Forward the Foundation Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is established about the protagonist in Part 1, Eto Demerzel, Chapter 1? Where is the protagonist working?

Forward to Foundation opens with Hari Seldon and his closest collaborator in the psychohistory project discussing contemporary politics. It establishes that Hari is suffering under the administrative burden of heading the mathematics department at Streeling University.

2. What is the goal of the psychohistorians, as established in Part 1, Eto Demerzel, Chapter 1? How does Yugo Amaryl feel about this goal?

The psychohistorians doubt that they can render their tool effective to head off a collapse of Imperial power, but want to ameliorate the effects on humanity in the wake of the fall. Yugo Amaryl, whom Hari acknowledges as the more perceptive and energetic worker, is a partisan of letting intuition supplement theory and calculation.

3. What major figures in Hari's life does he recall in Part 1, Eto Demerzel, Chapter 1?

Hari recalls four indispensable figures from Prelude to Foundation, which takes place some eight years earlier. These are Eto Demerzel, who serves currently as the First Minister, Dors Venabili, who is Hari's protector and beloved spouse, Yugo Amaryl and Raych Seldon, who is Hari's and Dors' adopted son.

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