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. After the war, what does Hannegan do to Apollo?

2. What does Asian radio say about the destruction of Texarkana?

3. For whom does Paulo think Benjamin is waiting?

4. How does Paulo feel about Taddeo's approaching visit?

5. What does Taddeo believe the monks have done?

Short Essay Questions

1. What might lead the reader to believe Benjamin's story about his age?

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

3. What shocks the abbot most about Kornhoer's invention?

4. What is the implication of Rachel refusing baptism?

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

6. Who is eligible for euthanasia?

7. What story does Zerchi tell the dying woman, to convince her not to kill herself and her child?

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

9. Why have nuclear weapons been banned?

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 culture in the novel.

Part 1) How do cultures and cultural values change over time? Discuss the prevailing culture before the Flame Deluge and during each of the three parts of the novel.

Part 2) How do cultures clash in the novel? How do cultural clashes lead to war? How do cultural clashes determine cultural values and future development?

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

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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