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. Who steals one of the officers' drawings?

2. About what do Dr. Cors and Zerchi disagree?

3. Whose skull does Zerchi see as he lays dying?

4. What does the Defense Minister say about reports of increased radiation levels and nuclear testing?

5. How long does the abbot give Joshua to decide whether to go on the mission to Alpha Centauri?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the idea that mankind is a servant race created by a society of betters appeal to Taddeo?

2. Describe Mad Bear's political plans.

3. Why does Taddeo think Kornhoer would be valuable to him?

4. How does Mad Bear view Taddeo's party?

5. Who is eligible for euthanasia?

6. Describe the legend of Leibowitz's death.

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

8. What is the literary style of the story of the Flame Deluge read to Taddeo at the beginning of Chapter 18?

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

10. Describe Zerchi's dream about Rachel.

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 Original Sin in the novel.

Part 1) Does Original Sin doom mankind to self-destruction? How does Original Sin show in mankind's actions throughout all three parts of the novel?

Part 2) How does Rachel represent a break from Original Sin?

Part 3) Does Original Sin doom mankind on colonies in space? Does the novel give any hope for overcoming Original Sin?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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