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 name does the Old Jew go by in Chapter 25?

2. Who does Hannegan issue a decree condemning?

3. What is Thon Maho Makh investigating?

4. What does Benjamin say the sign outside his tent means?

5. What does Taddeo request for his journey?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Gault afraid is Hannegan's intention for the abbey?

3. What is Paulo's primary concern at the onset of war?

4. Why is Paulo opposed to euthanasia?

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

6. Why do the Poet's jokes cause so much upset at the dinner?

7. What angers Paulo about the news of the governments' reactions to the nuclear incident?

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

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

10. Describe Mad Bear's political plans.

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

What is the nature and meaning of ritual in the novel? What is the purpose of the elaborate ritual of canonization, although the Pope and Vatican are poor? What are the rituals of the monks, and do they serve to preserve knowledge or to hide it? What is the purpose of Francis' ritual fast in the desert? Are these and other rituals in the novel effective? What happens when ritual loses its original meaning?

Essay Topic 3

The novel presents dreams, impressions, and myths of the characters, such as the abbot's dream about Rachel, Joshua's impression of the possible snake in the garden, Zerchi's hallucinations as he is dying, and myths about the Great Deluge and Leibowitz. How can the reader and the characters tell the truth from human perception or myth? In what way, or ways, are these perceptions and myths real? In what way or ways are they false?

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