t

  56. tomon 25 Feb 2010 at 7:54 pm

    i love this story so much it makes me feel like masturbating

  57. Charlieon 25 Feb 2010 at 7:55 pm

    This story leaves you tripping balls. shame it isnt elaborated

  58. Charlieon 25 Feb 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Fap over this story in addition to granny porn

  59. stoneon 28 Feb 2010 at 1:00 am

    wow this story is mind opening. but it really makes you think..

  60. Anonymuson 25 Apr 2010 at 4:19 am

    WHY are people swearing so much?

    Obviously if your using the work ‘fuck’ or ‘asshole’ as a connecting word between your mindless blabber you dont understand an excellent piece of writing that is infront of you.

    Its so insightful and invokes emotion in you if you take the time to really read it through and think.

    Opressive government isnt just a thing of fiction hehe

    And may i add that i Playboy must of had a section in their magazine for stories from people to be published, Henry Slesar obviously took whatever opportunity he could to get his story published. Its not that this story has any sexual themes!

  61. Rebeccaon 29 Apr 2010 at 12:19 pm

    those people who are using that language should really respect the piece.
    personally i think that you’re making yourself sound very low and pathetic. do you not have anything better to do than comment on an excellent short story?

  62. Charlieon 05 May 2010 at 5:49 am

    I just wrote a test about the text in my english lesson and I liked it very much. Unbereable good. It made me think and I wrote more than 1000 words about it. The hidden moral was quiet easy to figure it out at all…
    Love it!

  63. mr. xon 05 May 2010 at 3:11 pm

    you made a mistake

    We regret to inform you that his intelligence quotient [is above]* the Government regula­tion, according to Rule 84 Section 5 of the New Code

    *has exceeded

  64. Anonymouson 17 May 2010 at 6:57 am

    din mamma

  65. Anonymouson 24 Jun 2010 at 8:51 am

    You can tell the cursing people who hate it or have no clue what it means are just fine and dandy with the Kenyan Muslim dictator. America is almost dumbed down enough….

  66. Chargers Fanon 25 Jun 2010 at 12:46 pm

    This is how Sarah Palin would run things if she could.

  67. Anonymouson 01 Jul 2010 at 1:44 am

    man this fucking storo fucks man bcoz the dick is stated in here and i think it only implies sexual themes….uuhhhh fuck it

  68. Anonymouson 01 Jul 2010 at 1:47 am

    well it can only be said that Dick dies because he might have fucked his dick with the lady who calls his parents..so its patent that he died of a sexual torture…

  69. Alishaon 01 Jul 2010 at 1:54 am

    No im sorry to say that Dickie is executed due to his high level of intelligence which is not accepted in his society. the story is so interesting and you dimwits dont seem to understand the tregady.. Happy Reading ae..

  70. Joeyon 04 Jul 2010 at 3:49 am

    This story is awful, I read it because my brother got it as an assignment for his english class and it’s stupid, it doesn’t make you think and it’s not insightful, what is it that inspires you?
    is it that fact that Richards father doesn’t love him and even on potentially the day that he might die all his dad can do is ‘give him a handshake’ that “Inspires” all you?
    all this story makes me think is that a dictatorship doesn’t start in england doing the same thing, that would suck.

  71. mu3allemon 06 Jul 2010 at 11:52 am

    i hate all sad stories
    and i hated this story more than any story i read in my whole life.

  72. Anonon 15 Jul 2010 at 12:39 am

    If it was first published in 1958 (Playboy, as an earlier commenter stated) then i think it could be a satire of eugenics. Eugenics wasn’t an unpopular principal back then. Of course, stupid people were the victims. This flips it around.

    I think unless you’re aware of the arguments for eugenics, and when eugenics was floating around peoples consciousness, then you wouldn’t get much out of this. I know only a little, but i found the story gripping, graphic and terrifying.

    It could also be used by the “small government” zealots in a suggestive way.

  73. Samon 23 Jul 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I liked this story a lot. It reflects on an oppressive society and makes us think about government control and how much is too much. It is a very disturbing story as in some society’s this is not far from the truth. The boy is an innocent victim of a totalatarian government who seem to be killing off those too intelligent to be of any threat to them. This is nazi like in their brutallity and instead of creating a supreme race they are dumbing the population down to fit their own needs. In some ways also like pul pot. Anyways just my thoughts on the initial read through

  74. Fredon 12 Aug 2010 at 9:23 pm

    This is a story to simply emphasis the effect and power that the government has over choosing who lives in a society. The smarter ones are killed so that there is more likely to rise up against the government. This whole story is to show how corruption destroys Power.. Its a metaphor dumb asses!

