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. Does Francis believe the strange pilgrim was supernatural?

2. How does Francis try to get the illumination back?

3. What does Brother Francis believe Fallout is?

4. What is Brother Kornhoer inventing?

5. Who attacks Francis on his way to Rome?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Francis interpret the inscription "Transistorized Control System for Unit six-B"?

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

4. What is Brother Francis seeking in the desert?

5. Describe the Poet's living conditions.

6. What physical characteristics to Minnesotans have, and what is the likely cause of them?

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

8. Describe Taddeo's ideas about history.

9. Why is the find of Emily Leibowitz's skull important to the case for the canonization of Leibowitz?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Does the novel contain miracles, or is it ambiguous? Describe in your discussion possible miraculous events in the novel, including the life of the Old Jew and the actions of Rachel at the end of the novel. What are the possible natural explanations of these events? If these events are miraculous, what is their purpose and meaning, and what do they say about the nature of God?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the Simplification.

Part 1) What were the people's motives for the Simplification? Are the goals of the Simplification desirable? What was lost and gained because of the Simplification?

Part 2) Were any of the actions of the Simplification justified?

Part 3) Are the goals of the Simplification realistic or possible?

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