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

2. What does Paulo say Taddeo's evidence comes from?

3. What is Thon Esser Shon trying to create?

4. Why doesn't Mrs. Grayles go to Father Selo for confession?

5. How has Taddeo responded to the Memorabilia?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Paulo opposed to euthanasia?

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

3. What might lead the reader to believe Benjamin's story about his age?

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

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

6. Why have nuclear weapons been banned?

7. Why doesn't Taddeo want to alienate Hannegan?

8. What is the implication of Rachel refusing baptism?

9. Why does Paulo feel like a shoemaker in a village of shoemakers?

10. Why is the APLAC a necessary device?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the Simplification.

Part 1) What were the people's motives for the Simplification? Are the goals of the Simplification desirable? What was lost and gained because of the Simplification?

Part 2) Were any of the actions of the Simplification justified?

Part 3) Are the goals of the Simplification realistic or possible?

Essay Topic 3

Compare the relationship between Dr. Cors and Zerchi to the relationship between Taddeo and Paulo. Each abbot meets a man of science who has a very different perspective than his own. Describe the conflicts arising between the abbots and the scientists, and discuss each abbot's perspective on the scientist.

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