  75. lilWOLFbiteson 26 Aug 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Mah english teachr said something really freaky about this story the other day; that this MAY be the future of America. it friggs meh out. yeesh.

  76. kyleon 02 Sep 2010 at 2:37 pm

    the whole point in this story is to make people think that killing folk for being smart is ridiculous and obscene but infact when you think about it, it has been done all throughout history from the religous oppression against science when the likes of gallaleo and isaac newton were kicking about till upto the 1970s when Khmer Rouge had all the intellectuals in cambodia killed

  77. TBKon 24 Sep 2010 at 10:51 am

    Well- The story and episode are virtually identical but isn’t nice to know most of these sad morons would pass the test.
    This is a deceptively simple story I think it’s made it’s point.
    Ignore at your peril.

  78. Random#123on 24 Sep 2010 at 10:12 pm

    WTF…..Who the heck made this stucked up story,it does not make any god dam sense and like wat the hell again,the kids with bloody parents do not tell them about anything and then their kids sit for a bloody examination,they get killed,DO PRESIDENTS DO THAT?HOLY CRAP.this thing is epic and it is somewhat idiotic.And then all the girls who read this will go all emo and ask stucked up questions about this.GUYS,KILL ALL OF THEM IF THEY ASKS US MAN,DOWN WITH THIS BARBARIC EXAMINATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FUCK THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  79. Random#123on 24 Sep 2010 at 10:14 pm

    THIS IS ALL GOD DAM BULL SHIT

  80. Random#123on 24 Sep 2010 at 10:14 pm

    DO A BOOB JOB AND CUM THEIR FACES

  81. Anonymouson 17 Oct 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Warnings against totalitarianism and its effects on society; and how the totalitarian state could exert control.

  82. noson 11 Nov 2010 at 6:46 pm

    this ending is random

  83. anonymouson 14 Nov 2010 at 11:32 pm

    this story is actually about the government having too much power and eliminating the higher intelligent people, so they could get absolute control. It’s warning us, so our governments don’t become like us. Obviously, some idiots above don’t see the powerful meaning to this short story.
    This is about the only short story, I enjoyed studying this year.

  84. anonymouson 14 Nov 2010 at 11:33 pm

    at comment about^
    you mean.. like this?
    some intelligent person, you are.

  85. Emmmaon 14 Nov 2010 at 11:34 pm

    HAHA^ AGREED MAN.
    WOW.

  86. annnnnonon 15 Nov 2010 at 3:07 am

    SO QUICK, what are some symbols used?

  87. Amyon 15 Nov 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I read this when I was a kid, and I have been trying to find it, but I couldn’t think of the name. Thanks!

  88. Trollbusteron 06 Jan 2011 at 6:05 am

    These trolls here are some of the worst I have ever seen in my life. It’s like they’re not even trying.

  89. Nicki101on 09 Jan 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Why didnt his parents warn him about the test? What if they could have saved him by telling him to act stupid?

  90. Smoke TNTon 21 Jan 2011 at 6:17 am

    ‘What if they could have saved him by telling him to act stupid?’

    I think that’s where the truth serum comes in. There was nothing they could do except discourage his curiousity.

  91. Dick diedon 29 Jan 2011 at 9:05 pm

    This story sux! It doesnt even makes sense!

  92. SayHeyBayon 02 Feb 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Trollers on this thread are either super stupid and mean what they say, or are just medium dumb, thinking they’re all edgy by making super stupid comments indicative of the dim-witted and misinformed father in the story. How meta. Way brilliant.

    The story just goes to illustrate how easy it is for people to be told what is acceptable, factual, or ideal. A world that rewards stupidity? We already have one.

    Welcome to the California public school system, where we raise the water level of intelligence by dredging the bottom.

  93. Danon 05 Feb 2011 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for posting this. I read this at school when I was about 12. Has stuck with me ever since but I could never remember who wrote it.

  94. kgirlon 05 Feb 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Wow! I like the story, I was thinking in my head,” Oh wow, did NOT see that coming!!!

