Objective: Chapter 1 introduces two characters who only appear in this first chapter. Students should be able to show an understanding of Reinhold Hoffmann and Konrad Schneider, describing their goals and motivations.
1) Individual writing project: Have each student choose one of the two characters introduced in Chapter 1 and write a brief character analysis of two or three paragraphs. Students should give historical background on their chosen character, why they have found themselves in the position they are in, and what their goals are (i.e., the reasons for building their space shuttles.) Students should be prepared to share their findings with the rest of the class.
2) Class discussion: Who is the more sympathetic of the two characters - Hoffmann or Schneider? Why? These two were once colleagues - what kind of relationship do they have now? Who, in contemporary "real" life, might these two scientists be compared to...
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