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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 is the role of the Devil's Advocate?
2. Why does the robber take the illumination instead of the original?
3. What does the sign Brother Francis finds beneath the rocks in Chapter 1 say?
4. Why doesn't Francis open the racing form?
5. What offer does the robber finally make Francis?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the Pope treat the clan chief?
2. Describe Francis's reaction to the news that he's to attend the canonization.
3. Describe the Poet's living conditions.
4. Why does Arkos accuse Francis of doing damage?
5. In what way is Brother Francis's motivation selfish?
6. Compare the robber's view of the illuminated blueprint and the original relic to Francis's.
7. Why does the Church have a Devil's Advocate?
8. Describe the Valley of the Misborn.
9. What was Isaac Edward Leibowitz's profession before the Flame Deluge?
10. What is Taddeo's attitude toward the clergy and the Church?
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
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?
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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