Dumb Martian

During Language class we read teh story “Dumb Martian” and we answered some questions about the story, here are the answers:

  1.  Discuss the full significance of the title of the story. Where and when does it begin?
  2.  What seems to be the attitudes in the society about buying a female Martian? What are the rules?
  3. Who is Lellie, where did Duncan Weaver get her from, and why did he buy her?  How much does she end up costing him?
  4. Where is Weaver going, for how long, and what will his position/ duties be?  What seems to be his  main motivation in going?
  5. What do we learn about Weaver in the beginning? How are we made to feel about him at     first?
  6.  Where is the Company Agent based and what is his role? Summarise what he says in response to Weaver’s talk of ‘dumb Martian’.  What further limitations of Weaver are made obvious (75-76) in the conversation between the outgoing supervisor and Weaver?
  7.  How are the Martians described at the top of p70? What do we learn of them and their history/ civilization?
  8. How is Jupiter IV/II, Weaver’s “future home”, described on page p70? Why is this description particularly effective/ suggestive?
  9.  What is the effect of how the universe is described (bottom 76 and top 77)? Quote the words uttered by Weaver that contribute to this effect.
  10.  Describe Leslie’s appearance. Sketch/ draw what you think she looks like based on the details given.

Answers:

1) The title of the story is “Dumb Martian”. We think that the story is called like that because of one of the main characters who was a martian. Duncan is Lillie’s husband but he didn’t love her. He involved himself in a marriage ceremony to travelled to Júpiter.

2) The attitudes in the society about buying a female martian were racist and a society that supports slavery, discrimination and chauvinism.

3) Lellie is a martian, Duncan bought her first for 1000 but finally got her for $ 2,310, he needed her because he had to travel to jupiter and needed someone to get married with. He needed to go to Jupiter because he had to work there.

4) Weaver is going to the second largest moon called Júpiter IV/II and he went for 5 years. His appointment was as Station Officer. His main motivation on going to Júpiter was that he would be earning 5000, a year tax free, that would be 25000 in five years.

5) At first we can see that Duncan is a person who is very interested in his job and money and that he doesn’t cares of the feelings of the rest. We don’t feel very proud of him because he only buys Lellie to travel to Jupiter.

6) The Company Agent is on Mars. His role is to avoid slavery and selling of Martians. The agent tells Weaver they may look dumb but they are in fact very clever and loyal. it is made obvious that he can’t move from one planet to another without a passport.

7) At page 17 martians are described like intelligent and also it says that martians are not as dumb as Weaver thought. Also says that they are clever and smart.

8) As a huge, isolated, silver pencil standing on end. There was a blue light and men and machines working under the ship’s great tail. It is breathtaking.

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10) Lellie is a martian. At the beginning she seemed innocent, loyal, trustworthy, reliable and kind. We believe she is tall, with green skin and red hair. She has huge pointed ears but has no nose.

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Personal Passive

Our teacher Pilar asked to look up for what personal passive is, how to use it, etc. We were divided in gropus and I worked with Francesca and Josefina. Here is a presentation in which you can learn what personal passive is.

Here is an exercise to practice personal passive:
  1. People know that she is a good swimmer.
  2. They say that Francis is in hospital.
  3. They think that the children are in bed.
  4. People believe that the robber has worked in the bank.
  5. People believe that nuclear power stations are dangerous.
  6. His collegues thought that he was on holiday.
  7. People know that cars pollute the environment.
  8. They suppose that the new product will come out soon.
  9. They found that the mission was impossible.
  10. They believe that she will win a gold medal.


Senator’s wife found murdered in her home

Monday 13th of July, Elena Brown was found brutally stabbed to death in her home. She had been reported missing by her husband senator Jonathan Brown three days before the murder. It is believed that Brown was asked for a large amount of cash to give to the abductors in exchange of his wife, but before he could pay ransom, his wife was founded dead.

The police are still looking for the responsible, which if found will be taken to trial and given at least a sentence of eight years and a fine of $250.000.000 dollars. The main suspect is Victor Karun, who was given a restriction order as he had been stoking Jonathan Brown and his wife for weeks, going threw their mail, calling late hours at night. Karun used to be one of Elena’s most confident employees, but he had become much attached to her and ended becoming obsessed with her. That is why Elena had to let him go, which made things even worse, as he started to stock her and her husband.

There is not enough evidence to incriminate Karun for the murder of Elena Brown, so police is working and interviewing other suspects, to find the man responsible for this crime and bring him to justice.