  95. cguyon 07 Feb 2011 at 12:52 am

    i love this story brings back memories of high school

  96. koolieboonon 08 Feb 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I’m in tenth grade and we just read it. For others who enjoyed it like me I strongly suggest reading 1984 by George Orwell as it has a very similar satirical outlook on the Government and their malignant potential. Just a suggestion :)

  97. hoohaaheeon 22 Feb 2011 at 8:39 am

    I was 12 when this was first broadcast as an episode of the twilight zone (1985) and it scared the bejeezus out of me.

    To those children posting here using bad language and loudly exclaiming how “fuc*ed” it is..

    ..don’t worry, if this potential government ever comes into existence, YOUR parents will have nothing to fear.

  98. no nameson 28 Mar 2011 at 1:51 am

    i really liked this on a subconscious level, man , it was so deep, it related to my life.

  99. chloeon 02 Apr 2011 at 12:57 pm

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  100. casanovaon 09 Apr 2011 at 4:01 pm

    fck dis

  101. nicoon 19 Apr 2011 at 9:14 am

    Hello, I need some help to answer these questions please, can somebody help me ?
    I didn’t understand at all this story :$

    1. How would you describe the mood of Mr and Mrs Jordan at the opening of the story?(Write down any of the following which you think are appropriate) Are they:

    cheerful nervous neutral worried happy sad scared

    Find some evidence to support what you think (CLUE: Look at the adjectives and adverbs that Slesar uses in the story)

    2. Why do you think Mr and Mrs Jordan are in this mood?

    3. “He fingered the topmost comic of the stack, but seemed uninterested in the colorful (sic)* squares of fast-paced action. He wandered towards the window,and peered gloomily at the veil of mist that shrouded the glass.”
    Use a dictionary to find the meaning of the words veil, wander, gloomily, and shroud. How is Dickie feeling at this point in the story, and how do these words give us a clue to the ending of the story?

    4. What evidence is there in the first section of the story that Dickie is quite intelligent? (Use quotations to support your answer)

    5. “Thousands of children take this test every day. The Government wants to know how smart you are.” Do you think that tests are a good thing in school? Should teachers test you to make sure you are learning, or should you not have to bother?

    6. Normally, we are pleased when we pass a test, do you think Dickie will pass this test? (CLUE: It may help you to think of the meaning of the word “test.” See what the Dictionary says a test is)

    7. “The room was as cold and official as a courtroom, with long benches flanking metal tables” This is how the writer describes the place that Dickie must sit the test. Does it sound like a friendly place? (Find some more evidence to support your answer)

    8. Why do you think Dickie is given a drink before sitting his test, and is this normal when you are sitting a test?

    9. “Complete this sequence. One, four, seven, ten…” This is the first question that Dickie is asked. What is the next number in the sequence, and do you think it is a difficult question?

    10. “We regret to inform you that his intelligence quotient has exceeded the Government regulation, according to Rule 84, Section 5, of the New Code.”

    i) Which word tells us that Mr. Jordan is about to get bad news?
    ii) What does “intelligence quotient” mean? (Use a dictionary, or ask a teacher if you can’t work it out)
    iii) What do you think that “Rule 84, Section 5, of the New Code” is?

    11. Why did Dickie fail the test, what happened to him, and do you think this was fair?

    * – The expression (sic) is used to show that the word before it is correct, even if it looks wrong. What is the word that looks wrong here, and why does it look this way? (CLUE: Stars and Stripes)

  102. hahaon 08 May 2011 at 6:11 am

    hi

  103. hahaon 08 May 2011 at 6:12 am

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  105. jordanon 08 May 2011 at 6:13 am

    wat a good story

  106. jordanon 08 May 2011 at 6:13 am

    wat a shit story

  107. estheron 08 May 2011 at 6:16 am

    fuck u cunts

  108. josephon 08 May 2011 at 6:19 am

    i suck

  109. josephon 08 May 2011 at 6:20 am

    no esther sucks

  110. josephon 08 May 2011 at 6:24 am

    sorry

  111. estheron 08 May 2011 at 6:24 am

    srry

  112. Jasmine Koriaon 25 May 2011 at 12:58 am

    THAT IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF DISRESPECT OF HUMAN RIGHTS. IF ONLY COMMUNISTS COULD SEE THAT THE ONLY WAY FOR THEIR COUNTRY TO HAVE A BETTER FUTURE IS TO ALLOW THE YOUNGER GENERATION TO LIVE! AND BESIDES…IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL IF BRILLIANT PEOPLE GROW UP AND OVERTHROW THE COMMUNIST LEADERS OF THEIR COUNTRIES…

