A Canticle for Leibowitz Test | Final 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. What does Hannegan do when the Vatican warns Hannegan's enemy about the coming war?

2. What does Taddeo want Kornhoer to do?

3. Who is Rachel?

4. What does Benjamin offer Paulo to drink?

5. What do the Asians claim the nuclear detonation is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why have nuclear weapons been banned?

2. What is the implication of Rachel refusing baptism?

3. Why does Paulo feel like a shoemaker in a village of shoemakers?

4. Why is the APLAC a necessary device?

5. What power does New Rome give Joshua's colony, in the event of the destruction of the Earth?

6. What is Armbruster's attitude toward books and toward Taddeo's studies?

7. Describe Zerchi's dream about Rachel.

8. Why doesn't Taddeo want to alienate Hannegan?

9. Describe the legend of Leibowitz's death.

10. What is the likely reason Taddeo does not arrive on time at the monastery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the Old Jew.

Part 1) What is the Old Jew's true identity? Can you make a case for more than one possible identity? What evidence is there for his identity?

Part 2) What role does he play in the story? Why is he in all three parts of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the mutations in the novel.

Part 1) How do the mutated humans in the novel stretch the definition of what it means to be human? How do they create quandaries for the Church, in defining humanity?

Part 2) How do the normal humans in the novel treat the mutants, and what does this say about humanity?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, various characters take on tasks they find worthwhile, devoting their time and energy to them. Francis spends his life making an illuminated version of the Leibowitz blueprint. Taddeo spends his life trying to understand physics and recreate the science of the past. Hannegan spends his life trying to conquer neighboring areas and expand his rule. Kornhoer attempts to recreate the technology of electric light. Zerchi fights to stop euthanasia of terminal radiation poisoning patients, while Dr. Cors tries to help patients by either treating them or recommending euthanasia. These are just a few examples; feel free to choose your own examples from the novel.

Choose two characters and their respective tasks to compare and contrast. What do the characters hope to gain from their work? What do others think of their work? What do they accomplish, and how does it live on in the future?

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