In "Flowers for Algernon", was Charlie a good choice for the artificial intelligence experiment? Why? Or why not?Please help!

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Charlie might make a perfect candidate for the experiment because as Dr. Strauss Strauss says, "he said that [Charlie] had good motor-vation," and he has "an eye-Q of 68" (7). Professor Nemur says that "most people of his low ment** [mentality] are host** [hostile] and uncoop** [uncooperative] they are usally [usually] dull and apathet**" but realizes that Charlie "has a good natcher [nature] and he's intristed [interested] and eeger [eager] to pleese [please]" (7).

Charlie has also learned to read and write--incredible for his "low mental age" (7). Charlie is so good natured, he doesn't care about the fame of being great for science, but he wants to be smart "like other people" so he can have lots of friends who like him (9).  

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