  113. tarruon 09 Jun 2011 at 2:36 am

    this is a stupid story that i eva studid …………its ful of bulshit fact

  114. Anonymouson 13 Jun 2011 at 3:02 am

    Everyone has their own way of thinking,if you like it just say it,if you hate it,just say it.I do not think it is appropriate to use such vulgar language or insult other people.People who do that obviously have nothing better to do

  115. Anonymouson 15 Jun 2011 at 2:32 am

    Had to read the ending over and over again to believe it :D

  116. Anonymouson 15 Jun 2011 at 2:33 am

    ^why does it say it’s 2:32AM when it is 5:32PM?

  117. 1985on 24 Jun 2011 at 7:54 am

    What is more intriguing than this story are the disingenuous posts that follow. Why do people post such drivel? Presumably it’s not because their IQ only equips them to achieve profanity. What is it? Are you simply craving to be noticed? Posting to have someone acknowledge your existence? In fact… why am I posting this post?

  118. ladiesmanon 02 Jul 2011 at 1:32 am

    I’M BAACCKK GUUYSSSSS

  119. archieon 02 Jul 2011 at 1:33 am

    fuck off ladiesman, this story may be shit, but don’t come here just to spam the fucking comments

  120. cameronon 02 Jul 2011 at 1:34 am

    Hated the story, fucking story fucked ass! for fuck’s sake, can anybody write a decent story nowadays???

  121. The Governmenton 18 Aug 2011 at 7:26 am

    To all those who think this story isnt good but ‘fucked’, you’re all FULL OF SHIT!!

  122. AYKon 19 Aug 2011 at 3:48 am

    this story rox! maybe its juz a little weird…

  123. Anonymouson 23 Aug 2011 at 12:31 pm

    i’m in 8th grade and we’re studying this short story. to be honest when i first read it, it didn’t make sense at all. i had to google it and research about the meaning of the story. pretty weird. and not a very good story for 12/13 year olds to be studying about. vast loss of interest.

  124. Anonymouson 03 Sep 2011 at 8:25 am

    i need help guys i have to do this for my homework

  125. stephanieon 03 Sep 2011 at 8:26 am

    help asap!

  126. 785chaseon 10 Sep 2011 at 4:07 am

    nico..do u have a twitter or request line or something? u broke that down in a way that was sooo profound, if u are not a teacher i think u should be. im 30 n was blown away..any questions i had were made clear just by u leading me to be answer them myself..thx, i would be interested to be ‘lead’ on other topics as well

  127. 785chaseon 10 Sep 2011 at 4:12 am

    just read that again, @nico if u were reciting ur assignment, wat is ur teachers name and pls pay attn in that class, whoever posed these ? is going to be pivotal in shaping ur mind, i guarantee

  128. Randomon 11 Sep 2011 at 12:26 am

    Seriously, you guys, get a grip.
    All of you who are cursing at this story and saying terrible things about it clearly misunderstand the story and it’s purpose.

    It does make sense if you take 3 seconds to use your puny pathetic brains to work it out.

    It was a corrupt goverment that controlled everyone. They tried to keep everyone dumb and stupid so they weren’t smart enough to see it was wrong to do this, and to do this they needed to remove people that were too smart – Richard was too smart, so they removed him. His parents were probably ordered not to tell him about the exam by law, and it wouldn’t have mattered – he couldn’t have lied or anything to seem dumb, not with the truth syrup they gave him.

    You retards should hope this never really happens. Because if you still don’t understand what the stories about now, you will if this ever comes to pass.

  129. Anonymouson 19 Sep 2011 at 2:27 pm

    that is AWESOME!! i’m in year 7 and studying it

  130. noobasson 26 Sep 2011 at 8:06 am

    it is un fair to kill an innoccone chil

  131. Anonymouson 26 Sep 2011 at 6:58 pm

    ugh i have 2 write an essay on this story!!!!!!!!!!!!

  132. emmaon 28 Sep 2011 at 4:10 pm

    OMG! What happened next!!??

  133. Emily-Janeon 28 Sep 2011 at 4:11 pm

    OMG! I want to know what happened! How did he die, Why did he die, What will happen to him if he hasn’t died!?

