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 does Hannegan issue a decree condemning?

2. What does the statue at the mercy camp resemble?

3. What does Mad Bear rule?

4. How long are the enemy cities bombed in the myth of the Flame Deluge?

5. Who is Mrs. Grales?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the legend of Leibowitz's death.

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

3. Why have nuclear weapons been banned?

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

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

6. Describe Zerchi's dream about Rachel.

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

8. How is Zerchi required to practice what he preaches about suffering and euthanasia?

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

10. What is the purpose of Quo peregrinaqtur grex?

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 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 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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