Foundation and Earth Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 at the ship's destination?

2. What is the official truly interested in?

3. How many animals surround Trevize?

4. What does Trevize say when Pelorat asks him to accept Bliss?

5. After their experience on Aurora, what does Trevize offer Bliss?

Short Essay Questions

1. How long has it been since there has been war in the galaxy?

2. At the beginning of the novel, what former decision does Trevize question?

3. When was Gaia first formed?

4. 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?

5. Why does Trevize seem annoyed by the rain when the spaceship is departing?

6. Why does Pelorat want to stay on Aurora?

7. Why is the Far Star important to Comporellon?

8. What kinds of plants and animals did the early space travelers introduce onto Aurora?

9. Why are the oldest records of Gaia stored in inanimate, inaccessible locations?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The societies depicted in Foundation and Earth adapt to their environments and also adapt their environments to their own needs.

1) Compare in what ways do the planets Trevize visits adapt to their environments, and in what ways they adapt the environments to their own needs.

2) Is it better in the novel to adapt to an environment or to try to change the environment? Are both necessary?

3) Is it dangerous to try to change one's environment? Can it be dangerous to try to adapt to an environment?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the power of the individual versus the power of the group in the novel.

1) Is Daneel more powerful than Gaia because he is a truly single entity, not a group consciousness?

2) What advantages does Trevize's individuality give him over groups? What disadvantages does he have as a single individual?

3) What are the disadvantages of governments and ruling groups in the novel? What are their advantages?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the nature of Gaia.

1) Are the members of Gaia truly individuals? To what extent? Do they lose their individuality as part of Gaia?

2) Does the joined consciousness of Gaia mean better decisions? Could Gaia make wrong choices leading to bad results?

3) Would it be a good idea for all humankind to join together as part of Gaia?

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