II. Answer the following with reference to the story.
“I wouldn’t throw it away.”
- Who says these words?
- What does ‘it’ refer to?
- What is it being compared with by the speaker?
- Margie says these words.
- It refers to that real book that Tommy found.
- The speaker compares it with a telebook.
“ Sure, they had a teacher, but it wasn’t a regular teacher. It was a man.”
- Who does ‘they’ refer to?
- What does ‘regular’ mean here?
- What is it contrasted with?
- ‘They’ refer to the people of the old times.
- Here, regularly refers to the mechanical teacher then they had.
- It is contrasted with a normal teacher of earlier times, who was a living human being.
III. Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (about 30 words).
What kind of teachers did Margie and Tommy have?
Margie and Tommy had mechanical teachers. They were taught on computers and television screens. They didn’t have a living person as a teacher who would teach the pupils in a classroom.
Why did Margie’s mother send for the County Inspector?
Margie’s mother sent for the County Inspector because the mechanical teacher was not functioning efficiently. It had been giving her test after test in geography and she had been doing worse and worse.
What did he do?
He slowed down the mechanical teacher’s speed upto an average ten-year level. The mechanical teacher’s speed was controlled and adjusted according to the IQ level of Margie.
Why was Margie doing badly in geography? What did the County Inspector do to help her?
Margie had been doing badly in geography. This was because the mechanical teacher was very fast in displaying the questionnaire. The County Inspector adjusted its speed upto an average ten-year level. Thus, the mechanical teacher’s speed was controlled appropriately. The County Inspector assured that the overall pattern of Margie’s progress was quite satisfactory.
What had once happened to Tommy’s teacher?
Tommy’s teacher was taken away for nearly a month because the history sector had blanked out completely. So, Tommy had nothing to do during that period. He only relaxed and enjoyed.
Did Margie have regular days and hours for school? If so, why?
Yes, Margie had regular days and hours for school because her mother said little girls learned better if they learned at regular hours.
How does Tommy describe the old kind of school?
Tommy says that the old schools were different. They had a special building and all the kids went there to study. They laughed and shouted in the schoolyard. They enjoyed time together and learned lessons together in a classroom.
How does he describe the old kind of teachers?
He says that the old teachers did not live in the house. They had a special building and all the kids went there. They gave homework to students. They were not mechanical teachers, but living human beings.