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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 does Sabul discourage Shevek from sending another paper to Dr. Atro?

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

4. About what does Shevek dream?

5. What does Chifoilisk tell Shevek?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Tirrin reacted so badly to the Authorities' not liking his play?

2. What hope does Shevek and Ketho bring to the two planets?

3. What does Kvetur's imprisonment symbolize?

4. How does Shevek's trip to the retail district of Nio Esseia poke holes in his belief that Urrasti society is all-providing?

5. In what way does Shevek re-evaluate his purpose on Urras?

6. How will Shevek's temporal theory bring world's together?

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

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

9. Why does Tirin rebel against his society's view of the universe?

10. Why have the two societies cut themselves off from each other?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Shevek's character.

1) What is his background?

2) What does he look like?

3) What are his motivations and objectives?

4) Why is he so important to the two worlds?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Le Guin often talks negatively about Urras and its materialism. How true do you think Le Guin's negative representation of materialism is? What kind of society does materialism create?

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