The Diamond Age, or, Young Lady's Illustrated Primer Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. When Bud visits a mod parlor, what upgrade does he choose and what sort of technology is involved?

In "A Thete Visits a Mod Parlor," Bud chooses to upgrade his skull gun to a state-of-the-art spray gun at a mod parlor, which is similar to a tattoo shop but with more extreme body modifications. The implants involve nanotechnology, using robots the size of microbes to create objects.

2. When Bud visits the Peacock Bank in "Financial Complications of Bud's Lifestyle," what does he learn about credit and how defaults are handled?

The Parsi banker at the Peacock Bank explains to Bud that credit cards are mounted on a person's bone near the surface of the skin. At the bank, people who miss payments are forced to assemble jewelry in a prison-like environment.

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