1. What is the general theme of the book, which is set up in Chapter 1, and how is that evidenced by the first chapter?
Chapter 1 makes an obvious point that the book is to be about the fight between good and evil in the galaxy. This is evidenced by the mention of the former Rebellion, which is now known as the New Republic, and its opposition to the evil Empire. The implications are that there will be battles between the two groups as the book moves forward.
2. What was Pallaeon's role in the battle with the Rebellion and how might this influence his decisions about the New Republic and the Imperials as the book progresses, based on Chapter 1?
Captain Pallaeon, a veteran of the old Empire, recalls the Imperial defeat that lead to the subsequent Rebel victory. Pallaeon regrets the Emperor's decision to build a second Death Star, since flaws were discovered in the first one, which the Rebellion also destroyed. This indicates that, while clearly on the Imperial side of things, Pallaeon may question authority figures, since he didn't like the old Emperor's decisions.
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