Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

by Philip K. Dick

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Questions and Answers: Chapter 1

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1. In what ways does Iran’s use of the mood organ differ from Deckard’s?

2. Why does Deckard keep the falsity of his animal from his neighbors?

3. Why do some people own mechanized animals instead of animals that are real?

4. Why does Deckard wear a lead codpiece?

5. What is Barbour’s reaction to Deckard’s confession that his sheep is not real?

1. Iran uses thee mood organ to experiment with different moods in an attempt to simulate authentic emotional responses, while Deckard uses his mood organ to dictate the mood in which he’ll approach his workday.

2. Owning a false animal is less desirable than owning a real animal because of the rarity of real animals. Admitting to owning a false animal brings shame to the owner because of the lack of authenticity of the false animal.

3. Real animals are extremely expensive and rare. Because of the harshness of the environment on Earth, real animals frequently get sick and die. Many people own ersatz animals as an alternative because they are more durable and cost-effective.

4. The radioactive dust that covers the Earth is responsible for damaging the genetic structure of humans. Deckard wears a lead codpiece to protect himself from this harmful dust.

5. Barbour expresses his sincere sorrow when he hears that Deckard’s sheep is mechanized.

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Questions and Answers: Chapter 2