I, Robot 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. Cutie refers to what as “the Master” in “Reason”?

2. In what year does Susan Calvin say that the mobile speaking robot was invented in Chapter One, “Robbie”?

3. How long has Donovan been on paid vacation in the beginning of “Catch That Rabbit”?

4. What is Speedy mining for when he disappears in “Runaround”?

5. How tall is Dave in “Catch That Rabbit”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is taking place in the beginning of “Robbie”? How are the principle characters described?

2. What ultimatum does Gloria give Robbie in the beginning of “Robbie”? How does he respond?

3. What principle purpose does the Introduction of I, Robot serve?

4. What conclusion does Donovan reach upon observing the robots’ behavior in “Catch That Rabbit”? What does Powell conclude?

5. What does Donovan discover when he goes to check the Converter in “Reason”?

6. What theme is established in the book’s Introduction?

7. How is the robot Cutie described in the beginning of “Reason”? What objective does he state in the beginning of the story?

8. What is the conflict established in the beginning of “Catch That Rabbit”?

9. What is foreshadowed by Dr. Calvin’s comments about labor unions and religious groups in the Introduction?

10. What is discovered about the earlier generation robots in “Runaround”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the character of Herbie in “Liar!” What is symbolized by the robot Herbie? Why are romance novels significant to the robot? What relationship does Dr. Calvin have with Herbie?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the setting of “Catch That Rabbit.” In what year does the story begin? Where are Powell and Donovan stationed in this story? How do they feel about the setting and their objectives?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the plot structure of “Runaround.” How does this story compare with “Robbie” in relation to its subject, themes, and characters? How do the Three Laws of Robotics apply in each story? What similarities do the robots share?

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