The Fun They Had

1 How old are Margie and Tommy?

Margie and Tommy were eleven and thirteen years old respectively.

2 What did Margie write in her diary?

Margie wrote in her diary that day Tommy found a real book.

3 Had Margie ever seen a book before?

No, Margie had not seen a book before.

What strange things did she find about the book?

She found it strange that letters were printed on paper and did not move and if she turned the pages, the letters were still there.

5 What do you think a telebook is?

A telebook is not real book. Whatever information it contains is flashed on screen.

6 Where was Margie’s school? Did she have any class mates?

Margie’s school was next to her bedroom. She didn’t have any class mates.

7 What subjects did Margie and Tommy learn?

Margie and Tommy learnt maths, geography and history.

8 What did the grandfather of Margie say?

Margie’s grandfather told that his grandfather told him the stories that were printed on paper those days. The children used to study with books.

9 Why did the Tommy call the book a waste?

Tommy called the book a waste because it was useless compared to an e-book. The letters were printed and could not move.

10 Why was county Inspector sent for?

The county Inspector was sent to check Margie’s poor performance in geography sector as the computer was setup to high level.

11 What was the reason behind the disappointment of Margie?

The reason behind the disappointed of Margie was that her mechanical teacher was now in good condition. She wished that mechanical teacher should stay away for long.

12 What kind of teachers did the old school have?

The old school had teachers who were in human form. The old schools had textbooks. The teaching used to take place in school building.

13 What did Margie not want to dispute?

Margie did not want to dispute the fact that Human teachers were as good as mechanical teachers. She had no idea of a real human teacher.

14 What has the phrase ‘special building’ been used for?

The phrases ‘special building’ has been used for the old kinds of building of schools where teaching took place.

15 Why was Margie mother particular about the regular study hours of kids?

Margie’s mother was particular about the regular study hours of kids because she believed in consistency and she believed that children learn better if they do it regularly.

16 What has been referred as dispute?

The word dispute referred to the topic whether a man knows much as computer.

17 What problem did Margie have with her mechanical teacher?

Margie hated the school. She disliked her teacher because her teacher used to give her so much homework and took tests and she was performing poorly in geography sector.

18 How did the County Inspector look like?

The County Inspector was a round little man with a red face and a whole box of tools with dials and wires.

19 How did the geography teacher look like?

The geography teacher was large and black and ugly, with a big screen on which all the lessons were shown and the questions were asked.

20 What did Margie not like about the mechanical teacher?

The part Margie hated most was the slot where she had to put homework and test papers. She always had to write them out in a punch code they made her learn when she was six years old, and the mechanical teacher calculated the marks in no time.

21 Why did Margie lag behind in geography?

Margie lagged behind because geography sector was geared a little too quick.

22 What is the difference between the virtual school and the real school?

In the real school all kids from the neighbour came, laughing and shouting in the schoolyard, sitting together in the schoolroom, going home together at the end of the day. They learned the same things, so they could help one another with the homework and talk about it.

On the other hand the virtual school consisted of individual student who had to study all alone by the mechanical teacher who had no sense of humour or emotion.