Answer: 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.
Answer: 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.
Answer: 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.
Answer: 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.
Answer: 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.
Answer: Yes, Margie had regular days and hours for school because her mother said little girls learned better if they learned at regular hours.
Answer: 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.
Answer: 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.
Margie and Tommy have mechanical teachers. They need not go to school for getting a formal education. The mechanical teacher is placed in one of the rooms of the house and they can get the knowledge of various subjects of individually from the mechanical teacher. They don’t have such classrooms where students sit together. They study from the telebooks. So they don’t require books and exercise books. The examination system is very different. They do homework in a different way. Margie has to write them out in a punch code. She leamt it when she was six years old. So the system of their education is technologically advanced and not based on printed books.
Answer: Margie hated her school because she had a mechanical teacher. It was in her house. She was supposed to sit in that room alone to complete her hometask or assignments. The part Margie hated most was the slot where she had to put homework and test papers. She thought that the old schools must have been fun because the students used to sit together in the classroom. They enjoyed, laughed and shouted in the schoolyard. Children needed company to enhance their skills. If they are isolated, they get depressed and dejected.
Answer: There is no doubt that today’s schools are more funny than the future school discussed in the story. This school has nothing but a mechanical teacher with no emotions and sentiments. It does not have the ability to understand the psychology of a child. Moreover, it guides a pupil according to its adjusted modes. But today’s schools work for the overall development of a child. They learn the same thing. The teaches are real human beings. They leam how to adapt themselves to the new surroundings and cope with the strangers. The students sit and leam together. These activities don’t give vent to the feelings of depression, alienation and segregation.
Answer: 1. carefully
Answer: 1. angry — angrily
2. happy — happily
3. merry — merrily
4. sleepy — sleepily
5. easy — easily
6. noisy — noisily
7. tidy — tidily
8. gloomy — gloomily
Answer: 1. If I don’t go to Anu’s party tonight, she will get annoyed.
2. If you don’t telephone the hotel to order food, you will miss your evening meal.
3. Unless you promise to write back, I shall keep requesting you.
4. If she does not play any games, she will become lethargic and unfit.
5. Unless that little bird flies away quickly, the cat will pounce on it.
Answer: 1. Tommy
2. all the stories were printed on paper
Answer: 1. The pages of the book were yellow because the book was quite old.
2. Yes, Margie saw the book for the first time.
Answer: 1. Margie’s school room was next to her bedroom.
2. Computer was on.
Answer: 1. ‘He’ in the above lines is Tommy.
2. They have future classrooms with mechanical teachers.
Answer: Margie is eleven and Tommy is thirteen years old.
Answer: Margie wrote in her diary. “Today, 17 May, 2157, Tommy found a real book.”
Answer: No, Margie had never seen a book before.
Answer: The book had yellow and wrinkled pages.
The words of the book were still. They did not move as the words move on the computer screen. She found these things strange.
Answer: A telebook is displayed on the television screen and the text of a telebook is similar to a book.
Answer: Margie’s school was near her own bedroom. She did not have any classmate.
Answer: Margie learnt Geography and Mathematics. Tommy learnt History and Mathematics.
Answer: a. Margie says these words.
b. It refers to that real book that Tommy found.
c. The speaker compares it with a telebook.
Answer: a. ‘They’ refer to the people of the old times.
b. Here, regular refers to the mechanical teacher then they had.
c. It is contrasted with a normal teacher of earlier times, who was a living human being.