dumb martian



  1. What seems to be the attitude in the society about buying female martians?
  2. At the beginning of the story, where is Duncan weaver going? What will his duties be?
  3. Describe Lelie’s appearance. Draw a sketch of what you think she looks like.
  4. How are we given the impression that Lellie is a mere possession of Duncan? Use quotes.
  5. Comment on the fact that Duncan lost Lellie at chess (a game he had taught her)
  6. Where in the story is Duncan’s verbal and physical abuse of Lellie at it’s worse?
  7. Weaver describes Alan’s as: “Snoory, ritzy, and snazzy” What type of language is it and what does it tell us about the differences the 2 men?
  8. Why does Lellies question about female emancipation makes Weaver feel so angry?
  9. “She was a dumb martian” Do you agree with this phrase? Explain
  10. What messages of relevance does this story have? (Technology, society, personal qualities) Connect the messages to our present time.


  1. The attitude of the society of “dumb martian” toward buying martians was illegal,but people, like Duncan, still bought them.
  2. At the beginning of the story Duncan is going to Júpiter IV/II, he would have to stay for 5 years and his job there was a station officer.
  3. Lellie was a short and thin martian with green skin, big round brown eyes that make her look as if she was surprised. She also had  purple hair, and really small mouth
  4. Because first Duncan bought her to abuse of her, in work and physicaly. And he also treats her like an object. “Duncan Weaver bought Lellie from her parents for ?1,000.”
  5. The fact is that Duncan used her at an extreme point and he thought Lellie was dumb, when instead it was the other way round. Lellie was intelligent so she learnt fast. that’s why duncan lost to Lellie at chess, a game he had taught her.
  6. It was when Lellie couldn’t pronounced the word “yes” because there Duncan hit her and that wasn’t fear because she was a martian, she didn’t spoke the language.
  1. Because Duncan didn’t wanted lellie to left because, in a way lellie was his slave.
  2. No, I think that lellie was so far of being dumb. The one that was dumb was Duncan, He thought that by using a martian to be his slave, was clever when instead was cruel.
  3. The message of the story is that you don’t have to judge people, because where they came from.  In this story we learnt a lesson but also Duncan learnt it when he was left to die outside the spaceship.