Answer key: Tug, the Hospital Robot

Lesson Plan: Tug The Hospital Robot That Saves Lives

Word Inference

  1. bewildering |biˈwildər|  adj. bewildering:  cause (someone) to become perplexed and confused: there is a bewildering array of desserts to choose from.
  2.  weird  |wi(ə)rd| adjective -suggesting something supernatural; uncanny: the weird crying of a seal.
  3. emerged |iˈmərj|  verb [ no obj. ]move out of or away from something and come into view: the ravens emerged from the fog.
  4. monikers  ˈmänikər| (also monicker ) noun informal- a name.
  5. beacons |ˈbēkən| noun-a light or other visible object serving as a signal, warning, or guide, esp. at sea or on an airfield.
  6. etiquette  |ˈetikit, -ˌket| –noun- the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group.
  7. interaction  |ˌintərˈakSHən|-noun-reciprocal action or influence: ongoing interaction between the two languages.
  8. affection-|əˈfekSHən| noun-a gentle feeling of fondness or liking: she felt affection for the wise old lady | he won a place in her affections.
  9. alliteration |əˌlitəˈrāSHən|-noun-the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
  10. comforting |ˈkəmfərtiNG|-adjective-giving consolation for grief or anxiety; soothing: his comforting presence.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary   

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. F- The Tug robot  is currently being used at a hospital in California.
  2. F- Some of the Tug’s duties are  to deliver drugs and clean linens while carting away medical waste.
  3. T-The hospital staff still seems unsure what to make of Tug.
  4. NA-Soon Tugs will be in all California hospitals.
  5. T-The robots use maps in their brains to navigate.
  6. T- Tugs communicate through with the hospital’s Wi-Fi system.
  7. F- Hospital staff was trained in how to interact with the robots.
  8. T-Tug’s manufacturer, designed it to be comforting.
  9. T-There are Drug Tugs that securely deliver medications.
  10. F-According to the article, the robot that performed its duties correctly almost 100 percent of the time.

 Grammar Focus

Structure and Usage


There’s a hotel opening this summer in Japan with robot receptionists.


Walking around a hospital in scrubs is perfectly normal.


There’s no robot for a man like me.