  134. Emily-Janeon 28 Sep 2011 at 4:13 pm

    hey mee 2! am doin the ending to this story as my homework! i need answers!!

  135. Anonymouson 05 Oct 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I have to write an essay on this too. He get’s killed because he is too smart for the Governments liking. There is a totalitarian regime taking place here, the Government are controlling everything and don’t wan’t children who are too smart now to grow up and realise that they have no freedom and try to change things.

  136. Anonymouson 05 Oct 2011 at 2:58 pm

    the goverment doesnt want the kid to be too clever or he oculd take over the goverment ..so they kill him , this story was written ages ago ..and shows a way of ‘totalitarianism’ which basicly is a form of goverment in which the rules is a absolute dictator

  137. Anonymouson 07 Oct 2011 at 1:54 am

    @Random I’d like to add that if it does happen, they’ll be the ones left around. THAT is why it’s a scary future to imagine.

  138. imscrewedon 12 Oct 2011 at 12:46 pm

    im fucked, i have to write an in class essay about this tomorrow -.-

  139. lollon 12 Oct 2011 at 1:58 pm

    lol

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  141. Xenodudeon 20 Oct 2011 at 6:41 pm

    wow this story is great I didnt understand it at the first time I was like what burial ten dollar fee ? Then when I read it again I was like gasp great story how the goverment controlls things my mom all into free mason and illuminati in fact illuminati means the iluminated ones which only they are illumnated with light or knowledge of what really happens and only those illuminated ones get the knowledge repptillians aliens ufos conspiracy brainwash goverment has power he even when we are awake he brainwashes us to remember nothing they did to us and the same to the couldve been witnesses but instead of letting the opposite happen no we must take over this planet and hide secrets sooner or later they are going to come out and say well this is reality people face it every culture around the world has talked about a race of lizard people or serphent people repptillians every world leader is one hey everybody who says cus words probably is the goverment trying to neutralize it from spreading just trying to sugar coat it keep spreading it anoymaus its time for the people to open their eyes

  142. Xenodudeon 20 Oct 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I love your enthusiasam anonymous keep it flowing keep gowing keep it gowing dont let the goverment wear you down go anonymous

  143. John Moseron 21 Oct 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Most of the posters here would have nothing to fear in this sort of scenario.

  144. Story Readeron 25 Oct 2011 at 3:48 pm

    What you guys see in the story is just a little boy getting killed. The underlying message is that people are evil and if we don’t do anything about it bad things will happen. The IQ test does not matter about how smart you are. It’s about how much information can you soak into your brain. That is practically it. If you are not able to see the moral of this story then I give you sympathy. Sad tale of course but the wording of this story makes me delighted.

  145. Jesuson 28 Oct 2011 at 6:37 pm

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  146. kathrynon 10 Nov 2011 at 4:00 pm

    when i first read this story i thought `i wasn`t expecting that to happen you just don`t expect the lad to be killed because of how high his intelligence rate was. Overall it is a good short story and i don`t think i will ever forget it.

  147. Rosson 23 Jan 2012 at 3:30 am

    i also read this as a child in junior high and could never get it out of my mind. truth be told i think it has changed me over the years and my outlook on school. great story and i hope to past it on the my kids “FREE THE MIND AND FEED THE SOUL”

  148. Raindrops on roseson 30 Jan 2012 at 9:25 am

    The story’s a bit gothic…

  149. Anonymouson 22 Feb 2012 at 5:14 am

    People who don’t understand the story are morons.

  150. yogafan108on 25 Feb 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I remember this story from 8th grade, also. I never forgot about it. Enjoyed reading it again today.

  151. dude_HIon 10 Mar 2012 at 4:15 am

    this story is sooooo good. it inspires me as it is such a good story.

  152. dude_HIon 10 Mar 2012 at 4:20 am

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  153. dude_HIon 12 Mar 2012 at 4:17 am

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  154. yogafan108on 13 Mar 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Yes, the boy is dead. The government had him killed. The boy was “too smart”. The government was afraid he would over throw them as an adult. The government in the story wanted to take care of those who could challenge them.

