For our Language class we read a short story called «Dumb Martian» thes are the questions that we had to answer about the story.
1.What seems to be the attitude in the society about buying female martians?
The attitude in the futuristic society of “Dumb Martian” towards buying female martian was illegal but people still bought them, because the society at that time though that martians were dumb and that they couldn’t think. But they actually were really intelligent, and this idea is proven when Lellie makes a plan to get Duncan out of the spaceship.
2.At the beginning of the story, where is Duncan Weaver going? For how long? What will his dutie be?
At the beginning of the story Duncan is going to Júpiter IV/II, he would have to stay for 5 years and his job there was a station officer.
3.Describe Lellie’s appearance. Draw a sketch of what you think she looks like?
Lellie is a short and thin martian with green skin, big round brown eyes that make her look as if she was surprised, purple hair, and really small mouth. At first she seems kind, shy and introverted, but at the end of the story we realize that she is a really smart martian that has two faces, the innocent one and the smart but dangerous one.
4.How are we given the impression that Lellie is a mere possession of Duncan? Use quotes.
We are given the impression that Lellie is a mere possession of Duncan, firstly because he bought her, and second because he trates Lellie like an object that can’t think, and that only was made to take care of the chores of the house.”Duncan Weaver boght Lellie from her parents for ?1,000.
5.Comment on the fact that Duncan lost to Lellie at chess.(a game that he had taught her)
When Duncan lost to Lellie at chess, a game that he taught her, it meant that Lellie was really intelligent and that she could learn fast. And Duncan saw this as a threat because he thought that if she learned things that fast she could figure out that he was the one to blame of Alan’s death.
6. Where in the story is Duncan’s verbal and physical abuse of Lellie at it’s worse?
Duncan’s verbal and physical abuse of Lellie was its worse when he got angry with her because she couldn’t pronounce the word yes, this was the worse because he hit her because of something insignificant.
7.Weaver Describes Alan as: “Snooty Ritzy and Snazzy”. What type of language is it and what does it tell us about the difference between the 2 men?
8.Why does Lellies question about female emancipation makes Weaver feel so angry?
Lellies question about female emancipation makes Duncan angry because he didn’t wanted her to know that woman were treated well and that beating woman was illegal and that it was really serious. Because if Lellie realized that what duncan was doing was bad she would maybe take revenge on her or maybe tell the police about how she was being treated and they could arrest him because of physical and verbal abuse towards her.
9.“She was a dumb Mart”. Do you agree with this phrase? Explain.
No, i don’t agree with this phrase because Lellie wasn’t actually dumb, she was really intelligent, and she seemed dumb because she at first couldn’t understand and speak the language well, but then she learned really quickly and that shows that she was really intelligent.
10.What message of relevance does this story have? (Technology, society, personal qualities) Connect the message to our present time.
The message of the story is to not underestimate people or as the phrace says “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” because sometimes people aren’t as we expect them to be. Also that we shouldn’t treat other races differently, we should all treat ourselves equally and respectfully, accepting the other’s opinions, religions, etc.