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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. Who enters the dining hall at the end of Chapter 20 to see Taddeo?
2. Who does Zerchi take to town?
3. How does Taddeo react to Kornhoer's invention?
4. What does Benjamin say the sign outside his tent means?
5. How many monks does it take to run the invention?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Zerchi's dream about Rachel.
2. Why does the idea that mankind is a servant race created by a society of betters appeal to Taddeo?
3. Why does Paulo feel like a shoemaker in a village of shoemakers?
4. What is the purpose of Quo peregrinaqtur grex?
5. What is Paulo's primary concern at the onset of war?
6. What power does New Rome give Joshua's colony, in the event of the destruction of the Earth?
7. What story does Zerchi tell the dying woman, to convince her not to kill herself and her child?
8. Why is Paulo opposed to euthanasia?
9. What might lead the reader to believe Benjamin's story about his age?
10. Why have nuclear weapons been banned?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Taddeo believes that he finds evidence that the current human race was a created race of servants, inferior to the great civilization of the past. His own personal view of humanity colors how he views this evidence. Discuss the way that personal points of view affect the interpretation of evidence and events throughout the novel. Include in your discussion Francis, Cheroki, and Arkos' reactions to the discovery of the Fallout Shelter; Paulo, Taddeo, and Armbruster's reactions to the electric light; and Zerchi's reaction to reports of movements or responses from Mrs. Grales' second head, Rachel.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss leadership in the novel. What qualities make for a good leader? Discuss both political leaders and religious leaders portrayed in the book. How do their leadership styles and beliefs lead to success and failure, both personally and for the communities they lead?
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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