The Andromeda Strain Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is Lieutenant Roger Shawn doing at the beginning of the book?

Lieutenant Roger Shawn stands at the side of the road, looking down over the town of Piedmont, Arizona with a pair of binoculars on a chilly night in February. Lieutenant Shawn climbs back into his Ford Econovan, rejoining his electronics technician, Private Lewis Crane. The men have been using the radio-directional equipment on the van to triangulate the position of the Scoop satellite, which it is their mission to recover.

2. Write a description of Piedmont from Lieutenant Shawn's perspective looking from above.

Their nighttime surveillance reveals no activity in the town. The only signs of life are the large black birds which circle overhead; they appear to be buzzards. All is quiet in the tiny town, which boasts a population of forty-eight souls.

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