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"There Will Come Soft Rains"
Terms in this set (58)
small, crowded spaces
in the Bible, the god of Canaan
mental disorder that causes people to believe they are being persecuted.
wheels with points designed to fit into the holes along the edges of a filmstrip
grasses that produce grains
animal tracks or droppings
African animal related to the giraffe but with a much shorter neck
clumps of thorn bushes; thickets
something that can dissolve something else
Picassos and Matisses
paintings by famous artists
figures on cards
giving human characteristics to non-human objects
using words to create images; sensory details
a comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as"
the same letter or sound at the beginning of closely connected words
use of concrete objects to represent ideas
the automated house, Allendale, CA, August 4-5, 2026
What happens to the dog in the story?
It dies of radiation poisoning and starvation.
What happens at 7:00?
The alarm goes off saying it is time to get up.
What happens at 8:01?
The alarm goes off saying it is time to go to school and work.
What happens at 9:15?
It is time to clean.
What happens at 10:15?
The garden sprinklers turn on, splashing water on the charred side of the house.
What happens at noon?
The dog whines at the door and is let inside the house.
What happens at 2:00?
The dogs body is removed from the house.
What happens at 2:35?
Bridge tables, cards, martinis, and egg salad sandwiches appear on the patio.
What happens at 4:30?
The nursery walls display jungle animals.
What happens at 9:05 pm?
A poem is read aloud.
What happens at 10:00?
The house catches fire.
the main character; the house
the villain; nature or time
Why doesn't the house have enough water to put out the fire and save itself?
It has been filling baths and washing dishes.
What happened to humans in this story?
They were destroyed by a nuclear war.
What happens to the food that is cooked each day?
it is flushed away to a distant sea
In the beginning, how many houses remain in the city?
Which historical event most likely influenced the writing of "There Will Come Soft Rains?"
The US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagaski, Japan.
What were the shapes of the spots of paint that remained on the side of the house?
a man mowing the lawn, a woman picking flowers, and a boy and girl throwing a ball
What is the term used to describe the paint that remained on the house in shape of the family members?
What is the tone of the story?
Who wrote the poem "There Will Come Soft Rains" that is contained within this short story?
What is the tone of the house's announcements?
What happened after the tree bough crashed through the kitchen window?
a bottle of solvent breaks open; the house catches on fire
Based on the story, you can infer that Bradbury would be in favor of
eliminating nuclear weapons
What is unusual about the characters in the story?
They are not human.
True or False: The family did not expect to die.
True or False: In the text, the house is described as an altar to dead gods.
What does the poem imply about humanity?
Nature doesn't care if humans kill each other.
What time of day does the story begin?
The tiny cleaning robots are referred to as
What is the weather like at the beginning of the story?
What 3 details give the story an impersonal and detached tone?
1) The dog died, but the narrator showed no emotion.
2) The narrator describes the nuclear shadows on the side of the house without any emotion.
3) The narrator shows no emotion when describing the morning after the house burnt down.
Support the claim: humans are dependent on machines.
1) the stove makes food.
2) robots clean.
3) baths fill automatically
What does the repeating of time symbolize?
The repeating of time symbolizes the fact that time will continue even if humans are gone.
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