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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 did Tirrin contend with Shevek about Urras?

2. Why did Tirin have to spend time in the asylum?

3. Which of his old friends does Shevek run into after the death of his teacher?

4. Of which doctor does Shevek write a critique?

5. Why is Shevek surprised that the scientists on Anarres correspond with Urrasti scientists?

Short Essay Questions

1. What line doe Shevek draw between the Urrasti and Anarresti pasts?

2. What does Shevek believe he is seeing?

3. How does Shevek cope with leaving behind the familiarity of his world?

4. What does Shevek now represent to his world?

5. What is the overall outcome of the council meeting?

6. How is Shevek forced to reevaluate his concept of time?

7. Why is the return of the character Bedap important?

8. Why is Anarres the key to Urras?

9. In what does Shevek now feel disorientated?

10. How does time again become an issue in this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During the book, there is a revolution in Benbil. What is the importance of revolution? Why do think it is more prevalent in some societies than others?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss if you think the following statement is true. The adult Shevak learns that hope exists to end suffering.

Essay Topic 3

Compare Urras and Anarres. What are the negative and positive points of each society? Are there similar countries in our reality? What are their relationships?

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