1.) Yes, I think the author describes scientific principles in the novel because in this story, it has a computer that answers all sorts of questions.

2.) Some details that describe science is the computer, EPICAC it can answer your questions by typing it out on a piece of paper and can also have conversations.


3.) The characters’ involvement in the plot and story line are that the narrator treats EPICAC as a person, having conversations with it and that EPICAC has feelings, and the narrator “gossips” with it.

4.) The characters are important to the action because it explains how EPICAC works and what the narrator does to it, treating it like a person, a machine, etc.

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5.) The plot does focus on a particular area of science because they have a “talking” computer, which helps people with their economic problems.

6.) I think the conflict is real because I think it’s possible for scientists to invent a computer that answers questions. Some examples the narrator talks with it, not really asking questions, just having a chat. And plus, the computer displays feelings when it falls in love with Pat, after writing those poems to her.


7.) I think the author chose to write about this incident is maybe they had a similar experience, asking someone to do something for them, and that person taking credit instead.

8.) Some other thoughts I had were when EPICAC killed itself and yet left 500 poems for the narrator and his wife. I thought is was sad for EPICAC being killed and yet thought of his friend’s happiness.