Essay Topic 1
Discuss the Old Jew.
Part 1) What is the Old Jew's true identity? Can you make a case for more than one possible identity? What evidence is there for his identity?
Part 2) What role does he play in the story? Why is he in all three parts of the novel?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the nature of knowledge in the novel.
Part 1) What do the Memorabilia represent? Why do the monks want to preserve it?
Part 2) Is knowledge good or evil or neutral? What are the consequences, positive and negative, of mankind's gaining of knowledge? How does knowledge in the novel relate to the story of the Garden of Eden and the fall of man for tasting the fruit of the tree of knowledge?
Part 3) Can knowledge be permanently lost?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss Original Sin in the novel.
Part 1) Does Original Sin doom mankind to...
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