  155. Anonymouson 15 Mar 2012 at 7:44 pm

    hello bitches

  156. Anonymouson 15 Mar 2012 at 7:45 pm

    you guys are reading a sad story so guess what cussing isnt that bad so shut the fuck up

  157. roroon 16 Mar 2012 at 3:08 am

    dose the boy die ????
    i don’t understand … just becouse the exam … i don’t get the moral from this story is it : ” don’t do any exams ?? ” ….. XP

  158. soon 16 Mar 2012 at 3:09 am

    dose the boy die ????
    i don’t understand … just becouse the exam … i don’t get the moral from this story is it : ” don’t do any exams ?? ” ….. XP

  159. aadrita senon 07 Apr 2012 at 11:24 am

    touching story.has a hidden message in it.i liked it

  160. badbullon 16 Apr 2012 at 6:59 pm

    the story is very interesting and fun…..but fuck the damn government….this is bullshit…..and im havin a test on it rite after typin this …………fuk the government

  161. Anonymouson 21 May 2012 at 2:33 pm

    ‘He wandered towards the window and peered gloomily at the veil of mist that shrouded the glass’

    Does anybody know what figure of speech this is?

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  165. Jackie Williamson 01 Jun 2012 at 12:57 am

    Anonymous on 21 May 2012 at 2:33 pm
    ‘He wandered towards the window and peered gloomily at the veil of mist that shrouded the glass’

    Does anybody know what figure of speech this is?

    This is called “pathetic falllacy” when the setting mirrors the character’s mood.

  166. Matt Buttson 14 Jun 2012 at 12:01 pm

    After reading some of the comments on this page, I am beginning to suspect this story has already come true.

  167. Evanon 15 Jun 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I have never forgotten this story, I read it when I was very young and it left a deep impression on me. God it pains me to see some of the replies posted here, are we raising a nation of illiterate retards? What I can absorb from this thread is most of the people commenting would have passed this “test” anyway. It’s those of us that can fully understand and appreciate the implications of this work that would need to fear it’s comming to pass.

    The scary thing is, as humans evolve globally we may one day come to this point. We look back on the wild west, of European antiquity, the Egyptians and we say my god, those people were cave men. Look at how much safer and technologiclly progressive we are now. Ask yourself this: What if we decided one day the punishment for breaking any law was death? How safe we would be, within one generation everyone with a criminal tendency would be wiped out. A “harmonius” society with no danger present to those who follow the law. Why stop their, let’s ensure there is no racism, we cannot have disparity, let’s make everyone the same color. Surely we shouldn’t risk intelligence disparity ether? Everyone must be on the same page, let’s weed out the high and the low.

  168. helenon 26 Jun 2012 at 5:18 am

    this story is interesting just like this other short story i read called , ‘the lottery’ . but the lottery is much more scary. this story its kinda dumb though cause the government kills children if they are too smart because they might use their smartness to have power over them so yeah. why i think is dumb? because if the government want the children to not be smarter than they are, then why the hell would they let them have an education in the first place? unacceptable right here man

  169. Anonymouson 06 Jul 2012 at 10:11 pm

    This story is kind of stupid and doesn’t really makes sense at all

  170. AnonymousXDon 04 Aug 2012 at 8:07 am

    The story is like kinda short…

  171. LOLon 04 Aug 2012 at 8:07 am

    The story is like kinda short…

  172. LOLon 04 Aug 2012 at 8:08 am

    It’s kind of short…

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    Oh my god you people are dumb

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  182. kylaon 12 Sep 2012 at 3:38 pm

    nice

  183. Anonymouson 13 Sep 2012 at 5:11 am

    You all obivously don’t respect true literature.
    This story is written very well with a very strong theme.
    Don’t like it, don’t reread it, stop with the hatred.
    I’d like to read a better story written by all the people that have commented negative opinions.

  184. Mickon 18 Sep 2012 at 9:55 am

    This story always puts me in mind of an old Genesis song, “Get ‘em Out by Friday” :
    “This is the office of population control…it is my sad duty to report on a four-foot restriction on humanoid height. It’s said, now that people will be shorter in height, we can fit twice as many in the same building site; they say it’s alright!”

