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 Rachel refuse from Zerchi?

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

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

4. What does Paulo tell Kornhoer?

5. What does Tadeo offer to do after the war begins?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is eligible for euthanasia?

4. Why have nuclear weapons been banned?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss faith versus science in the context of the novel. Which characters value faith, and which characters value science? Include Francis, Leibowitz, Taddeo, Dr. Cors, and Zerchi in your discussion, as well as any other characters you feel are significant to the idea of faith versus science. Are the two always incompatible? How do the fates of the characters and of the society relate to faith and to science?

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

Discuss the politics involved in the canonization of Leibowitz and in Hannegan's goal to expand his rule. How do politics affect the development of knowledge? How do politics affect the acceptance of ideas and discoveries?

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