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Annotated Notes Quiz Essay

Question 1 (Worth 10 points)

Is the pilot in “The Cold Equations” a “good” person or a “bad” person? What examples from the story make you think this? Explain your answer in three to five sentences.

Essay Submission

If the girl had stayed, they both would have died and along with those he was going to deliver supplies to. Sacrificing one life to save many would be a good action, to me so I think hes a good pilot. Points earned on this question: 10

Question 2 (Worth 10 points)

How believable is a story like “The Cold Equations”? What examples from the story make you think this? Explain your answer in three to five sentences.

Essay Submission
To me its not believable because a pilot is on an emergency mission to a planet whose colony is doomed if he doesn’t get there. He has just enough fuel to reach the planet – then he finds he has a stowaway, a young girl wanting to be with her brother on the colony. If the pilot jettisons her through the airlock, the ship will barely make it to a landing on the planet. If he does not, the ship will crash and both of them as well as the colony will die, i said this was not believable because there’s no life on other planets . Points earned on this question: 10

Question 3 (Worth 10 points)
What was the most difficult part to read in “The Cold Equations”? How did you get through this part? Explain your answer in three to five sentences including examples from the story.

Essay Submission

The most difficult part would have to be in the beginning. They go into detail about the EDS ship , and why they couldn’t have more than one person on the ship”The cruisers, powered by nuclear converters, did not use the liquid rocket fuel, but nuclear converters were far too large and complex to permit their installation in the EDSs. The cruisers were forced by necessity to carry a limited amount of bulky rocket fuel, and the fuel was rationed with care, the cruiser’s computers determining the exact amount of fuel each EDS would require for its mission.” To overcome the confusion, I read over the text multiple times and then eventually got the concept that they didn’t have enough fuel for more than one person, plus the cargo. Points earned on this question: 10

Question 4 (Worth 10 points)
What do you believe is the biggest problem in “The Cold Equations”? What factors from the story do you believe create that problem? Explain your answer in three to five sentences including examples from the story.

Essay Submission

To me the biggest problem was that the If the pilot jettisons her through the airlock, the ship will barely make it to a landing on the planet. If he does not, the ship will crash and both of them as well as the colony will die, Points earned on this question: 10

Question 5 (Worth 10 points)

What is another title that you could give to “The Cold Equations”? Why would you call it this? Explain your answer in three to five sentences including examples from the story.

Essay Submission

I would call it “Stowaway Love”: because the sister is a stowaway, and she loves her brother, and she is trying to get back to her brother. (Because she loves him) But then the captain of the ship is moved with love, and does not want to throw the girl off the ship in space. Points earned on this question: 10


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