Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Test | Mid-Book 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 Isidore want to do for Pris when he gets back?

2. Which city is the Rosen Corporation located?

3. How does Dick describe the Opera House?

4. What does Deckard show Garland?

5. What has happened to Bill Barbour's horse?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dick describe Rick's relief at surviving Polotov's onslaught?

2. What does Rachael's offer say about how androids feel?

3. In chapter 14 do you think Stratton shows a genuine admiration for Isidor?

4. In chapter 12 what do you think Munch's Scream symbolizes in the context of the story?

5. Is Rick attracted to androids?

6. In what way does Rick question his beliefs?

7. In chapter 17 what are the similarities between Rachael and Rick?

8. In what ways does Dick shows the difference between Isidore and Stratton?

9. In what way does Rick's sheep symbolize denial of the artificiality of his life?

10. In chapter 11 what does the fact Resch believes he could be an android show about Dick's post war society?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While Dick writes about a future world he takes elements and even generic conventions from other genre's. For example the main character Rick Deckard has the lonely and cynical view of a private eye from a Ray Chandler novel

1) What other generic conventions does Dick use in the novel? Are they merely homages?

2) In which ways do you think the future setting of the novel changes the meaning of any generic conventions Dick uses?

Essay Topic 2

Rick Deckard is the main character of the the book, but the point of view switches between him and John Isidore.

1) Look at the differences between these two characters? Do they share any similarities Why do you think Dick uses two such different main characters.

2) What do you think would happen if John Isidore was taken out of the story? Would it be much different?

Essay Topic 3

The novel takes place during a short, but unspecified time period.

1) What do think is the time scale of the book? How does it affect the atmosphere of the novel?

2) How much can the reader get to know the characters in such a short time? For example has the reader just entered a low point in Rick's life?

3) How do you think the novel would change if the story was set over a longer time period?

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