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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. Where does Shevek begin his teaching on Urras?

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

3. Why does Shevek find shopping such as awful experience?

4. What does Shevek spend his free time doing?

5. What year is Shevek in when Gvarab dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Shevek not see his apparent freedom as a good thing?

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

3. What negative aspects of Anarrasti society does the meeting highlight?

4. What do you think the wall symbolizes in this chapter?

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

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

7. What is the only way Shevek can achieve his mission?

8. What does Kvetur's imprisonment symbolize?

9. How does Shevek realize that Tirrin's ideas were right?

10. What symbolizes the fact they may not be living in a truly free society?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

A major theme in the book is that different people have different ideas and at one point Shevek has an argument with Vea. How do their opinions differ? Why is it important that they come to a compromise?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss your thoughts on the following statement: Married couples or people in long-term relationships should live apart so they can achieve their own goals and develop their own life.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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