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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 identify as the first numbers to exist?

2. What is N'ba N'ga's relationship to Qfwfq?

3. When Ursula H'x begins swaying during her fall, what does Lieutenant Fenimore do?

4. In the world millions of years later, where does the narrator see the image of the first female mollusk he interacts with?

5. What does Lll do after N'ba N'ga says that he could teach her to live in the water?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes the narrator's suspicions about the female he encounters?

2. How does Zahn first react to Qfwfq?

3. Describe N'ba N'ga's objections to living on land.

4. When does the narrator suppose that he might finally meet Ursula, and what does he fear about that potential meeting?

5. What does N'ba N'ga like about the water where he lives?

6. In the end of the mollusk's story, in what way does he encounter the female mollusk?

7. Why does the narrator not want to show his desire to meet Ursula at the beginning of the story "The Form of Space"?

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

9. How do the New Ones' perception of dinosaurs change over the time Qfwfq is with them?

10. In what way, according to the narrator's description, does the existence of a shell bring about eyes and the ability to see?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout COSMICOMICS, characters generate ideas for the first time and do or conceive of things before the things themselves, or integral parts of those things, exist. Discuss these prototypes in COSMICOMICS.

1) How does Qfwfq think about the first sign? What is the significance of the sign being the "first"? How does this prototype differ from later signs?

2) How does the society in the point in "All at One Point" function as a prototype of later societies that will exist in the expanded universe?

3) How do the characters in "How Much Shall We Bet?" create a prototype of betting? How does betting change as the universe develops?

4) Why are there so many prototypes throughout COSMICOMICS? How are they related to each other and to the themes of the story collection?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the stories in COSMICOMICS deal with change and stasis, and the characters' reactions to changes in their world. Discuss change and stasis in COSMICOMICS.

1) Which of the stories in COSMICOMICS are set at moments of change in the development of the universe? How do the characters respond to change?

2) Are there patterns to how different types of characters respond to change in COSMICOMICS? How do women respond differently than men? How do older people respond differently to younger people?

3) What is the role of stasis in COSMICOMICS? In what way are the end of "Games without End" and the parallel falls in "The Form of Space" representations of stasis, in contrast to change represented in other stories?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout COSMICOMICS, Qfwfq feels judged by others, and characters enter into petty squabbles with each other. Discuss judgment throughout COSMICOMICS.

1) In "A Sign in Space," why does Qfwfq feel judged? What reasons does he have to feel that others are judging him? How does he judge himself?

2) In "All at One Point," how do the characters judge and criticize each other? Why is Mrs. Ph(i)NK_0 immune to this judgmental behavior?

3) How do Qfwfq and his uncle judge each other in "The Aquatic Uncle"? Where do their opinions of each other stem from?

4) In "The Light-Years," why does the narrator feel judged? How does he judge himself? How does his perception of being judged affect his actions and his relationship with others?

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