A Canticle for Leibowitz Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Taddeo want the documents to be brought to him instead of going to the abbey?

2. Why are the monks unwelcoming toward Monsignor Flaught?

3. What does the Abbot do with the fallout shelter?

4. What does Francis believe is the most significant event that happened to him in the desert?

5. Who educated Taddeo?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are a shopping list and casual notes treasured finds for Brother Francis?

3. What does Francis realize about the Pope and the Vatican, on examining the Pope's cassock and the surroundings closely?

4. Describe Francis's life before the monastery.

5. Describe the Poet's living conditions.

6. Describe Francis's reaction to the news that he's to attend the canonization.

7. Describe the Valley of the Misborn.

8. What does Brother Francis need to protect himself against in the desert?

9. How does the Pope treat the clan chief?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

Taddeo believes that he finds evidence that the current human race was a created race of servants, inferior to the great civilization of the past. His own personal view of humanity colors how he views this evidence. Discuss the way that personal points of view affect the interpretation of evidence and events throughout the novel. Include in your discussion Francis, Cheroki, and Arkos' reactions to the discovery of the Fallout Shelter; Paulo, Taddeo, and Armbruster's reactions to the electric light; and Zerchi's reaction to reports of movements or responses from Mrs. Grales' second head, Rachel.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the mutations in the novel.

Part 1) How do the mutated humans in the novel stretch the definition of what it means to be human? How do they create quandaries for the Church, in defining humanity?

Part 2) How do the normal humans in the novel treat the mutants, and what does this say about humanity?

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