  185. Anonymouson 07 Nov 2012 at 1:42 am

    its ok

  186. bobby69on 07 Nov 2012 at 1:44 am

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  187. Anonymouson 17 Nov 2012 at 8:31 am

    we read this in english 28 years ago and i cried in class i thought it to horrible to be true
    how wrong could a 12 year old be

  188. Jakeyon 18 Nov 2012 at 12:12 am

    Great story with a great them, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Bashar Al-Assad should read this and gtfo

  189. Jakeyon 18 Nov 2012 at 12:12 am

    Great story with a great theme, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Bashar Al-Assad should read this and gtfo

  190. darcyon 19 Nov 2012 at 5:29 pm

    this story makes me happ[y

  191. darcyon 19 Nov 2012 at 5:30 pm

    how is everyone feeling
    today

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  197. safaon 28 Nov 2012 at 12:58 pm

    amzing story so upsetting

  198. Anonymouson 01 Dec 2012 at 6:56 am

    peak time i am learing about the at school shit

  199. SAFA-IS-A-CUNTon 03 Dec 2012 at 8:47 am

    safa i think it would be best if u grew some balls then shoved them up your asshole k bye

  200. Raul Martinezon 25 Dec 2012 at 9:47 pm

    The ten dollar government interment fee is the final twist of the knife.

  201. Anonymouson 26 Dec 2012 at 12:59 pm

    ~~~# icecubefloweron 31 Oct 2009 at 7:18 am
    A lot of the commenters here would obviously pass the test.~~~

    No doubt… What’s truly sad… is they would also be proud of that fact!!!

  202. RoBoon 13 Jan 2013 at 1:58 pm

    The sad truth is that this kind of goverment, which surpresses its citizens is present in this world, hiding behind a wall of lies and giving anybody the death sentence who gets to close to the truth…
    We get told at school and from TV how good they are and don´t even dare to say our opinion …. FUCK USA

  203. Anonymouson 15 Mar 2013 at 10:03 am

    fuck you mrs .schreck !!! I ve no idea for the fucking test in english

  204. Anonymouson 01 Apr 2013 at 11:28 pm

    fuck this shit i gotta read this and write a fucking sequel to it.

  205. Natalieon 10 Apr 2013 at 2:29 pm

    for all you idiots saying it’s not a good story clearly don’t understand it. It’s a story based on the authors fears of the future. He is scared that some day we will be forced to kill people because they are too clever. Or people will be killed because other are scared of not being smarter than others.

    In the story his dad is scared his son is too smart for the test and tells him all the wrong answers to the questions he asks. That making him less smart. When Dickie asks about the test his dad didn’t want t speak about it, knowing he was too clever for the test and he would be killed. In the end Dickie takes the test and his dad was right. He was too smart for the test and was killed as the government are scared he is too clever to live and would over power them.

    Just for the idiots who don’t think it’s a good story, if you was to take the test you would still be alive, for sure :)

    Natalie, aged 14

  206. morganon 12 Apr 2013 at 10:28 pm

    well , i have no say cause its part of y units in english here in university

  207. Kurton 14 Apr 2013 at 6:57 pm

    This story, in many ways, has been realized. Much of schooling is about molding and shaping attitudes, and forming what is called a good citizen, with academic and reasoning skills taking a second place. There has been a deliberate dumbing down of students for several decades. I say this because we have known for centuries how to educate people, how to teach them reading and mathematics, and reasoning skills. So if this is not being accomplished, it is the result of a deliberate departure from those effective methods. Students that lack the proper attitudes are not outright killed in the manner described in the story. Instead of this, they are often marginalized and pushed off to the side so that those with the proper attitudes can prevail.

  208. Jeffon 01 May 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Was it really a totalitarian government thing? First heard of the story in the new colorized Twilight Zone (is on right now on Chiller channel in fact.) Beginning shows a futuristic society. But if the government kills off all the smart people how did they become so future-tech? I always thought it was a sort of ‘society gets so smart it can wipe itself out so THEN starts killing off the smart people.’ Wanting to return to a simpler existence or something.

    Reminds me though of an Orwell saying of like, “Those who cannot write well cannot think well, and will have others do their thinking for them.”

    Wanted to google the author and find more out about the story. Bummed it’s so short. Hate it when stories leave you havng to think. ;)

  209. this story is coolon 24 Jun 2013 at 10:07 am

    Is the teacher wrong to give this to us in the equivalent of 5th grade?
    Cos if she is then idk what went wrong with the government.
    P.S. I’m gonna fail the test.
    P.S.S. this is gonna givbe me nightmares

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  211. Anonon 24 Jul 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I always love short stories, and this one has a lot of themes which are so present, those who dont understand them obviously dont try to read deeper than what is written on the page very often.
    @llama, I dont believe that Mr Jordan was stupid himself, but instead trying to give Dickie the wrong answers in the hope that if he got asked those questions in the exam he would get them wrong and therefore would fail (or pass, I’m not sure if being able to live is considered failling).

