Nine Billion Names of God (II)
radio drama based on the 1967 science fiction story by Arthur C. Clarke
to reach down
to lift s.o. up
none of that
the end of the world
to give it a run
state of the art
to put s.o. out of business
to fall apart
to think of a possibility
ashram = a religious retreat
to save a life
to help s.o. get himself together
to be beyond s.o.'s help
...I'll tear your head off
to be in a big hurry
to have a lot of growing up to do
to put one's arm around
to grow on
to listen for s.t.
to fade away
Listening comprehension questions:
meaning does the quiet place by the pool have for the chief lama?
2. How did Mr. Honestchuck challenge the chief lama regarding his feelings toward this place?
3. What defense does the chief lama offer?
4. What does Mr. Honestchuck now especially appreciate about this place?
5. How does Mr. Honestchuck feel about 'missions'?
6. What does Mr. Honestchuck mean when he says to the chief lama, 'You win.'?
7. Why does Mr. Honestchuck curse when working on the computer?
8. How does the boy, Narion, seem to feel about his job of helping Mr. Honestchuck?
9. Why is Narion at the monastery?
10. What two generous offers does Mr. Honestchuck make to people from the monastery?
11. What does Mr. Honestchuck mean when he says, 'Let's give it a run.'?
12. What reaction does Mr. Honestchuck imagine the monks will have when they see what the computer is doing?
13. What is Mr. Honestchuck grateful to the chief lama for?
14. What kind of 'reverse culture shock' does Mr. Honestchuck encounter after he returns to the US?
15. What do you think is the meaning of the final event of the story in terms of Mr. Honestchuck's spiritual state?