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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 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

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the portrayal of women in CosmicomicsCOSMICOMICS.

1) Compare Ayl, Lll, and Qfwfq's sister G'd(w)^n. How are these characters similar? Are their similarities related to their gender? Are their other female characters who share similarities? Are there female characters who contrast to these three women?

2) What attracts Qfwfq or the unnamed narrator to female love interests? What is the source of love? How does Qfwfq and the unnamed narrator perceive women?

3) Discuss Mrs. Ph(i)NK_0. How does she represent women? How is she treated differently from the other characters in "All at One Point"? How does she compare with representations of women in other stories?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Characters in COSMICOMICS use reason and logic to different degrees to try to understand the universe. Discuss the role of reason and logic in COSMICOMICS.

1) How does Qfwfq use reason and logic to understand the universe in "How Much Shall We Bet?" What does Qfwfq miss about understanding the universe, through using reason and logic?

2) How does the narrator use reason and logic to understand the path of his fall and how to interact with other characters in "The Form of Space"? What role does reason and logic play in the narrator's personal relationships with the other characters?

3) How does Qfwfq's great-uncle use reason and logic to defend his position in "The Aquatic Uncle"? Why does his reason and logic break down when he is asked to make decisions about events that take place on land?

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