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1.At the start of the story, describe the test that Charlie is given; how does it make him feel?(use adjectives)
The test that is given to Charlie is an inkblot test. It makes him feel scared and nervous.
2.Why does Charlie carry around a rabbit’s foot in his pocket? What does this sayabout the person he is?
Charlie carries around a rabbit’s foot because he thinks it is for good luck. Charlie issuperstitious.
3.“Algernon and me had the same amazed to do.” Explain what Charlie means hereand what the test with Algernon is about.
Charlie means that Charlie and Algernon had the same maze to do. Charlie and Algernonrace against each other to see who can finish the puzzle the quickest.
4.Compare and contrast Charlie’s’ feelings before and after surgery.
Charlie is scared, nervous, and anxious when he takes different tests. He is very motivated ashe is taking the tests. After surgery he gets frustrated, angry and thinks the tests are stupid because he nothing is happening after the operation.
5.Why doesn’t Charlie like to race with Algernon?
Charlie doesn’t like to race with Algernon because he always beats Charlie. It makes him feeldumb.
6.What is the purpose of the “TV” that Dr. Strauss has given Charlie?
The purpose of the “TV” is to teach Charlie’s subconscious as he sleeps.
7.What does Charlie mean when he talks about having two minds?
The two minds that Charlie is referring to are the conscious and the subconscious.
8.How does Charlie feel about Robinson Crusoe? Why?
Robinson Crusoe is the first
book Charlie finishes. Charlie can relate to Robinson Crusoe because eventhough they are both smart, they are both alone and have no friends. Charlie wishes that he doesn’t live a lonelylife without friends.
9.Throughout the story, how have Charlie’s feelings for Miss Kinnian changed? Whatis Miss Kinnian worried about?
Charlie begins to develop feelings for Miss Kinnian. He notices how beautiful and lovely she is. Charlie becomes in love with Miss Kinnian. Miss Kinnian is worried that she made a mistake by having Charlieundergo the surgery.
10. How is Charlie treated by others as he becomes smarter? Give examples.
People look at him strange: His landlady says: “…there’s something might strange about you, Charlie. Themchanges. I don’t know…Who knows what you done to yourself to get so smart all of a sudden. Like everybodyaround here’s been saying, Charlie, it’s not right” (p. 22). Dr. Strauss and Dr. Nemur: “…looks at me strangelyand turns away from me” (p24).
When was the first time Charlie had the feeling of shame burning inside him? Whydid he?
Charlie had the feeling of shame burning inside when his friends invited him to a party. Hisfriends kept tripping him as he danced with Ellen. (April 20
) He felt ashamed becauseeveryone was laughing at him and he felt naked. This was the first time he realized that hisfriends wanted him around just to make fun of him.
2.Why are the doctors uncomfortable around Charlie now? How are theyacting?
The doctors are uncomfortable around Charlie because he is more knowledgeable than thedoctors. When Charlie tries to talk to them, they look at him strangely and turn away. (p. 24)3.
Why was Charlie upset about the incident with the dishwasher? (May 20
Charlie was upset about the incident with the dishwasher because Charlie used to be just likethe boy who dropped all of the dishes. He is mad because he had forgotten what the oldCharlie Gordon was like.4.
How is Algernon changing? How is Charlie Changing?
Algernon is changing by becoming less cooperative, he doesn’t run the maze anymore, hismotivation has decreased, he’s vicious and his appetite has decreased. (p. 27) Charlie is becoming forgetful, irritable and emotional. He won’t let people see him. He is unable toread the books he used to.5.
Explain the Algernon-Gordon effect?
The Algernon-Gordon effect is Charlie’s report of trying to increase the levels of humanintelligence. "Artificially induced intelligence deteriorates at a rate of time directly proportional to the
quantity of the increase." It means that although there was a surgical procedure to speed up the rate of intelligence, Charlie and Algernon would regress mentally.(p.30)
6.What happens to Algernon and how does Charlie react?
Algernon dies and Charlie buried him in the backyard and cried.
7.What do we learn about Charlie’s family?
Charlie’s mother and father argued a lot. His father was drunk all the time and ran away withanother woman. His mother, on the other hand, told Charlie that he had died.8.
What happens when Charlie goes back to work?
A new guy starts to make fun of Charlie but Joe Carp stood up for Charlie.

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