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. What does Paulo refuse to do?

2. Where does the unwelcome guest claim to have gotten the Old Jew's goat?

3. What does Abbot Arkos dislike about Fingo's figure of Leibowitz?

4. What does the pilgrim find for Brother Francis?

5. When does Brother Francis believe the Fallout was born?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Valley of the Misborn.

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

3. Why do the monks wear burlap habits?

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

5. Describe Brother Kornhoer's invention.

6. How does Taddeo view the modern-day common man?

7. What is Brother Francis seeking in the desert?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the politics involved in the canonization of Leibowitz and in Hannegan's goal to expand his rule. How do politics affect the development of knowledge? How do politics affect the acceptance of ideas and discoveries?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the structure of the novel. Describe the relationship of all three sections and how they represent different stages in the development of human culture. Why did the writer choose this unconventional structure, which covers three time periods and three different sets of characters? Why is there no continuous main character in the novel (except perhaps the Old Jew), and how does that affect your experience of the novel?

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