  212. Spiffon 01 Sep 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I read this in sixth grade. It was in a “weekly reader” style magazine. I thought it was a warning to class brains to keep a low profile.

    When I read “Rule 84″ just now, I thought of the fact that 84% of the population has an IQ below 115. Could that be the cutoff? (50% are below average, the next 34% are between average and one standard deviation above average.)

    Sometimes I wonder if Dickie had really been killed, or just shuttled off to be trained to be part of the government. Maybe that’s what happens when you choose the government burial.

    As for the people using bad language, they’re just scared the gov’t will come after them for being too smart. Not that they have to worry….

  213. Josh diddlelesson 18 Sep 2013 at 5:42 pm

    lol this is good btw

  214. Michael Bayon 18 Sep 2013 at 5:43 pm

    needs more explosions

  215. Adam Garingon 19 Sep 2013 at 8:38 pm

    man you guys suck dick and your opinions are stupid

  216. Anonymouson 22 Sep 2013 at 10:35 pm

    that is fucked up

  217. bozoon 15 Oct 2013 at 6:22 am

    fuck you all

  218. Anonymouson 28 Oct 2013 at 3:20 am

    It’s just a FUCKING story ! geez if yous can write a better story than please I kindly ask that you fuck off and do it and we’ll see !
    thank you

  219. jah vixon 04 Nov 2013 at 3:11 am

    Literature is a bitch it needs effort to able to understand the shortstory and answer it essay format.. Caita

  220. Your MUM!on 18 Nov 2013 at 8:58 pm

    FUCK YOU’S ALL!! Just a story bitches!

  221. ur shitty mom liked this shitty storyon 04 Dec 2013 at 7:35 am

    THIS IS THE GAYEST PEICE OF SHIT EVER WRITTEN! Why have the kid take a test before they killed him! Why not just kill the fucking little bitch! Why not just kill all the kids and make the parents pay for the funerals! Kill a million kids and that’s like 20 million bucks for the Goverment right there!

  222. Anonymouson 06 Dec 2013 at 1:28 am

    Fucking internet.

  223. anonymouson 09 Dec 2013 at 2:10 pm

    omg this is kinda scary -.-

  224. Florenceon 01 Feb 2014 at 6:45 pm

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  225. Anonymouson 10 Feb 2014 at 4:21 am

    bunch of retards who are clearly only pursuing ESL or standard english

  226. Anonymouson 10 Feb 2014 at 6:17 am

    I read this in 7th grad it freaked me out dying cause your too smart really… Scary. O-O

  227. Materon 11 Feb 2014 at 7:13 am

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  228. Anonymouson 13 Feb 2014 at 4:49 am

    Please shut ur fucking mouths up people who think this story is terrible. Can u do better? I think not cause ur a fucking dick who likes to trash talk stories u dumb cunt. I hope u someday learn to appreciate how much effort people put into stories for the public. So for now, go kill urself and rip ur penis off.

  229. issieon 28 Feb 2014 at 9:25 pm

    The ending was wow that is just very wierd and you dont now its going to end that way! =(

  230. Peteron 26 Mar 2014 at 7:55 am

    This thread shows that extreme measures or a despotic government are not needed to make people stupid. Just give young people no-fault divorced parents, an indifferent public school education by unionized teachers more concerned with their payscale than educating kids, lots of free time that is spent on electronics and dumb movies and television and other entertainment fit for an imbecile, mix in the acceptance of vulgarity and stupid text-shorthand, and make sure they have an internet connection to spread their stupidity as far and wide as possible and that will do it all by itself.

    If you can convince these Eloi to vote, all the better. They’ll always vote for the overlords who promise them the easiest ride and the least possible freedom and independence.

  231. Anonymous2on 23 May 2014 at 2:31 am

    You could also have a story where young kids are asked to read the story “examination day” in school at a young age. Some kids may be smart enough to realize that the actual assignment of this story is kind of weird and might actually be a veiled threat to them by the very society they are entering. These kids are then deemed possibly to smart to live in the society.

  232. mark dubowitzon 09 Jul 2014 at 8:24 pm

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    Examination Day by Henry Slesar

  233. […] Day” is based on a short story by Henry Seslar first published in the 1950′s. I like this summary of the setup from All Things Dark and […]

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