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 Zerchi take to town?

2. How has Taddeo responded to the Memorabilia?

3. What does the mythological Blackeneth do?

4. How many priests does the abbey send on the mission?

5. How does Zerchi respond to news reports about the nuclear crisis?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What makes Paulo lose hope that Taddeo might be able to intervene to prevent the upcoming war?

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

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

5. Why is Paulo opposed to euthanasia?

6. What is the implication of Rachel refusing baptism?

7. What is the purpose of Quo peregrinaqtur grex?

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

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

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

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

The novel contains many objects that take on meaning and importance to the characters. Choose one of the following characters and objects and discuss the significance of the object to that character.

1) Discuss the significance of Leibowitz's blueprint to Francis.

2) Discuss the significance of the Poet's eye to the Poet.

3) Discuss the significance of the wooden statue of Leibowitz to the three abbots.

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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