Visit to a Small Planet Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Explain Powers' complaint at the beginning of the play in terms of what he has been given as responsibility, and who he blames for the change.

Powers is angry that his superiors have taken him off laundry duty and have given him the task of working with a UFO. He blames General Claypoole and General McClelland for the change.

2. What does Powers tell Roger about the reality of the UFO, and why does he threaten to indict Roger under the Revised Espionage Act?

Powers tells Roger the UFO is real and that he has seen it. He threatens to indict Roger only if Roger announces the existence of the UFO to his news audience.

3. Explain why Roger is upset about Powers' revelations on the UFO, and what he tries to do about it.

Roger is upset because his prerecorded newscast shows him denouncing the existence of UFOs. He tries to call to stop the broadcast, but is stopped by Powers.

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