Answer TWO of the following:
Q1: Why do you think the parrot narrator repeats the last words of Alex at the end of the story: “You be good. I love you”? While we imagine these were just common words that Alex told to his masters, why does the narrator claim that this is the parrots’ message to humanity? Is there another way to understand them?
Q2: One of the great lines in the story states, “the hush of the night sky is the silence of a graveyard” (273). What does the narrator mean by this, and how does it relate to the title of the story—“the great silence”? What made everything so silent?
Q3: According to this story, how does being a “vocal learner” change how you experience and see the world? If you didn’t speak or use verbal language, what aspects of the world would be less important to you? In other words, what concepts/values would they lack that we (and parrots) take for granted?
Q4: The Arecibo Observatory is a real place (see picture above) built in 1974 in
Puerto Rico to, among other things, search for alien
life. As the parrot explains, “astronomers used Arecibo
to broadcast a message into outer space intended to demonstrate human
intelligence. That was humanity’s contact call” (274). How does this relate to
the communication of parrots and why might the parrot narrator find this