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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. How do the professors at the school stop themselves from being distracted?

2. What is different about the water taps in Shevek's room?

3. What does Shevek spend his free time doing?

4. Why does Sabul become angry with Shevek?

5. Whose grave does Shevek visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what is Shevek really fighting?

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

3. How does seeing Odo's grave and prison give Shevek a better perspective?

4. What do you think Shevek discoverd at the Terran Embassy?

5. In what way has Anarres become resemble more a dystopia than utopia?

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

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

8. In what way is Vea's argument similar to Bedap's?

9. What do you think the wall means in relation to the contact he has to make with Urras?

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

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

The wall is an important metaphor in the story and means different things at different points.

1) What does the wall that surrounds the Port of Anarres symbolize?

2) What is the significance of the prison walls that surround Kadagv?

3) What is the link between the wall and Shevek's parents?

4) What do you think the overall meaning of the wall is?

Essay Topic 3

What is an anarchist society? What do you think it would be like to live in one?

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