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 does Taddeo suspect surviving mankind might be?

2. What does Zerchi have in his office?

3. What behavior of Taddeo's party worries Paulo?

4. Why does Taddeo prefer the fragile original documents to the copies?

5. What do the Asians claim the nuclear detonation is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the APLAC a necessary device?

2. Why is Paulo opposed to euthanasia?

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

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

5. What is the likely reason Taddeo does not arrive on time at the monastery?

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

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

8. Describe Zerchi's dream about Rachel.

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

10. Why have nuclear weapons been banned?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Discuss the nature of knowledge in the novel.

Part 1) What do the Memorabilia represent? Why do the monks want to preserve it?

Part 2) Is knowledge good or evil or neutral? What are the consequences, positive and negative, of mankind's gaining of knowledge? How does knowledge in the novel relate to the story of the Garden of Eden and the fall of man for tasting the fruit of the tree of knowledge?

Part 3) Can knowledge be permanently lost?

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