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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Brother Francis find in the hole?



2. Which of the following does Flaught NOT use as an argument against Francis' testimony?



3. What does the sampetrius place before the papal throne?



4. What does Francis admit about the strange pilgrim?



5. What does Apollo agree to do?



Short Essay Questions

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



2. What story does Zerchi tell the dying woman, to convince her not to kill herself and her child?



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



4. What angers Paulo about the news of the governments' reactions to the nuclear incident?



5. How does the Pope treat the clan chief?



6. What did Leibowitz do after the Flame Deluge?



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



8. What is Brother Francis seeking in the desert?



9. What is Taddeo's attitude toward the clergy and the Church?



10. What was Isaac Edward Leibowitz's profession before the Flame Deluge?



Essay Topics

Compare the three abbots who control the Albertine Order of Leibowitz. What are their goals and fears? How do they see their duty toward the Memorabilia, the Order, and the Church? In what different ways do they carry out those duties?

Compare the relationship between Dr. Cors and Zerchi to the relationship between Taddeo and Paulo. Each abbot meets a man of science who has a very different perspective than his own. Describe the conflicts arising between the abbots and the scientists, and discuss each abbot's perspective on the scientist.

What is the nature and meaning of ritual in the novel? What is the purpose of the elaborate ritual of canonization, although the Pope and Vatican are poor? What are the rituals of the monks, and do they serve to preserve knowledge or to hide it? What is the purpose of Francis' ritual fast in the desert? Are these and other rituals in the novel effective? What happens when ritual loses its original meaning?

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