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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Francis go to bed without food?
(a) There is no food left for Brother Francis to eat.
(b) Brother Francis is allowed no food at all on his fast.
(c) Brother Francis decides to eat nothing to cleanse himself.
(d) It is too dangerous to collect cactus fruit in the dark.

2. What does the sampetrius place before the papal throne?
(a) a carpet
(b) a pillow
(c) a scepter
(d) a footstool

3. Whose skull is rumored to be the skull with the gold tooth?
(a) the Fallout monster
(b) Emily, Leibowitz's wife
(c) Leibowitz
(d) Leibowitz's best friend

4. What does Paulo find in a vase of water in the guesthouse?
(a) a goldfish
(b) an eyeball
(c) a rare orchid
(d) a daisy

5. Where did Kornhoer get the information to help him create his invention?
(a) from fragments of documents in the abbey
(b) from a vision he had in his sleep
(c) from one hidden book he deciphered
(d) from Brother Armbruster

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Brother Kornhoer inventing?

2. What is the result of Kornhoer's test of his invention?

3. What confession prompts Cheroki to withhold absolution from Francis?

4. With what does the pilgrim attack Brother Francis?

5. In Chapter 1, what is Brother Francis Gerard of Utah doing in the desert?

Short Essay Questions

1. What stops Brother Francis from sharing the pilgrim's food?

2. Describe Francis's life before the monastery.

3. Why do the monks wear burlap habits?

4. Why were papers burned during the Simplification?

5. Why does the Church have a Devil's Advocate?

6. Compare the robber's view of the illuminated blueprint and the original relic to Francis's.

7. What is the implication of the wry smile on Fingo's statue of Leibowitz?

8. What did Leibowitz do after the Flame Deluge?

9. Describe Brother Kornhoer's invention.

10. In what way is Brother Francis's motivation selfish?

(see the answer keys)

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