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Cosmicomics Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Qfwfq complain about the Z'zu family wanting to do?



2. How does Qfwfq feel as he continues to wait to find his sign after the first galactic revolution?



3. How does Mr. Pber^t Pber^d feel about Mrs. Ph(i)nK_0?



4. Who is the Deaf One in love with?



5. How does Qfwfq personify the other galaxies he goes by?



Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Qfwfq say that the sign is more important than its function of marking a place?



2. How does Qfwfq describe Dean (k)yK, on a typical day in the present?



3. How does Lll react when she first meets N'ba N'ga?



4. What happens to Mrs. Ph(i)nK_0 at the end of the story?



5. What outstanding physical characteristics does Mr. Pber^t Pber^d have?



6. Describe Qfwfq's creation of a galaxy.



7. How is the food that the characters collect from the moon made?



8. What object's beauty do Qfwfq and Ayl disagree about?



9. What is the attitude of the New Ones to the Dinosaurs, when Qfwfq first encounters the New Ones after his period of isolation?



10. Why does the narrator get an enormous sign of a hand with a pointing finger?



Essay Topics

Throughout COSMICOMICS, Qfwfq and the unnamed narrator have rivalries with other characters. Discuss rivalry in COSMICOMICS.

1) The narrator has rivalries for love in "The Form of Space," "The Aquatic Uncle," and "The Distance of the Moon." How does love relate to rivalry? What causes the rivalries in these stories, and how are rivalries based on competing love unique?

2) The narrator has rivalries based on competition in "A Sign in Space," "Games without End," and "How Much Shall We Bet?" How does competition relate to rivalry? What causes the rivalries in these stories? How is competition resolved?

3) How are rivalries perpetuated in Calvino's stories?

In COSMICOMICS, the characters exist over enormous periods of time, while astronomical events take place in the formation of the universe. Discuss the role of time in COSMICOMICS.

1) What role does time play in communication in "The Light-Years"? How does time affect the separation between individuals?

2) What is the role of time in "The Dinosaurs"? How does time change perception?

3) What is the effect of passing time on the characters? How does passing time affect older characters like Qfwfq's uncle in "The Aquatic Uncle," and his grandmother in "At Daybreak"?

4) What is the effect of astronomical lengths of time in the stories? How does the passage of astronomical lengths of time affect the betting in "How Much Shall We Bet?" and Qfwfq in "A Sign in Space"? How do the astronomical lengths of time in the novel affect the reader's understanding of Qfwfq?

The characters in COSMICOMICS have strange names which use symbols not normally found in names. Discuss the characters' names in COSMICOMICS.

1) Why are the names of Qfwfq's rivals Pfwfp and Kgwgk so similar to Qfwfq's name?

2) Why do the characters have unpronounceable names, with mathematical symbols and numbers in them? What affect do the strange names have on the reader? How do the names relate to the scientific subject matter of the stories? How do the names relate to the fantasy elements of the stories?

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