This work is an essay rather than a short story. In your opinion, what are the defining qualities of both genres of literature?
Swift's essay is darkly satirical, although that may not be obvious at first glance. What are the textual clues that suggest Swift isn't serious with his thesis?
Swift's essay is very political. Is there room in a class devoted to literature to explore topical issues such as race, class, or poverty? Where should the line be drawn?