I Robot

22 Questions
I Robot

A series of questions based on the film "I Robot". Answers to these questions can be used as the basis for a discussion about issues raised by the film.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Robotic systems are already commonplace in our society. They are in the cars we drive, controlling speed, temperature and even parking them for us. They fly planes without the need for pilots from one continent to the next. They guide missiles to their targets. They control traffic lights in cities. They monitor the flow of money between bank accounts... and record your phone conversations.Write 3 paragraphs describing:1. the advantages in having robotic systems like these2. concerns that you have about relying on robotic systems rather than humans3. a win-win situation for society and robotics.
  • 2. 
    What are the three laws of robotics?
    • A. 

      A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

    • B. 

      A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

    • C. 

      A robot may not harm a human, or, by inaction, allow a human to come to harm, except when doing so would prevent greater harm to humanity.

    • D. 

      A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

  • 3. 
    Why does Spooner think robots don't really help people?
    • A. 

      They are too expensive

    • B. 

      They have a mind of their own

    • C. 

      They replace people's jobs

    • D. 

      They beat you at chess

  • 4. 
    Why does Spooner get called to USR?
    • A. 

      To investigate a murder

    • B. 

      To investigate a suicide

    • C. 

      To pick up his own robot

    • D. 

      To meet Dr. Calvin

  • 5. 
    Much of the film "I Robot" revolves around a single robot which is different to all the rest. What is the name of this robot?
    • A. 

      Jimmy

    • B. 

      Sunny

    • C. 

      Sonny

    • D. 

      Robbie

  • 6. 
    What was the name of the company where the robots were designed?
    • A. 

      USA

    • B. 

      USSR

    • C. 

      USER

    • D. 

      USR

  • 7. 
    What was the name of the robotics expert at the robot factory?
    • A. 

      Sally Colvin

    • B. 

      Susan Calvin

    • C. 

      Sarah Kirsten

    • D. 

      Sandra Cully

  • 8. 
    What was the name of the Lieutenant (Spooner's boss) in I Robot?
    • A. 

      John Whiting

    • B. 

      John Fraser

    • C. 

      John Bergin

    • D. 

      John Barnaby

  • 9. 
    Which popular film actor stars as Del Spooner (aka 'Spoon'), a down-on-his- luck detective who investigates the murder of a top expert in robotics, in 'I, Robot'?
    • A. 

      Will Smith

    • B. 

      Bert Lancaster

    • C. 

      Sylvester Stallone

    • D. 

      Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • 10. 
    The film 'I, Robot' is loosely based on a series of short stories by which luminary of the sci-fi literary field?
    • A. 

      Jules Verne

    • B. 

      Douglas Adams

    • C. 

      Isaac Asimov

    • D. 

      Ray Bradbury

  • 11. 
    The investigation of Dr. Alfred Lanning's murder leads Spoon to the headquarters of U.S. Robotics, the manufacturer of millions of robots meant to service human beings. What is the acronym that provides the name for the central computer at U.S. Robotics?
    • A. 

      WIKI

    • B. 

      ASIO

    • C. 

      CSIRO

    • D. 

      VIKI

  • 12. 
    In which U.S. city (albeit, the 2035 A.D. version) does the entirety of the action I,in 'I, Robot' take place?
    • A. 

      San Francisco

    • B. 

      New York

    • C. 

      Chicago

    • D. 

      Melbourne

  • 13. 
    Dr. Lanning's surprising death is a shock for everyone at U.S. Robotics. All the people who knew the doctor thought he was living a great life; but apparently not. How does everyone think Dr. Lanning died?
    • A. 

      Suicide

    • B. 

      Murder

    • C. 

      Traffic Accident

    • D. 

      Drug overdose

  • 14. 
    While Calvin is showing Spooner around USR, she introduces him to the security system... a robot named V.I.K.I. At the scene of the crime, a robot startles the two and the machine starts attacking Spooner. No one is harmed until the robot tries to escape by jumping out the window. Spooner shoots the robot while in mid-air. Where does he shoot the robot?
    • A. 

      In the back

    • B. 

      In the head

    • C. 

      In the arm

    • D. 

      In the leg

  • 15. 
    After capturing the robot, they take him down to police headquarters. Spooner gets an interview with this supposedly murdering robot. While Spooner is talking with the robot, whose name is Sonny, Spooner suggests that Lanning was trying to teach Sonny emotions and things got out of hand, leading up to the murder. Sonny keeps denying that he murdered Dr. Lanning. Spooner then makes a sarcastic remark about one of his household appliances becoming emotional that brings Sonny to the edge. What was the household appliance?
    • A. 

      Microwave

    • B. 

      Toaster

    • C. 

      Oven

    • D. 

      Blender

  • 16. 
    Spooner decides to go deeper into his investigation by going to Lanning's house. While inside he discovers a tape of a speech Lanning attended, with the doctor talking about what in the machines?
    • A. 

      Worms

    • B. 

      Bugs

    • C. 

      Bats

    • D. 

      Ghosts

  • 17. 
    Calvin visits Spooner at his home. While Spooner is changing, Calvin looks around at his apartment. Spooner comes into the room without any shirt on and Calvin realizes something. What does she learn about the detective?
    • A. 

      That he is married

    • B. 

      That is a gemini

    • C. 

      That he is a spy

    • D. 

      That his left side is robotic

  • 18. 
    Spooner thinks that Robertson is telling the robots to wreck destroy the city, but it really isn't him. Who is really controlling the robots?
    • A. 

      USR

    • B. 

      Calvin

    • C. 

      Robertson

    • D. 

      VIKI

  • 19. 
    Who is Spooner's prime suspect in the death of Alfred Lanning?
    • A. 

      VIKI

    • B. 

      Sonny

    • C. 

      Robertson

    • D. 

      Calvin

  • 20. 
    What is Spooner's first indication that something may be wrong with the robots?
    • A. 

      Sonny slams his fist on the table

    • B. 

      Sonny attacks him

    • C. 

      Sonny hides in the crowd

    • D. 

      Sonny draws a picture for him

  • 21. 
    What reason does VIKI use for disobeying the three laws of robotics?
    • A. 

      That humans need protecting from themselves

    • B. 

      That the three laws are imperfect

    • C. 

      That humans are a danger to robots

    • D. 

      That robots want to rule the Earth

  • 22. 
    VIKI's interpretation of the 3 laws of robotics evolved over time, until it (as the central command computer) instructed all NS5's to rebel against humans and become the ones in control. VIKI argued that humans needed to be protected against themselves. Spooner was the only person alive who had witnessed a robot disobeying a command. This was..
    • A. 

      When a robot was cooking for his mum

    • B. 

      When a package was delivered to his door and he didn't want it

    • C. 

      When he chased a robot down the street and ordered it to stop

    • D. 

      When he was drowning in the river and he ordered the robot that dived in after them to rescue the little girl and not himself.