I, Robot Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is established through the exposition in the Introduction? Who are the characters that are first introduced?

Dr. Susan Calvin, a pioneer in the field of robotics, answers questions put to her by an unnamed Interviewer, who is also the narrator of all the linking sections. The Interviewer recalls the instrumental role Calvin played in designing both robots and the business of manufacturing and distributing them.

2. What is indicated about the personality of Dr. Susan Calvin in the Introduction?

Questions indicate that the Interviewer is more interested in the human side of Calvin, who half jokingly refers to how people have described her as a robot and whom narration reveals has a cool, calculating penetrating manner.

3. What principle purpose does the Introduction of I, Robot serve?

Aside from introducing the narrative convention of the Susan Calvin interview that functions primarily to link the various chapters/stories, the main purpose of this section is to define Calvin at the end of her life.

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