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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 year is Shevek in when Gvarab dies?

2. What does Desar's visit make Sabul realize?

3. Which character writes the introduction to Shevek's paper?

4. What kind of poor people does Shevek say he sees while driving about?

5. Which of the following is a scientific theory about which the scientists talk to Shevek?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what is Shevek really fighting?

2. In what way does Efor stoke Shevek's sense of failure?

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

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

5. In what ways does Shevek feel isolated?

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

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

8. How does Shevek react when Rulag tells him she is proud of him?

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

10. In what ways does Shevek begin to feel more connected to the Urrasti people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

The Anarres government tries its best to portray Urras in a negative light. What countries and groups do you think America presents in a negative light in:

1) The media

2) Education

What are the reasons for doing this? What effect does it have?

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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