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

2. What does Chifoilisk tell Shevek?

3. What is the name of Shevek's teacher?

4. What best describes Shevek's students?

5. What does Palat tell the women at the nursery?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Shevek's world like?

2. What is the difference between Shevek and Tirn's view on why they are forbidden to interact with Urrasti?

3. In what does time again become an important factor at the end of the chapter?

4. In what way does the demonstration wake up the rebels?

5. In what way do Shevek and Takver deal differently with the drought?

6. What does Kvetur's imprisonment symbolize?

7. In what way is Shevek finding it difficult to adjust to his surroundings?

8. Why it is important for Shevek and Takver not to "own each other"?

9. What is the significance of the wall surrounding the port?

10. How does Sabul prove Tirin's theory correct?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What similarities do Le Guin's worlds have with our own world?

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

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?

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