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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 is Bliss unable to retrieve?

2. What does Bliss call people who are not part of Gaia?

3. What is Bliss able to detect about the animal life on the planet?

4. What does Trevize look for as a landing spot?

5. What happens to Trevize, Bliss, and Pelorat when they land?

Short Essay Questions

1. What possible reason does Trevize think the sensors might not detect life on the entry stations to Aurora, if there were someone guarding the planet?

2. Why would a Gaian naturally value law?

3. Why does Bliss think marriage is unnecessary for Gaians?

4. By allowing Trevize to land, what is the border official prioritizing above the law of society?

5. What does Pelorat say the rain means, when the spaceship is departing?

6. What does the choice of clothing of people on Comporellon show about human nature?

7. What caused Yariff's project to find Earth to fail?

8. Why would a Gaian naturally value truth?

9. What does the minister plan to do if anyone questions her decision to let Trevize leave?

10. Why isn't the government interested in capturing Trevize?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

By letting cultures develop unplanned, they are developing by chance. When mankind steps in, for instance through genetic engineering, the changes are purposeful.

1) Does purposeful change and adaptation have better results than planned change and adaptation in the novel?

2) Is it possible to predict the results of planned changes, or is there always an element of chance?

Essay Topic 2

Human beings have a tendency to look at those outside our own cultural groups as "others," often to be feared or distrusted. Discuss the "other" in the novel.

1) How does Fallom's lack of gender, as neither male nor female, make him an "other" to Trevize?

2) Trevize seems to view Bliss as an "other" at the beginning of the novel and then come to accept her over time. How does this transformation happen?

3) How does distrust of the "other" protect societies and cultures in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Compare Gaia and Solaria. Both have gone to opposite extremes. In Gaia, all mankind and nature has joined together. In Solaria, each human separates himself from other humans and from the natural environment, living in a robot-built estate underground. However, in both Gaia and Solaria, peace is achieved through a lack of conflict. Compare the different values that the societies exhibit, and how they attempt to resolve the conflict between the individual and the society. After the attempt, do these cultures still contain "individuals"? Do they still contain "societies"? Is one possible without the other?

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