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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 reason does the Abbot give for disbelieving the story of the pilgrim?
2. What is Leibowitz's goal in the priesthood?
3. How long does Francis remain a novitiate?
4. What does Francis picture the fallout shelter becoming?
5. What does Francis admit about the strange pilgrim?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the pilgrim.
2. In what way is Brother Francis's motivation selfish?
3. Why does Arkos accuse Francis of doing damage?
4. Why doesn't Francis want to join the Pope's crusade?
5. What is Taddeo's attitude toward the clergy and the Church?
6. Describe Taddeo's ideas about history.
7. Why doesn't Francis merely tell the abbot what he wants to hear?
8. Compare the robber's view of the illuminated blueprint and the original relic to Francis's.
9. Describe the Valley of the Misborn.
10. Describe Brother Kornhoer's invention.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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 Original Sin in the novel.
Part 1) Does Original Sin doom mankind to self-destruction? How does Original Sin show in mankind's actions throughout all three parts of the novel?
Part 2) How does Rachel represent a break from Original Sin?
Part 3) Does Original Sin doom mankind on colonies in space? Does the novel give any hope for overcoming Original Sin?
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