A Canticle for Leibowitz Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Taddeo react to Kornhoer's invention?

2. What does Joshua think he hears in the rose garden?

3. What does Mad Bear rule?

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

5. Why does Taddeo want the measurement of how deep the wood is worn down at the entrance to the refectory?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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?

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