Answer the questions below with a short paragraph (about 75-100 words).
Think of a story you enjoy.
- What is the setting of the story?
- Ex. Sherlock Holmes – London, England in the age of Queen Victoria
- Who are the main characters?
- How would you describe them?
- What do you like about the characters?
- Are there secondary/minor characters you also like? Why?
- What is the conflict in the story?
- (Ex. Harry Potter vs Voldemort — Harry has to kill Voldemort to restore balance in the world.)
- What can you say about the resolution? (Ex. Harry Potter kills Voldemort by allowing himself to be killed.)
- What is the theme of the story? What did you learn from the story? (Ex. Harry Potter — love, friendship, good conquers evil, etc.)
- Why do you like the story?
- Be sure to have a proper introduction and conclusion!
Your paragraph is DUE THURS 30 OCTOBER, 11:59 pm
Your reply to your classmate is DUE FRI 31 OCTOBER 11:59 pm
When replying to classmate, don’t just say “I like that story, too!” or something similar. Add to the conversation with a two or three sentences of more detail or another example.
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
The Caves of Steel (1954) by Isaac Asimov is an entertaining science-fiction murder mystery everyone can enjoy. 3,000 years in the future, wealthy people called Spacers live on faraway planets. People on Earth live in overcrowded indoor cities (caves of steel) with robot helpers. Earth people do not trust robots, and they are jealous of Spacers. An important Spacer is killed on Earth and police detective Elijah Bailey has to find the killer with the help of his new robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw. Bailey is stubborn and has a bad temper. Although R. Daneel looks and acts like a human, Bailey has difficulty working with him because he is a robot. When the mystery is solved at the end, Bailey learns to respect his partner. I really enjoy the dark way Asimov shows the future. Technology is more advanced, but people still have to deal with jobs, social status, and prejudice. Reading this novel set in the future is a fun way to remind ourselves that people don’t change.