Unit 2 Robots
There are many types of robots and they can do different work. Can you name some of them?
Entertainment robots
Industrial robots 工业机器人
Domestic robots家用机器人 家用机器人
The robot which can play with children.
The robot which can play football.
The robot which can speak to people.
What is a robot? A robot is a machine designed to do jobs that are usually performed by humans.
What can robots do ? do homework

do housework play with people talk
more intelligent
stronger walk and dance look for people do unpleasant jobs

Characters in the story: Larry Belmont employed in a company that makes robots Claire Larry’s wife, a housewife Tony the robot Gladys Claffern a woman that Claire envies
Read through the passage and then answer the following questions:
  1.What is the text mainly about?
  2.What did the robot called Tony look like?
  3.Why did Larry put Tony into his family?

  1. What is the text mainly about? It is mainly about how a robot used for housework was tested out in a family.
  2. What did the robot called Tony look like? He looked like a tall and handsome man, speaking in a deep voice, with smooth black hair and his facial expression unchanged.
  3.Why did Larry put Tony into his family? Because he wanted to test out how a robot used for housework in a family.
Choose the best answer:

  1. Why did Claire feel alarmed at the sight of Tony? A. Because he was a robot. B. Because she didn't like him. C. Because he was more like a being than a machine. D. Because he never changed his facial expressions.

  2. The robot Tony helped Claire to realize her dreams by. A. making her home elegant B. giving her a new haircut and changing the make-up she wore C. giving her advice on her dresses D. all the above
  3. As a result, the experiment shows. A. Claire and Tony fell in love with each other B. Tony had to be rebuilt C. Tony was angry with his designer D. Both A and B

  4. All the following statements are true except . A. Tony tried to please Claire B. Claire tried to displease Tony C. Tony managed to protect Claire D. Gladys admired Claire for her Tony
  5. We can infer from the passage that. A. Claire liked Tony but feared him B. Claire cried because Tony made her angry C. Claire forgot Tony as soon as Tony left her D. Tony had no feelings as human being.
Reading II-skimming
Decide whether the following statements are true or false, and try to find the sentence in the story to support your answers:
  1.Larry was going to be away from home so he hired a robot to accompany his wife Claire. F
  2.Claire didn’t like the idea at the beginning, but she agreed to it at last. T
  3. Tony could understand Claire when she said she was not clever. T

  4. Tony was eager to help Claire. He scanned quite a lot of books in the library, but he could find no ways out. F
  5.It was Claire that first decided to invite Gladys and her friends to her house. F
  6.Claire’s guests were filled with admiration when they saw her house was completely changed. T
  7.Claire was very happy to find that Gladys envied T her.
  8. The company was satisfied with Tony’s report because he had successfully made a woman fall in love with him. F
Reading III- Detail reading
In groups, list Tony’s characteristics that were similar to those of a human being and different from those of a human being. Characteris tics Physical Mental Emotional Similar Different
Character istics
  1)Looks (
  1)Facial a human like expressions_ Physical . being never change . (
  2) (
  2)Body and Quicker reactions warm skin are. (
  3)Hair and __ (She fell off a fingernails ladder and even though Tony was realistic . in the next room, (
  4)Voice a human’s he managed to like. catch her in time)
Character istics
Similar Able to make suggestions and predictions. Able to make a plan and follow it through. Has good communication skills
Different Behaviour not appropriate (Tony asked Claire whether she needed help dressing)
Character istics Emotional
Similar Can show sympathy for Claire and can give encouragement to her.
Read the story again and answer the following questions in group.
  1. Why did Tony open the curtains? He wanted Claire’s guests to see him and Claire together so that she would be envied by the women guests.

  2. What did Tony do to prevent Claire from being harmed? Tony prevented Claire from being harmed by making her feel good about herself. He helped her make her and her home elegant so that she would not feel like a failure.

  3. Why did Tony have to be rebuilt? Tony had to be rebuilt because the company felt that they could not have women falling in love with a robot.
  4. How would you feel if you had a robot like Tony in your house? Students give their own answers.

  5. Claire spent three weeks with Tony in her house. What sentences in the story show that she kept forgetting and then remembering that he was a machine? How absurd, she thought. He was just a machine. He held her family in his arms and she felt the
She screamed, pushed him away and ran to her room for the rest of the day. Then she remembered-Tony was just a machine. She shouted “Leave me alone” and ran to her bed.
Find how Claire’s emotion developed. At first refused to have Tony at her house →accept him → trust him → proud of him → love him → sad to remember he was just a machine
How did Claire feel? alarmed What happened?
tall She saw Tony was and black handsome . His hair was and and his voice was smooth . deep Tony asked whether she needed help dressing. fingernails By his and the warmth softness and of his skin.
embarrassed amazed
happy, surprised, shy Tony caught her in time, held her firmly in his arms .
Characteristics of science fiction
Science fiction is often based on scientific principles and technology. Science fiction may make predictions about life in the future.
What are they?
Remember the characteristics of science fiction. Surf the internet to learn more about robots and science fiction. Surf the internet to learn about Isaac Asimov.


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