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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 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

Essay Topic 1

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 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 faith versus science in the context of the novel. Which characters value faith, and which characters value science? Include Francis, Leibowitz, Taddeo, Dr. Cors, and Zerchi in your discussion, as well as any other characters you feel are significant to the idea of faith versus science. Are the two always incompatible? How do the fates of the characters and of the society relate to faith and to science?

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