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Dumb martian test

We had an «online test» for Pilar Pando’s class. Here’s the task.

  1.  Discuss the full significance of the title of the story

In the story, martians are discriminated and prejudged as if they were inferior than humans, not as “better” as we are, but they are wrong because they don’t know if they are clever or not. Duncan abuses Lellie in the story thinking she is “dumb”, but we have a really surprising ending when Lellie locks Duncan in the shapeship, letting him die. Here we realize that Lellie was very astute.

2. How are the Martians described at the top of p70? What do we learn of them and their history/ civilization?

2. In “Dumb Martian”, the martians are discriminated by the shape of their heads, bigger than ours, and this aspect makes them look as if they were dumb and inferior than humans. But despite this problem, the martians were very intelligent.


In history we are doing a project with the students in senior 3. Here you can have more information about it.


After the impact of the WW1, the allies wanted to make sure that Germany wouldn´t recover enough to start another conflict such as this one. After a long discussion, the Allies agreed to put some limits on the Germans by The Treaty of Versailles. 

One of the terms of the Treaty set that:

  • The German army had to be limited to 100,000 men which had to be voluteers (conscription was banned)
  • Germany wasn´t allowed to use armoured vehicles, submarines or aircraft
  • The navy could only build six battleships
  • The Rhineland should be a demilitarised zone

With the raise of Hitler to power in 1933, Europe suffered some severe changes which radically permutated the world.

Hitler had three aims, but the main one was to abolish the Treaty of Versailles, which he thought that had been very unjust towards the Germans.

That´s how he initiated a process to make Germany a big power again.

Firstly, he increased Germany´s armed forces. Secondly, he drafted unemployed workers to the army (which helped him to reduce unemployment).

At first, he kept this as a secret, but then he staged a massive military rally celebrating the german armed forces.

Although Hitler´s actions went against the Treaty of Versailles, the allies did nothing about it because many other countries were using rearmament as a way to fight unemployment. Furthermore, Britain thought that the limits put on Germany´s armed forces were too tight, and believed that she could be a good buffer against communism.

The insignificance that the allies showed towards Hitler´s actions gave him enough confidence to continue breaking the terms of the Treaty.


Source 1.

This is a primary source. The picture shows the massification of the Massive Military Rally in 1935, celebrating the German armed forces. Hitler was breaking a term of the Treaty Of Versailles.