Short Essay Answer Key
1. What is so special about the bartender's appearance?
The bartender's ugliness is legendary because attractiveness has become affordable. Therefore, the bartender's lack of beauty is remarkable in that it is a personal choice rather than an unavoidable affliction.
2. What was Case's profession? How did he lose his ability?
Case was a hacker. His job was to steal data from large, well-protected corporate mainframes and give it to his employers for a price. Case's ability to operate a computer and experience the matrix was burned out of his brain with a Russian toxin as punishment for stealing from his employers.
3. Why is being unable to enter cyberspace such a harsh penalty for Case?
Case lives for the thrill of cyberspace, and hacking is his main talent. As a hacker, he came to resent his mortal body; now, he is...
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